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‘Maintenance Madness’ for gardeners

December 1, 2011

FERNDALE, NY — Learn how to work smarter in the garden next year at Sullivan Renaissance’s seminar entitled “Maintenance Madness” on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale. Presented by gardening expert Mary Lewis, the seminar will focus on how to manage one’s garden “maintenance madness” through a seven-step process to keep the garden beautiful and one’s sanity intact. The key elements to managing garden maintenance will be presented through seven habits that teach time management techniques, time saving tools of the trade, site analysis and sound garden design techniques.

“Working smarter rather than working harder is guaranteed to give you more time to enjoy your garden,” Lewis said. “It’s all about simplifying and taking control of maintenance tasks. You can explore strategies to fit gardening into even the busiest of lifestyles.”

Lewis is a consultant for Sullivan Renaissance and had been a Renaissance judge for nine years. She is founder and principal of Barncroft, a garden design firm; chair of Zone III 2008 Annual Meeting of the Garden Clubs of America; and past president of Orange and Dutchess Garden Club. A Cornell University graduate, she studies botanical art at New York Botanical Garden.

The program is free. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by December 5. Visit or call 845/295-2445.