Is gardening an art?

After attending the Philadelphia Flower Show, and surveying some local gardens (and trying my hand at an herb garden and planting a very few flowers in front of the house), I have concluded that yes, gardening is indeed an art. Which accounts for this post alerting people to the free event with Mike McGrath of public radio’s You Bet Your Garden.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Allentown Public Library, 1210 W. Hamilton Street, “Swing into Spring with Mike McGrath” who will be talking about “how to grow tasty tomatoes and other vegetables” and answering questions from the audience. No tickets are required and admission is free.

An hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks,” You Bet Your Garden is a weekly, nationally syndicated Public Radio show airing out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia that offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide. Host Mike McGrath offers tips on fending off garden and household pests without the use of toxic chemicals, caring for lawns and landscapes without losing your mind, and growing without groaning in tough conditions like extreme heat, unending rain and lousy soil.

Host Mike McGrath was Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine from 1991 through 1997 and is the author of many books, including The Kitchen Garden Box (Quirk Publishing; 2009); Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost (Sterling Publishers; 2006); Kitchen Garden A to Z (Abrams; 2004) and You Bet Your Tomatoes(Rodale; 2002, and reissued in a brand new edition by Plain White Press in 2009).

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