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[FERNDALE] – Spring flowers and plants will come alive as Sullivan Renaissance holds its “Annual Conference, Local Market & Expo” on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the CVI Center in Ferndale. The CVI atrium will be filled with flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees designed to inspire thoughts of spring.
The event has three main elements:
· The conference features multiple workshops, awards presentation and keynote address;
· The local market will offer participants and guests the opportunity to purchase local, natural and organic goods from area farms and businesses; and
The expo highlights exhibits by many of Sullivan County’s garden centers and nurseries, along with other vendors with products and services of interest to volunteers.
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive impacts of community beautification on economic development and tourism. He will speak about the power and impact of volunteers to make change in their communities. Dr Tarlow has been working with Sullivan Renaissance for the past two years to explore opportunities with many individuals and organizations throughout Sullivan County. Dr. Tarlow will also present a workshop focused on youth leadership.
In addition to day’s activities, the 2013 Sullivan Renaissance grant program will be outlined and applications will be available. Additions to the Renaissance Collection of annuals and perennials will be introduced with a display of the plants at the expo. The collection will be available at local nurseries and garden centers in the spring.
Among the garden centers, nurseries and vendors exhibiting will be:
- Butterfly Botanicals
- Delaware Valley Farm & Garden
- Kean Artworks/Graphic Detail
- Liberty Home, Garden & Pet
- Manza Family Farm
- Monticello Farm Home & Garden
- SullivanArc Garden Tour
- Sullivan County Master Gardeners
- The Cutting Garden
- Tri-Valley Natural Resources Program
Recipients of the 18th Annual Sullivan First Achievement Awards – to be recognized at the conference – will soon be announced. Door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion.
This year’s conference features an expanded market where participants and guests can purchase local, natural and organic goods from area businesses. Products will include: artisan breads and pastries, local wines, handcrafted fresh pasta, locally roasted coffee, maple syrup and honey, plants and flowers, arts and crafts, and more.
The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and registration. The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 3:00 p.m. Workshops include:
· Youth Panel : This special session will engage Sullivan County youth in a dialogue about leadership and their role in shaping the future of their communities. Presenter: Dr. Peter Tarlow
· Meet Dr. Peter Tarlow: Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with keynote speaker Dr. Peter Tarlow for a discussion about your community’s beautification and tourism concerns or questions and comments. Sullivan Renaissance staff will schedule a specific time
· 2013 Renaissance Collection: The Renaissance Collection of plants has doubled in size! Grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees have been added to the annuals and perennials introduced last year. All are low maintenance and perform well in Sullivan County’s climate. Learn how to use these plants and their companions to add beauty and sustainability to your garden design. Presenter: Diana K. Weiner, Horticultural Coordinator
· Showing of Flowers: Color defines a location and influences the way people feel about it! In community beautification efforts the power of flower color, use, combinations, repetition and attractiveness prove to be the award winning recipe. The key to success in designing hanging baskets, containers, window boxes and flowerbeds is using annuals that provide color all season long. Learn how to mix and match Renaissance Collection plants for the punch needed to take those plantings up a notch or two. Presenter: Diana K. Weiner
· Trees in Your Landscape: Participants will learn about tree maintenance, as well as the mission and activities of the local volunteer Tree Keeper Advisory Group. An overview of the DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program will be provided, including: guidance about tree management, use of tree ordinances, Arbor Day/Tree City Program, and DEC’s Urban and Community Grant Program. Presenters: Janet Gula, George Profous
· Beneficials in Your Garden: Butterflies, bees and bugs play essential roles in the garden and the environment. This workshop will show how to attract butterflies, choose the best plants for a butterfly garden, and identify the most common butterflies in this area. Participants will also learn about the role played by bees and beneficial bugs, and how to attract them. Presenters: Susan Dollard, Helene Chappell, Jim Kile
· Volunteer Development: Meet Cara Kowalski, the new Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Coordinator. She will present an overview of the new volunteer program developed to assist with recruitment, training, placement and retention of volunteers in your community. Share your needs and learn tools to assist with the challenges you face. Presenter: Cara Kowalski
· Social Media 101: Learn about the vital tools for communicating and raising excitement and awareness about your beautification efforts and how social media can help to interact with community members. Learn how to recruit volunteers through social media and share links to volunteer opportunities. Presenter: David Binkowski, Cara Kowalski
· Sullivan Renaissance Salon (Individual Appointments): Bring your ideas for beautification projects and have a one-on-one conversation with Sullivan Renaissance staff, which will go through the grant paperwork with you and answer any questions you may have. Community volunteers may sign up for a private consultation. Sullivan Renaissance staff will schedule a specific time
Workshop space will be limited to the first registrants. To sign up on-line, go to www.sullivanrenaissance.org. To obtain a registration form, call
This is a recycling event; appropriate receptacles will be provided for attendees.Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.