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Sullivan Renaissance hosts environmental seminar

May 30, 2007

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance is hosting an environmental seminar to address “Sustainable Landscaping” this Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Liberty.  The seminar focuses on how gardeners and volunteers working on Sullivan Renaissance community projects can help the environment by planting native species, and avoiding or removing invasive plants.   


The seminar features: Barbara Restaino, a licensed landscape architect and principal of Restaino Design, PC of Grahamsville; and Kris Gilbert, a landscape architect with the NYS Department of Transportation and a member of the Catskill Region Invasive Species Project (CRISP).  


Restaino will introduce the concept of sustainable landscaping and the advantages of using native plants in one’s garden.  “Sustainable gardening can contribute to a healthier and more enjoyable gardening experience by reducing chemical reliance, attracting birds and butterflies, improving soil quality, conserving water, protecting the environment, and providing an opportunity to plant native and endangered plants,” said Restaino.


Gilbert and fellow CRISP members will discuss the most common and dangerous invasive species in the area and how to curb their spread locally.  “Invasive plants are displacing native species in wild areas of New York State.  Invasive plants and pests can affect landscape planting beds, and some species can come from the garden.  We’ll tell you about the latest early detection and rapid response initiative in the Catskill region,” Gilbert said. 


Pre-registration is requested. 


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with a grant from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


For more information about the program, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or