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Value of Quality and Flowers to Tourism and Economic Development

March 29, 2011

[FERNDALE] – Katy Moss Warner, former director of horticulture and environmental initiatives at Walt Disney World in Florida, will address Sullivan Renaissance grant recipients at the 2011 Spring Forum on April 14.  She will talk about the importance of quality, the importance of gardens, and the value they deliver to tourism and economic development.  The public is invited.

The forum begins at 7:00 p.m. in the CVI Building in Ferndale.  Registration is requested.  The talk will also be available through a live webcast by going to 

The keynote will be followed by refreshments and distribution of grants and “flower dollars” to approximately three dozen beautification and community development projects.  Recipients will have a chance to talk with organizations that have volunteers interested in helping with individual projects. 

Katy Moss Warner is a board member of America in Bloom and recently judged the Village of Warwick when it won the international Communities in Bloom competition.  She is the President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society and served as its President from 2000 to 2006. 

She received the Agriculture Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Arizona, where she received a degree in landscape architecture in 1974.  She was awarded the Longwood Fellowship in 1994 and the Loeb Fellowship in the Harvard School of Design in 2000.  She has received numerous awards including the Torsanlorenzo International Prize for the Environment.  In 2000, she received an Honorary Life Membership in the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.

Several Sullivan Renaissance grant programs have rolling deadlines and are still accepting applications including: environmental and seasonal grants; mini-grants; and college scholarships for volunteers.  For more details check  For more information and to register for the forum, call 845-295-2445. 

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