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Learn the Basics of Gardening in Three Easy Classes

March 13, 2015

[LIBERTY] – The first of three free hands-on instructional trainings to teach the public about gardening will be held on Wednesday, April 1 at the Gerald Skoda Extension Education Center in Liberty.  The trainings are meant to assist individuals who want to volunteer but aren’t sure how to help with community gardens in their hometowns.  However, anyone who just wants to learn how to garden is welcome.

“Soil, Water & Sun!” is on April 1; “Weeds, Shoots & Flowers!” on May 6; and “Designing, Digging & Delegating!” on June 3.  Individuals may attend one or all of the sessions. 

All classes will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County in both the classroom and the teaching garden located at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road.

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

The classes will be taught by Diana K. Weiner, Horticulture Coordinator for Sullivan Renaissance, and Sullivan County Master Gardener Volunteers, led by Susan Dollard, the Master Gardener Program Coordinator.

Sullivan Renaissance will announce funding for gardening projects in communities throughout Sullivan County at the Spring Forum on Saturday, April 25.  Each of the organizations receiving a grant will rely 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 each class.  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.