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Keynote Address to be Webcast Live at

March 6, 2012

[FERNDALE] – The CVI Center will be filled with flowers and garden exhibitors for the 2012 Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference and Expo on Saturday, March 10 at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  The public is invited and there is no cost to attend. 

The keynote address will be delivered by Joe Lamp’l (aka Joe Gardener), host and executive producer of the award-winning series “Growing a Greener World” on public television, who will talk about gardening trends around the country.  The talk will also be available through a live webcast by going to 

A special feature of the conference is the introduction of the Renaissance Collection, a group of annuals and perennials that meet the challenges of gardening in Sullivan County.  These nine plants will be displayed at the expo, and the collection will be available at local nurseries and garden centers in the spring.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a light breakfast and the expo.  The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 2:00 p.m.  Door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion. 

The conference features exhibits and workshops on the Renaissance Collection, garden maintenance, recruiting volunteers, cultivating leaders, cultivating leaders, Main Street success stories, enhancing storefronts, and the Catskill Edible Garden Project.  Workshop space is limited to the first registrants, so please RSVP.

Recipients of the 17th Annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards will be recognized at the conference, which will also outline the new 2012 Sullivan Renaissance grant program and have applications available.

Check www.sullivanrenaissance.orgfor more details.  For more information and to register, call 845-295-2445. 

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