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Learn How to Help Care for Gardens in Three Easy Classes

June 26, 2013

[FERNDALE] – The last of three instructional trainings to encourage volunteers to be comfortable with gardening tasks will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.  Sullivan Renaissance has been holding the classes to assist individuals who want to volunteer with community projects but aren’t sure what to do. 

“Designing, Digging & Delegating!” will give hands-on instruction about how to design a low maintenance, drought resistant garden.  The free training also includes planting tips and budget tricks, such as how to propagate plants successfully.    

Individuals have been learning the basics of caring for a garden from start to finish – and will be able to roll up their sleeves and help at a nearby community gardening project.  Attendees successfully completing the classes receive a completion certificate and a special gift from Sullivan Renaissance at this final training.

Those who missed “Soil, Water & Sun!” and ‘Weeds, Shoots & Flowers’ can view them on

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

Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Coordinator Cara Kowalski will share information about opportunities to become involved in community gardening projects. 

Sullivan Renaissance is funding 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.