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Fort Ticonderoga to host garden program

Garden & landscape symposium scheduled for April 13

— The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga will present the second annual “Garden & Landscape Symposium: Enhancing Life through Gardening” on Saturday, April 13.

The day-long symposium, geared for both beginning and experienced gardeners, will provide insights from garden experts who live and garden in upstate New York and Vermont.

Th springtime event takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open by pre-registration only.

The one-day program will focus on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving garden or landscape. The programs are offered in an informal setting that encourages interaction between speakers and attendees.

Speakers will include:

— Anthony DeFranco, from DeFranco Landscaping, on “Stormwater Management and Rain Garden Design;”

— Evelyn Hadden, award-winning author, on “Beautiful No-Mow Yards;”

— Charlie Harrington, from Harrington’s Nursery, on “Simple and Successful Strategies for Starting Plants at Home;”

— Charlie Nardozzi, author and public radio gardening expert, on “Eat Your Lawn: Growing Edibles around your Yard;” and

— Bridget Simpson, fitness instructor, on “Garden Power.”

Registration for the symposium is now open. The cost for the day-long symposium, which includes a box lunch, is $75 ($65 for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga). A brochure with the complete schedule and a registration form is available on Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, director of education, at 585-6370.

The symposium is one of several opportunities for life-long learning at Fort Ticonderoga in 2013. People can learn more about the programs, including the Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, by visiting the fort’s website at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org.

The walled King’s Garden was originally designed in 1921 by leading landscape architect Marian Coffin. The formal elements – a reflecting pool, manicured lawn and hedges, and brick walls and walkways – are softened by a profusion of annuals and perennials, carefully arranged by color and form. Heirloom flowers and modern cultivars are used to recreate the historic planting scheme. Visitor favorites include the lavender border, towering hollyhocks, bearded irises, dinner plate dahlias and many types of phlox.

Outside of the nine-foot brick walls of the colonial revival King’s Garden, the Discovery Gardens include a children’s garden, military vegetable garden, and Three Sisters Garden. The restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, charming gazebo, sweeping lawns and shady picnic spots invite visitors to explore the landscape at one of America’s oldest gardens dating to the French occupation of the fort in the mid-18th century.

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