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Garden tour slated

TICONDEROGA Dr. Leonard Perry of the University of Vermont and Heidi teRiele Karkoski, curator of landscape at Fort Ticonderoga, will lead a tour to the Montreal Botanic Gardens Sept. 12. The trip coincides with the annual Chinese Lantern display, hung to celebrate the traditional Moon Festival. A garden of this kind is constructed around the four major elements: water, plants, stone and architecture. The specific placement of these elements is the basis of the harmony and contrast in a Chinese landscape. The garden also features the largest collection of penjin, Chinese bonsai, in North America. Traditional gates, shrines, and pagodas were shipped from Shanghai and reassembled by Chinese craftsmen in 1990 and form integral elements of the garden. Much of this will be adorned with thousands of hand-made silk lanterns of all sizes, shapes and colors. While at the Montreal Botanic Gardens participants will also be able to visit the Japanese Garden, the Insectarium and the 11 greenhouses with their collections of ferns, orchids, cacti and more. There is also a museum, a tree house, a discovery center for trees, and, a tram to take people to all these spots. Lunch can be purchased or people may bring their own. Registration for the day trip will close on Aug. 30. For information and a reservation form call Karkoski at 585-2821 or Email heidi@fort-ticonderoga.org . The coach will leave from the UVM Horticultural Research Center, the Hort Farm, at 8 a.m. and will return at 7 p.m. Carpooling from the Kings Garden at the fort will be arranged. Refreshments will be served on both legs of the coach ride and videos of the site will be played. The all-inclusive fee is $89. Border ID required.

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