TICONDEROGA - The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga offers a variety of activities for individuals and families throughout July and August - which will be free this year.
A grant from The International Paper Foundation has allowed for the purchase of supplies and materials enhancing the programs and allowing for the elimination of materials fees.
First in the summer series is Garden Story Hour at 10 a.m. on June 30. The first of three, recommended for children ages 4-7, begins with "A Rainbow of Color" featuring two stories which are followed by hands-on color mixing and making a garden painting.
The other two story hours are July 28 and Aug. 25 with the themes of "Insect Investigators" and "The Magic of Seeds." Each will include stories and projects.
The Hands-On Horticulture series is back, too, every weekday afternoon from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. July 6 to Aug. 28. Adults and children are all encouraged to test their skills with tools provided as they learn about the care and uses of lavender; bearded iris division; garden design; and, new this year, "Grateful for Deadheading."
The formal walled garden changes color almost daily as the variety of flowers bloom and fade. Outside the walls one can explore the Garrison Garden, the Children's Garden and Three Sisters Garden using educational materials supplied by International Paper. On weekends families can relax while creating watercolor images of the garden or try their hands at one of the scavenger hunts available everyday for both the King's Garden and the Alphabet Soup Patch.
The King's Garden can be reached by a path from the fort and there are regularly scheduled tours that begin at the American flag near the admissions office.
For a complete schedule of events and programs see www.FortTiconderoga.org