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Spring Forum ushers in gardening season

April 15, 2016

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance will present its 2016 grant awards during the Spring Forum on Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m.  This free event held at the CVI Center, 165 Sullivan Avenue Ferndale, welcomes anyone who would like to lend a hand to help beautify communities throughout Sullivan County.       

The forum will feature garden guru, Lloyd Traven, who will inspire participants to find their gardening passion.  Lloyd will introduce new plants, new uses (edible plants) and many new ideas to turn a garden into a showpiece.  Visitors will hear about the WOW spots, meshing colors, textures and motion in the garden, and designing a space that makes everyone gasp. 

Over 45 communities will receive resources including grants, flower dollars, gardening information and technical support to help enhance their communities.    All projects receiving grants are led and implemented by volunteers who create and care for gardens, parks and other public spaces while growing community spirit and pride.  Each of these efforts can benefit from extra support through gardening, event planning, bookkeeping and fundraising, just to name a few.  In addition to the Community Beautification grants, Business Assistance grants, Healthy Community Initiatives, the Multicultural program, and other grant programs will be discussed.  There will also be exhibits by several of Sullivan County’s local organizations and businesses.

                                         FREE GARDENING TRAININGS

For individuals who are unsure how to garden, Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are presenting a series of free Gardening Trainings.  The next class is May 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerald Skoda Extension Education Center on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.  Register online at or by calling 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.