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Garden Festival at The Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE On the grounds of the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, you will find twenty-nine garden spaces - maybe more if you count every cultivated nook and cranny. The gardens include more than sixty-five species of ornamental flowers, fifteen different kinds of ferns, twenty-five species of shrubs, more than twenty-six species of trees, four types of vines, and countless wildflowers.

The Adirondack Museum has spectacular gardens and will host a Garden Festival on Saturday, July 21 to celebrate the bounty of mid-summer blooms.

Activities are planned from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will include a tour of the gardens, demonstrations, lectures, special displays, and craft projects for visitors of all ages. Each is included in the price of general museum admission.

A guided tour of the gardens led by the museum gardener Mandy Savarie will begin at 11 a.m. The gardens are noted for the use of plants that thrive despite the short growing season and harsh Adirondack climate.

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Brian Gluck of Rustic Cedar, East Albany, Vt., will demonstrate the construction of a rustic garden trellis on the museum's central lawn. Gluck has designed and built rustic landscape structures from northern white cedar for more than ten years. He will share his skill and experience with anyone who would like to build their own trellises, arbors, or fences as he demonstrates.

Amy Ivy, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Clinton County will present a talk entitled "Environmentally Friendly Gardening" at 1 p.m. The presentation will be held in the museum's Auditorium. Ivy has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University and has been a Horticulture Educator for the extension service for twenty years in Essex and Clinton counties. She oversees the Master Gardener Volunteer Program in those counties as well. Amy writes a weekly gardening column for area newspapers and is heard regularly on North Country Public Radio.

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