fort-ticonderoga.JPGLearn Helpful Insights from Regional Garden Experts! Ticonderoga, N.Y. - The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Second Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium: "Enhancing Life through Gardening" on Saturday, April 13. This day-long symposium, geared for both beginning and experienced gardeners, provides helpful insights from garden experts who live and garden in upstate New York and Vermont. This springtime event takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open by pre-registration only. This one-day program focuses on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape. The programs are offered in an informal setting that encourages interaction between speakers and attendees. Speakers 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"
  • Bridget Simpson, fitness instructor, on "Garden Power."
Registration for the Garden & Landscape 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 by selecting "Explore and Learn" and choosing "Life Long Learning" on the drop-down menu. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at 518-585-6370. The Garden & Landscape Symposium is one of numerous opportunities for life-long learning at Fort Ticonderoga in 2013. You can learn more about these programs, including the Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, by visiting the Fort's website at and selecting the "Explore and Learn" button. About the King's Garden 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. FORT TICONDEROGA America's Fort TM Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century.  Visit for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York. America's Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Photo: Charlie Nardozzi, author and public radio gardening expert will present program entitled "Eat Your Lawn: Growing Edibles around your Yard" during the upcoming Garden & Landscape Symposium at Fort Ticonderoga. Contact: Beth Hill - 518-585- 2821