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Learn How to Help Care for Gardens in Three Easy Classes

May 24, 2013

[FERNDALE] – The second of three free hands-on instructional trainings to help support and encourage volunteers to be comfortable doing gardening tasks will be held on Wednesday, June 5.  “Weeds, Shoots & Flowers!” will give instruction on what to plant for a low maintenance, drought resistant garden.  Weed control, pruning and dead heading will also be discussed.   

Sullivan Renaissance is holding the classes to assist individuals who want to volunteer with Renaissance projects but aren’t sure what to do. 

Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Coordinator Diana K. Weiner, the instructor for the series, said “the classes will take place indoors as well as outdoors, so you can really see and understand the gardening methods we will discuss.”

Individuals will learn the basics of caring for a garden from start to finish – and be able to roll up their sleeves and help at a nearby community gardening project.  Attendees who successfully complete all three classes will receive a completion certificate and a special gift from Sullivan Renaissance.

Those who missed “Soil, Water & Sun!” on May 1 may view it at  “Designing, Digging & Delegating!” will be presented on Wednesday, July 10.  The classes are held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County in the classroom and the teaching garden located at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.

Sullivan Renaissance has funded gardening endeavors in 41 communities for 2103.  Each of the organizations receiving a grant relies entirely on volunteer support to meet its goals.  All of them can use additional help.

Training space is limited and pre-registration is requested for the classes.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or

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, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS.