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Fort to sponsor garden tour

TICONDEROGA Heidi teRiele Karkoski, curator of landscape at the Kings Garden, Fort Ticonderoga, and Dr. Leonard Perry of the University of Vermont will lead a bus tour of gardens July 28-29. Reservations must be made by June 28 by contacting Karkoski at 585-2821, heidi@fort-ticonderoga.org or Perry at 802-656-0479, leonard.perry@uvm.edu The trip will begin at the Horticulture Research Center in South Burlington and go to the formal 1920s era Kings Garden for luncheon and a tour. From there its off to Pleasant View Greenhouses in Concord, N.H., whose modern production and display gardens will contrast sharply with the cultivation practices in historic gardens. The first day of the tour ends in Portsmouth, N.H., at the Moffat Ladd House and Gardens where a Damask Rose and a horse chestnut tree from the late 18th century still grow. A stay at the Hampton Inn and time to enjoy Portsmouth in the evening, including Newicks Seafood for dinner, will round out the first day. Tuesday morning will begin with a private visit to Fuller Gardens along the gold coast of New Hampshire. This is considered one of the finest remaining estate gardens from the early 20th century and features conservatories, roses, and a Japanese garden. A stop at Strawbery Banke Gardens and Museum will allow guests to explore four centuries of recreated homes and gardens. Lunch is close by in the village and a stroll along the harbor available. Directly across from Strawberry Banke is Prescott Park, the official display garden for new flowers from All American Selections. The tour will conclude with refreshments and videos during the ride back to the Horticultural Center.

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