Fort Ticonderoga King’s Garden Season Begins


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birdbath iris king and poppiesFort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden will present a new spring event “Friendship & Flowers” on May 17, 2014. This pre-season event for gardeners and their friends offers continental breakfast, a horticultural talk, giveaways, a garden tour, and plants to take home. Attendees will get a first look at the King’s Garden which opens to the public on May 24.

“Early season blooms of lilac, crabapple, columbine and forget-me-not will tempt your senses,” Heidi Karkoski, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Horticulture, says adding that the event will be an opportunity to “learn about plans for the season and what new annuals and perennials will be added to our designs.”

The program will also include a presentation by Master Gardener Diane O’Connor on the “Language of Flowers,” highlighting the Victorian tradition of florigraphy – using flowers to send covert messages. In addition, Karkoski will lead a special tour of the formal garden and the Discovery Gardens where she will highlight new elements in the garden this season including new theme areas and design concepts.

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 French Garrison Garden, and Three Sisters Garden. The restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, gazebo, 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.

Friendship & Flowers event takes place from 9:30 am – 12 pm on Saturday, May 17. Participants will enjoy a continental breakfast and take home a selection of plants from the King’s Garden and local growers. Goodie bags will be included for all guests and door prizes will add to the excitement of the day. Tickets are $20 and are limited to just fifty guests. Advance reservations are required. Phone (518) 585-2821 or email nancy@fort-ticonderoga.org for details.

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-centuryclothing, 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 American Revolution.

Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

Photo courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga.

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