The calendar may say winter, but community gardeners from Newark, Essex County and beyond will be thinking of spring planting at the 5th Annual Beds and Breakfast Seminar presented by Greater Newark Conservancy. The event will take place on Saturday, February 20th from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. (snow date March 5th) at the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince Street (between South Orange Avenue and Springfield Avenue – across from the new ShopRite of Newark).

Garden Guru Tom Fox will be the Keynote Speaker, and will talk about great ways for families to disconnect from technology and connect together in the garden!

In addition to sharing information and tips with other gardening enthusiasts and a bountiful buffet breakfast, participants will enjoy a full slate of workshops, demonstrations and presentations covering topics like perennial food systems, vermiculture (worm composting), essential oils, vertical & container gardening, tree care , birds, bees and butterflies, intensive vegetable gardening for small spaces, raising chickens and seed starting. Resource tables filled with information from seed companies and local organizations will also be on display.

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“Local gardening enthusiasts are already looking ahead and hoping for an early spring,” noted Robin Dougherty, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “The Beds & Breakfast Seminar has proven very popular with people who want to get a head-start on the season, and we look forward to once again connecting them with local resources and programs.”

Space is limited to the first 60 people who register. Register and pay by February 16th to ensure your participation. The registration fee includes a delicious fresh and nutritious breakfast, free seeds and other giveaways and resources. No walk-ins can be accommodated on the day of the event. Participants must be aged 16 and older (no child care is available).

To register for the Beds & Breakfast Seminar, for more information about programs, services and volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact Greater Newark Conservancy at 973-642-4646 or visit You can also follow news from the Conservancy through social media at, plus Twitter and Instagram - @Citybloom87.