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‘Designing and Planning Your Garden’ Seminar Now on February 16

February 15, 2011

[FERNDALE] – The Sullivan Renaissance seminar entitled “Gardening is FUNdamental” is being held on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale.  This is a rescheduled time due to a weather cancellation earlier this month.

Individuals who signed up to attend the original February 2nd date have been automatically re-registered.  To confirm your registration or for more information, call 845-295-2445.

Presented by gardening expert Mary Lewis, this seminar will help individuals and groups begin garden projects by providing a check list of the necessary elements that should be considered when designing and planning a garden.  Topics will include location, soil testing, soil amendments, layout, plant choice, plant arrangement and more.

Lewis has been a Sullivan Renaissance judge for the past nine years.  She is founder and principal of Barncroft, a garden design firm; chair of Zone III 2008 Annual Meeting of the Garden Clubs of America; and past president of Orange and Dutchess Garden Club.  She is a graduate of Cornell University and studies botanical art at New York Botanical Garden.

Sullivan Renaissance places a strong emphasis on good design.  In order to receive grants this year, all garden and landscaping projects will have to submit a garden design plan and plant list. 


Everyone is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served. 


Individuals interested in Sullivan Renaissance should also register for the annual Winter Conference and Expo on Saturday, February 26 at the CVI Building.  The keynote speaker is tourism expert Dr. Peter Tarlow.  To sign up on-line, go to and click on the Sullivan Renaissance Rooster at the top of the page.  To obtain a workshop registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  To send in a registration form, email to; fax it to 845-295-2746; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.