Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I can imagine crocuses blooming but this seems like the longest winter in many years!  Since I have moved up to Liberty, NY it has snowed, or at least flurried, almost every day.  My new job entails looking at completed gardens from past years and suggesting upgrades.  Hard to do under 6" of snow.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dawn of a New Spring!

Happy Spring 2013!

One of our favorite plants, Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' in our old backyard. 
 Fragrant, see through and screams SPRING each year. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Story is in the Plants and the Plants are in the Story


March 9, 2013

One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


“The Heart of Renaissance”

Come to  our Expo next Saturday

Sullivan Renaissance’s annual expo features exhibits by many of Sullivan County’s garden centers and nurseries, and other vendors with products and services of interest to volunteers. Our atrium is filled with flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees designed to inspire thoughts of Spring. This year’s expo will also feature an interactive display on the Sullivan Renaissance collection. Among others, the following exhibitors will be featured:
 Butterfly Botanicals
 Liberty Home, Garden & Pet
 Manza Family Farm
 Monticello Farm Home & Garden
 SullivanArc Garden Tour
 Sullivan County Master Gardeners
 The Cutting Garden
 Trailkeeper.org
 Tri-Valley Natural Resources Program

It is going to be a great event.  We will have an atrium full of flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and spring bulbs

This year’s conference features an expanded market where participants and guests can purchase local, natural and organic goods from area businesses. Among others, products include:
 Artisan breads and pastries
 Local wines
 Handcrafted fresh pasta
 Locally roasted coffee
 Maple syrup and honey
 Plants and flowers
 Arts and crafts and much more

The event is FREE!  Register today!


Please complete and return this form by March 1st!
Name: ___________________________________
Community: ______________________________
Phone: ___________________________________
Mobile: __________________________________
E-mail: ___________________________________
I plan to attend the following:
 Keynote & Achievement Awards
 Expo & Local Market
 Workshops (indicate preference below)
Workshop Session I (11:30 - 12:30)
 A. Youth Panel
 B. 2013 Renaissance Collection
 C. Trees in Your Landscape
 D. Volunteer Development
 E. Sullivan Renaissance Salon
Workshop Session II (1:00 - 2:00)
 A. Meet Dr. Peter Tarlow
 B. Showing of Flowers
 C. Beneficials in Your Garden
 D. Social Media 101
Space is limited and
pre-registration is required!
There are four ways to pre-register:
 Call (845)295-2445
 Fax registration form to (845)295-2746
 E-mail sgonzalez@sullivanrenaissance.org
 Mail registration form to:
Sullivan Renaissance
P O Box 311
Liberty, NY 12754


Friday, March 1, 2013



SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE CONFERENCE Keynote Address to be Webcast Live at www.sullivanrenaissance.org

[FERNDALE] – The CVI Center will be filled with flowers, garden exhibitors and a farmer’s market during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo on Saturday, March 9 in Ferndale.  The public is invited and there is no cost to attend.

The event has three main elements:
• The conference features the keynote address, presentation of Sullivan First Achievement Awards, “What’s New for 2013 IN Sullivan Renaissance” and multiple workshops.
• The local market offers participants and guests the opportunity to purchase local, natural and organic goods from area farms and artisans.
• The expo highlights exhibits by many of Sullivan County’s garden centers and nurseries, along with other vendors with products and services of interest to volunteers.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event continues until 3:00 p.m.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion.

The conference program will also be available through a live webcast beginning at 9:00 a.m. ON March 9th by going to www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive impacts of community beautification on economic development and tourism.  He will speak about the power and impact of volunteers to make change in their communities.  Dr. Tarlow will also present a workshop focused on youth leadership.

Conference workshop space is limited to the first registrants, so RSVP before March 5.  Workshops and presenters include: Youth Workshop with Dr. Peter Tarlow; Meet Dr. Peter Tarlow; 2013 Renaissance Collection with Diana K. Weiner; Showing of Flowers with Diana K. Weiner; Trees in Your Landscape with Janet Gula and George Profous; Beneficials in Your Garden with Susan Dollard and Helene Chappell; Volunteer Development with Cara Kowalski; Social Media 101 with David Binkowski and Cara Kowalski; Sullivan Renaissance Salon.

For more details and to sign up on-line, go to www.sullivanrenaissance.org.  To obtain a registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  To return a form, email to sgonzalez@sullivanrenaissance.org; fax it to 845-295-2746; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

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