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Shorter days and cooler nights mean plenty to do in garden

September 23, 2011

[FERNDALE] – With the arrival of shorter days and cooler nights there is much to do to “put your garden to bed” for the winter and prepare for next spring.  Sullivan Renaissance is holding a fall gardening seminar entitled “Beds, Bulbs & Beyond” on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale. 

The seminar will be presented by gardening experts Mary Lewis and Vivian Multari-Ginsberg.  It will provide tips and advice for essential gardening tasks in the autumn months, including:

  • Protecting and winterizing perennial beds
  • Planting bulbs, shrubs and trees
  • Mulching, pruning and composting
  • Lawn care and repair
  • Soil testing
  • Dividing perennials
  • Preparing new beds now

Lewis is a consultant for Sullivan Renaissance and had been a Renaissance judge for 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.  A Cornell University graduate, she studies botanical art at New York Botanical Garden.

Multari-Ginsberg is the Sullivan Renaissance Horticulturalist and an avid gardener with over 25 years of experience.  She studied at the New YorkBotanical Garden and Master Gardener Program in Connecticut.  She practices organic vegetable and ornamental gardening both personally and professionally.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Those interested in learning more about Sullivan Renaissance are also invited.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by October 3.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS.

For more information or to register, visit or call 845-295-2445.