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L-R Holly Baskind, Nadia Ghannam, and Kerry Voss at Westmoreland Sanctuary

Westmoreland Floral Workshop & Lecture Series
Registration Now Open for First Event in Series - Early Spring Blooms - on May 11th

April 17, 2017
As part of its 60th Anniversary celebration, Westmoreland Sanctuary is honored to announce its 2017 Floral Workshop & Lecture Series. This series is comprised of five different events for the enjoyment and hands-on involvement of the general public to better identify invasive plant species while creating and customizing floral arrangements to take home for display. Registration is now open for the first event, Early Spring Blooms, which takes place at Westmoreland Sanctuary, located at 260 Chestnut Ridge Road in Mt. Kiso, on Thursday, May 11. Residents can register online at or by calling 914-666-8448. WAG Magazine and Halstead Quinn are proud sponsors of the entire Floral Workshop & Lecture Series.

Early Spring Blooms, a two-hour lecture and workshop starting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday May 11, features two prominent specialists in their respective fields. Nadia Ghannam, Floral Artist with a BFA from Cornell University, will spearhead the workshop portion by demonstrating a creative seasonal mix of spring floral designs. Participants then create their very own arrangements to take home. Steve Ricker, Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management at Westmoreland Sanctuary for 25 years, is also an invasive plant specialist who will discuss ways to identify and properly dispose of invasives that may negatively impact one’s home garden or property.

Ann Paul, Director of Westmoreland Sanctuary, stated, “We’re thrilled to offer the community our annual Floral Workshop & Lecture Series that any flower enthusiast or local garden club member would enjoy and appreciate. Every year, unwelcome plant and animal species come into our area through New York City ports which threaten our native wildlife. While part of the series will address the identification, understanding and proper eradication of these invasives, it also embraces the beauty of various seasonal flowers and allows for attendees to customize their very own arrangements to proudly display at home. This is part of our mission to finds new ways Westmoreland Sanctuary may continue to enrich, enhance and educate so the joy of being outdoors with nature can be more fully appreciated,” Ms. Paul concluded.

The remaining four Floral Workshop & Lecture Series dates and themes are as follows: June 8 is Flower Potluck (bring your own flowers, twigs, weeds and vines from your garden and we’ll supply the rest; lecture by Tim Stanley); August 3 is Foraged Flowers (locally foraged summer flowers arranged in Bell Jars); September 21 is Late Summer Bouquets (create late summer bouquets as seasons’ switch); December 7 is Winterscapes (designing your own holiday wreath and tablescape; lecture by Glenn Ticehurst).

Westmoreland Sanctuary
About Westmoreland Sanctuary

April 17, 2017
Westmoreland Sanctuary is a Nature Center & Wildlife Preserve founded 60 years ago through the vision of philanthropist Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick. That initial land contribution of 30 acres in 1957 has since grown to 640 acres of beautiful contiguous, preserved land today - free for public use - with 7.5 miles of the finest hiking trails and outdoor vistas offered anywhere in Westchester County.

As a non-profit charity organization, Westmoreland Sanctuary’s mission is to secure and preserve land for the enjoyment and enrichment of all through environmental education and conservation programs. Westmoreland celebrates 60 years of conservation, preservation and appreciation of nature throughout 2017. The sanctuary is open to all, all year round. To learn more about Westmoreland Sanctuary, the anniversary events, environmental educational programs, and important conservation initiatives,  or to make a donation, please visit: