2018 Keynote Speaker

Mike McGrath

Mike McGrath is host of the nationally syndicated weekly Public Radio show You Bet Your Garden. An hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks”, YBYG airs every Saturday morning at 11 on it’s originating station, WHYY-FM (90.9) in Philadelphia, and at various times on other Public Radio stations across the nation. 


Mike was Editor-In-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine from February 1991 through December 1997, during which it was the largest circulating garden magazine in the world.  From 1993 through 1997, Mike was the regular gardening expert on the weekend edition of The Today Show, Saturday mornings on NBC. He has also appeared on Nova, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, PBS Healthweek, CNN, FOX, and as a regular contributor on the weekly PBS TV series “Your Organic Garden” and The Discovery Channel’s “Home Matters”. 


Mike has authored several gardening books.  His most recent publication is The Kitchen Garden Box; Save & Sow Seeds of Your Favorite Vegetables, a special boxed set of instructional cards and seed saving envelopes. His previous works include Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost, Kitchen Garden A to Z, and You Bet Your Tomatoes!

11:00 am - Everything You Know About Compost is Wrong!

Many people get into composting because they want to recycle their kitchen scraps. But a compost bin filled with kitchen scraps will still just be a compost bin filled with kitchen scraps a year later (and those scraps will not have improved in appearance one bit during that time). 

Mike McGrath, host of Public Radio’s “You Bet Your Garden” (heard locally on WHYY-FM) will reveal:

· which ingredient actually BECOMES the finished compost; 

· which ingredients are the best fuel for the fire; 

· three common compost additions that actually work AGAINST you; 

· why layering your pile is the worst thing you can do; 

· why compost should almost never be tilled into the soil; 

· and why only chumps turn their compost pile. 

It’s the express lane to no-work, high-quality, black gold!ill tell you why!


1:00 pm - Grow your Best Tasting Tomatoes EVER!

  

Tired of tasteless tomatoes? Envious of your neighbor's big juicy Love Apples? Tomato lover supreme Mike McGrath, host of the syndicated Public Radio show “You Bet Your Garden” (heard locally on WHYY-FM) and author of a book solely about the tastiest fruits of summer, will reveal the tricks and tips you need to be a tomato taste-test winner in this fast-paced workshop, focusing on the importance of correct planting, feeding, watering and support, with a special emphasis on common mistakes to avoid when growing big, tasty tomatoes in containers. Here's tip #1: Start saving your eggshells now! Then come to the workshop and Mike will tell you why!


Many people get into composting because they want to recycle their kitchen scraps. But a compost bin filled with kitchen scraps will still just be a compost bin filled with kitchen scraps a year later (and those scraps will not have improved in appearance one bit during that time). 

Mike McGrath, host of Public Radio’s “You Bet Your Garden” (heard locally on WHYY-FM) will reveal:

· which ingredient actually BECOMES the finished compost; 

· which ingredients are the best fuel for the fire; 

· three common compost additions that actually work AGAINST you; 

· why layering your pile is the worst thing you can do; 

· why compost should almost never be tilled into the soil; 

· and why only chumps turn their compost pile. 

It’s the express lane to no-work, high-quality, black gold! 

2018 Schedule of Speakers & Workshops

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Description of Presentations - 2018

Raising Chickens - 1:30 pm

Curious about raising chickens?  Join experienced chicken owner Brandon Bates to learn about their care - choosing a breed, selecting a coop, what to feed them, keeping them healthy, egg production, and protecting them from predators.

Learn how to save over $1,000 on your annual energy bills! - 1:30 pm

Join Phil Coleman to learn how you can save energy and reduce your bills each month with little to no up-front investment.  Phil has an MS in energy management and policy from PENN and works as technical advisor to the federal government in their energy management initiatives.  He co-founded and is President of A Few Steps, a non-profit organization that promotes energy conservation in the communities of the Wallingford/Swarthmore School District.

Downsizing - 5:00 pm

Are you ready to simplify your life by moving to a smaller home, apartment or retirement community?  Downsizing expert Margit Novack of Moving Solutions will address the emotions that often accompany downsizing as well as practical steps that you can take to make the process as smooth as possible.

Bookshelf Decorating Challenge - 4:15 pm

Watch interior decorator Liz MacDonald from the video series Shelf Help as she takes the challenge to transform a cluttered bookshelf into something functional and beautiful, while teaching the class how they can replicate the process at home.

Curb Appeal - 2:45 pm

Is the exterior of your home welcoming and does it reflect good design?  Whether you are about to sell your home, want to improve the look of your neighborhood, or want to enjoy your front yard, this presentation by Realtor and Certified Master Gardener Janae Alberts of Berkshire Hathaway will offer tips for your home and front yard that you can implement at home.

Organic Land & Lawn Care - 11:15 am

Want to learn how to take care of your yard without using harmful chemicals?  Architect Sangeetha Sambandam, an accredited organic land care professional, will introduce you to the basic techniques.

Planting a Pollinator Garden - Noon

Claudia Kent, Director of the Haverford College Arboretum, will discuss the benefits of planting a pollinator garden, how to choose your plants and care for them.  They will be selling pollinator plants at their outdoor booth throughout the day.

Aging in Place: Easy Living Now and Later - 10:30 am

Do you want to learn more about preparing your home to be easier to live in now and allow you to be a bit more ready for the future?  Join interior designer Susan Rains, a specialist in Aging in Place, who will discuss what it takes to prepare your home, so you can stay in control of your life and changing lifestyle. Susan helps people create homes that improve their health and well being while celebrating what makes them happy.

Tree Selection & Care - 12:45 pm

Learn from Arborist Bill Johnston of Bartlett Tree Care the basics of tree selection, planting, pruning and care.

Trends in Window Treatments - 3:30 pm

Something as simple as window treatments can tranform a room.  Join Jennifer Assetto of In the Fringe to learn about current options and trends in window treament design.

Beekeeping 101 - 3:00 pm

Are you interested in hosting bees in your yard and collecting your own honey?  Beekeeper Bruce Cooper Gill, Executive Director of Harriton House will explain the basic techniques and what supplies you would need to get started.

Attracting Birds to your Yard - 3:00 pm

Join Ben Labowitz from Wild Birds Unlimited to learn how to attract birds to your yard, using bird houses, bird feeders, water features and plants.

Stormwater Management for the Homeowner - Noon

Join Peter Puglionesi to learn about the importance of managing rainwater in our communities and what steps homeowners can take, such as planting trees, rain gardens, or installing rain barrels or rain chains.

Refresh your Home - 10:15 am

Whether you want to put your home on the market or just enjoy a fresh look in your home without the cost of a renovation, this presentation is for you.  Join Realtor and decorating/staging expert Erica Deuschle of Berkshire Hathaway as she outlines some simple ways you can improve the look inside your home.

Invest in Your Home - 2:00 pm

Whether you just purchased a fixer-upper, are thinking about a major renovation or addition, or want to prepare your house for sale, this presentation by Jeanette DiLuco of Keller Williams will outline the home improvements that will yield the highest returns.

Preserving Family Memory Collections - 11:15 am

Professional organizer and photo preservation specialist Sherrie Jenkins will provide an overview of the basic steps to tackle your family photo history.  Learn best practices for preserving and archiving your family photos, videos and memorabilia and sharing it with future generations. 

Container Gardening - 3:45 pm

Join Master Gardeners for a presentation and demonstration on container gardening for your porch, patio, or even planted as an herb or vegetable garden.

Haverford Township Permits - 10:30 am

Join Joe Celia, Director of Codes Enforcement, Building and Codesto learnf which projects needs permits in Haverford Township and what the permit process entails.

DeClutter2Delight: Compassionate and Green Clutter Control - 12:45 pm

Is your life weighed down with clutter and too much stuff?  Using humor and empathy, Life Coach Gari Weilbacher will share tips on how to get started putting your life back in order. 

Historic Window Care and Considerations - 2:15 pm

If you own an old house, the question of what to do with your windows has certainly come up.  Many folks will tell you that replacing your windows is your only option.  However, there is a better option; you could restore your old windows!  Join Adam Butler from Iconic Windows as he discusses your window restoration options and dispels myths about new windows.  He will share many tips for how to restore or maintain your old windows yourselves.

Advice for the Dim-witted Electrical "Do-it-Yourselfer" - Noon

Electrician Dan Namerow of Farryn Electric will cover some basics of home electricity for the "Do it Yourselfer," including:

  • Extension cords don't belong in your home - unless that's where you store them!
  • All LED bulbs are not created equal
  • How to beautify your facade and landscaping with outdoor lighting
  • Know your limits: Lights you can install safely vs. ones you should leave for a pro!
  • Surge protectors are not for toasters!

Advances and Options in Air Conditioning - 2:15 pm

Dara Gans & Brian Murphy of Charles B. Gans Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will cover homeowner options for air conditioning: traditional or high velocity systems, having one unit or two, and various thermostat options including WIFI.