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Master Gardeners to Demonstrate ‘Hands-in-the-Dirt’ Techniques

June 14, 2012

[LIBERTY] – Here’s a chance for first time enthusiasts to try their hand at gardening – and for seasoned planters to learn a few new techniques from master gardeners – at a free “Summer Gardening” workshop on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty.

Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County are co-sponsoring this “hands-in-the-dirt” gardening workshop for residents – including summer and part-time visitors.

The workshop will feature a look at the Cooperative Extension’s perennial teaching garden, the newly designed and planted Catskill Edible Garden, and new composting and watering equipment.

CCE Master Gardener Coordinator Susan Dollard and instructors from the master gardeners program will lead the demonstrations and discussion.  “We will ask each of you to discuss your present garden (or your hopes for a garden) and the needs you may have to make improvements.  Then we’ll let the master gardeners find the best way to handle these issues,” she said.

A class of 20 master gardeners completed an intensive 15-week program on May 8.  A second master gardener training class will be held this fall. 

Everyone is welcome.  Space is limited, pre-registration is requested.  Refreshments will be provided.  To register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at or 845-295-2445 – or Cornell Cooperative Extension at or 845-292-6180. 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by national, state and county governments – that helps New York residents put research-based knowledge to work.