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TICONDEROGA - The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga will hold a plant sale Saturday, on May 16, featuring perennials that need new homes.

Plants within the walled garden need to be continually divided to maintain the pattern and variety of the formal layout. This means that there are a number of perennials available that sell for $5 or less per clump.

A Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardener will be on-hand to help visitors test the pH of their soil and to answer questions about soil amendments.

There will also be information available for gardeners to have a complete soil test done by Cornell Laboratory by mail for a fee. To take advantage of the free pH test, collect a soil sample from your garden in the following way: With a clean trowel, dig 4 - 6 holes in various locations in the garden area to a depth of 3 inches. Remove a teaspoon of soil from each hole, and place all samples together in a single plastic bag. A dry sample is best, so air dry the soil on a paper plate if necessary. Avoid touching the soil with bare hands as this would affect the result.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with staff and volunteers digging selections through 2 pm. Buyers may want to bring boxes or tubs for their purchases. There are limited quantities this year, yet there are plant varieties that are being offered for the first time in several seasons.

Gardeners will have another chance to augment their perennial beds with a related event taking place on June 13, the first ever Peony Day.

Dozens of peonies need to be removed from a foundation area and will be offered in a Chinese auction that day, along with a walk and talk about caring for peonies. The perennials bloom in June, with the winners picking up their plants in September which is the proper time to relocate them.

The King's Garden season begins on June 1 and ends on Columbus Day, Oct. 12. It will be open the same hours as the fort this year - from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

A complete calendar of events for The King's Garden and Fort Ticonderoga can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org or by mail by calling 585-2821.

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