MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - Whether or not Milltown Mel predicts an early spring or six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day, now is the time to begin planning those spring and summer gardens. The South Brunswick Public Library is hosting a Gardening Workshop as well as a seed and catalog exchange on Sunday, February 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the South Brunswick Food Pantry.

The event will feature keynote speaker Mike Van Clef. Clef has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University and more than 25 years of experience in land stewardship, planning and research. He currently serves as the Stewardship and Invasive Species Strike Team Program Director of the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Spaces. Following Clef's presentation, there will be a question and answer session with master gardeners as well as door prizes at 3:30 p.m. The program will also include a seed and catalog exchange, container garden instruction and an introduction of the Community Gardening Challenge 2020. The family-friendly event is open to all. Participants can bring clean plant containers, catalogs, seeds, plants and gardening tools to share or exchange.

Registration is  not required to attend the Gardening Workshop. The South Brunswick Public Library is located at 110 Kingston Lane in Monmouth Junction.