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GARDENING EXPERT TO GIVE KEYNOTE

Sullivan Renaissance 2010 Winter Conference and Expo

January 18, 2010

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance will begin its 10th year of beautifying Sullivan County with a Conference and Expo on Saturday, February 20 at CVI Building in Ferndale.  Details of the Sullivan Renaissance grant program will be announced and 2010 applications will be available.

The conference will feature exhibits and workshops on the significance of flowers in beautifying a community, community gardens, rain barrels, youth leadership and economic development. 

The keynote address and two of the workshops will be led by C.L. Fornari, a gardening expert, author and professional speaker who believes that the lessons learned in the garden are relevant to work, relationships, spirituality and personal growth.  The host of “Gardenline” on WXTK radio, she has written several books and articles on gardening, including “A Garden Lover's Cape Cod,” “Gardening in Sandy Soils” and “Your Garden Shouldn't Make You Crazy.”

Fornari is a regular speaker to garden clubs, civic associations, green industry conferences and other groups including Garden Federation of America local and district meetings, annual corporate and alumni gatherings.  She has spoken at numerous flower shows including the New England Flower Show, The Philadelphia Flower Show, The Chicago Flower Show and The San Francisco Flower Show. 

The conference and expo will bloom with spring flowers, inspiration, and the tools and resources to make a difference in the community.  Conference attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite exhibit.  Door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion. 

Recipients of the annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards – to be recognized at the conference – will soon be announced. 

The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and registration.  The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 1:00 p.m.  Workshops include:

·         Creating and Managing a Successful Project – Helen Budrock: The secrets of how to successfully manage a project from idea to implementation.

·         Painless Permits & Permissions – Allen Frishman, Glenn Gidaly: What type of project triggers the need to obtain a state or local permit?  And how to obtain one.

·         Ask the Experts: Gardening with Nurseries: Advice and suggestions from your neighborhood garden centers and nurseries.

·         Moving from Inspiration to Installation – C.L. Fornari: This talk is about analyzing why we are inspired by a garden or landscape and how to use that information in our own gardens.

·         Cultivating Kids – C.L. Fornari: How to encourage children to become involved in the garden, including what adults can do to create future gardeners.

·         YOUth Can Make a Difference – Laura Quigley, Denise Frangipane: Sullivan County youth are invited to learn about ways that they have and can continue to make change in their communities.  Scholarships, internships and community service will also be discussed.

·         Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens: Making the Most of Rain – Heather Jacksy, Robert Hayes: Outdoor spaces can be used effectively to address extremes of water availability.  Explore two easy ways to capture rain water to create beautiful landscapes while keeping waterways clean and peak storm levels down.

·         ABCs of Community Vegetable Gardens – Challey Comer: Learn about successful models to create community vegetable gardens.  Anyone considering applying for a Sullivan Renaissance grant for a community garden is encouraged to attend.

·         Economic Development Charrette Follow-up – Luiz Aragon: A recent Charrette explored Sullivan County’s common economic future with stakeholders.  This session will work as a focus group to review the recommendations and get feedback.    

Workshop space will be limited to the first registrants.  To obtain a workshop registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445; or visit the website at www.sullivanrenaissance.org.  To send in a registration form, fax it to 845-295-2746; email to sgonzalez@sullivanrenaissance.org; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

This is a recycling event; appropriate receptacles will be provided for attendees.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 

For more information, call 845-295-2445.