NEWARK, NJ - Forget the polar vortex – the time to start planning for the upcoming 2014 growing season is now! At Greater Newark Conservancy’s 3rd Annual Beds & Breakfast Seminar on Saturday, February 15th, community gardeners from Essex County and beyond are invited to share information and gardening tips while enjoying a delicious breakfast, exciting presentations, diverse panel discussions, networking, workshops and giveaways.

Resource tables filled with information from seed companies, the City of Newark and local non-profits will be available at the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince Street in Newark during the seminar. The program, which will run from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, brings together everyone from beginners to gardening veterans involved in community gardening efforts ranging from backyard plots to larger urban farms.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Karen Washington, co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS). A resident of the Bronx, NY, Washington has been an advocate for garden protection and preservation as a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens striving to make New York City a better place to live since 1985.

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Discussion topics will include Seed Starting, Butterflies, Birds & Bugs, Raising Honey & Eggs, Long & Short Term Planning, Gardening in Small Spaces and much more.

“Over the past two years, more than 100 people have participated in our Beds & Breakfast Programs,” noted Robin Dougherty, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “Whether you are new to gardening and need some guidance on how to get started, or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to enhance the quality of your garden, this seminar will be beneficial to you.”

Due to popular demand, the Conservancy must limit the number of participants to 40 who must be at least 15 years old (no child care available at the event).To guarantee your seat, pre-registration and payment of the $25 fee must be received by February 5th. No walk-ins can be accommodated on the day of the event.

To register for the Beds & Breakfast Seminar or for more information about Greater Newark Conservancy’s programs and services, call 973.642.4646 or visit