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King's Garden home to summer programs

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga's King's Garden is alive with a variety of flowers and programs this summer.

Tuesday afternoons family 'investigating' programs take place.

A number of the offerings center on herbs; growing them and using them in cooking, remedies and natural products. And, there is a large new herb bed just brimming with both familiar and less common useful herbs.

On Aug. 10 and 17 children can join storybook reading, then explore the herb garden and make a take-home craft item.

Another offering, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, is an herb program lead by local herbalist Nancy Scarzello. She will use the herb garden to talk about the many ways in which colonists used plants to make teas, salves, and poultices for healing and disease prevention.

The family programs are all included in fort admission and begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Hands-on Horticulture series continues Monday through Friday afternoons through August from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This drop-in program is an opportunity to learn while doing with an expert to help. Staff explain the specifics of each lesson and then invites visitors to try out the procedure on plants of the Kings' Garden.

The Iris Division Days program is back again from August 9-27. The Bearded iris is easy to grow and maintain with just a few basic skills. This Hands-on Horticulture program will teach people how to divide this popular perennial and they can take home a root for their own garden. Additional roots will be available for sale, too.

The King's Garden is the link between Fort Ticonderoga's 18th-century history and the story of the restoration taken on by the Pell family.

The restoration of the fort was one of the first of its kind in the country. Today the fort and the gardens are a private not-for-profit site dedicated to preserving and interpreting the historical events that took place here. The grounds are open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with programs, tours, exhibits and demonstrations.

The daily schedule of events and programs can be found at FortTiconderoga.org.

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