(Ticonderoga, New York) Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden opens for the season on May 24 with a stunning display of annuals and perennials! As the largest public garden in the Adirondack-Lake Champlain region and one of the oldest gardens in America, the King’s Garden offers daily guided tours and self-guided activities for adults and children throughout the season. The King’s Garden is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm daily, May 24 through October 13, 2014. Admission to the King’s Garden is included with a general admission ticket to Fort Ticonderoga.
New this year!
“The new ‘Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Garden’ highlights Fort Ticonderoga’s horticulture story that spans centuries,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “The tour, led by Fort Ticonderoga’s historic interpreters, will be offered daily and explores the horticulture history of the Ticonderoga peninsula including the story of the garrison gardens and the Colonial Revival walled garden.”
“Guest can roll up their sleeves and dig into Fort Ticonderoga’s centuries of horticulture in the formal garden along with the Discovery Gardens - the Garrison Garden, Children’s Garden, and Three Sisters Garden,” said Hill. “Special programs, such as Hands-on Horticulture, will allow guests to discover the techniques used to keep the King’s Garden thriving.”
Also new this year is an interactive 1776 Garrison Garden which will bring this vibrant, living garden space to life and highlight the vital vocation of gardening that was an important part of soldiers’ duties at Fort Ticonderoga as troops raised vegetables to feed the sick soldiers in the Northern Department of the Continental Army.
From Garden to Table!
Vegetables and edible flowers grown in the King’s Garden are served daily at Fort Ticonderoga’s America’s Fort Café. King’s Garden vegetables are also included in the Soldier’s Dinner program presented each mid-day by interpretive staff.
About the King’s Garden
The walled colonial revival 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. Guest’s 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, an interactive 18th-century American Garrison 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™
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is an independent not-for-profit educational organization, 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 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 10 through November 2, 2014. The 2014 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Military Clothing which brings together for the first time the museum's wide variety of important 18th-century clothing, related artwork, and archeological fragments to illustrate the diversity of clothing worn by the armies who served at Fort Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War and Revolution. Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.
America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.
Photo: Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden opens for the 2014 season on May 24th