(Ticonderoga, NY) The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the First Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium: "Planting the Seeds of Knowledge for Home Gardeners" on Saturday, April 14. This new 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:
- Emily DeBolt, owner of Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery in Hartford, New York, "Go Native! An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants"
- Amy Ivy, Cornell Cooperative Extension, "Home Composting Made Easy"
- Heidi teRiele Karkoski, Curator of Landscape at Fort Ticonderoga, "The King's Garden 2012: A Sneak Peek."
- Sarah Kingsley-Richards, Vermont Master Gardener, "What is Wrong with My Plant? Diagnosing Common Pests and Diseases in Garden Plants"
- Leonard Perry, instructor and researcher at the University of Vermont, "Perennials: New Introductions & Underused Favorites"
- Nancy Wotton Scarzello, herbalist and educator, "The Gourmet Garden: Culinary Herbs & Edible Flowers"
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 www.fort-ticonderoga.org 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 several new education initiatives in 2012. You can learn more about these new programs, including Material Matters and the Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, by visiting the Fort's website at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org and selecting the "Explore and Learn" button.
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a private 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. 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 through October. A full schedule and information on events can be found at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org or phone (518) 585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road Ticonderoga, New York.