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King's Garden receive grant money

TICONDEROGA - The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga has received a grant from the International Paper Foundation to help with environmental educational programs.

The funds will be used to purchase a variety of items including supplies, plants and educational signage that are part of the activities scheduled for children and families this season.

Heidi Karkoski, curator of landscape, has planned some new learning experiences including an herb garden that will feature annual and perennial varieties with both medicinal and culinary uses. Also new for 2010, the historic greenhouse will house an exhibit on recycling.

The popular Hands-on Horticulture programs are back on weekday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 with Making Sense of Lavender returning on July 5. Visitors can help with the care of the extensive lavender beds, discover the history and uses of lavender and take home a scented sachet.

Grateful for Deadheading begins on July26.

Karkoski said, "Flowering plants often benefit from deadheading, the removal of faded flowers. Kids can create their very own pet rock that makes a groovy garden ornament. Unlock the flower power in your garden by learning tips and techniques for cutting back plants."

The Bearded iris is easy to grow and maintain with just a few basic skills. Iris Division Days give visitors a chance to learn how to divide this popular perennial and then take home a root for their own garden. Additional roots may be purchased at a reasonable price. This program begins Aug. 9 and continues through the Aug. 27, again only on weekday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30.

The King's Garden will open June 1 and remain open through Columbus Day. The hours will be 9:30 - 5 and, as always the garden is included with fort admission.

The fort opens on May 20. Local residents are always free, as are children age 6 and under. Rates for others are $15 for adults and $7 for children from ages 7-12.

The full schedule of activities can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org .

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