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Herbalist to offer programs at King's Garden

TICONDEROGA - Author and herbalist Nancy Scarzello will be offering two programs in the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga in September. The first, Herbs & Wild Medicinal Plants of Fort Ticonderoga, takes place Sept. 7. This 90-minute walk and talk includes a tour of the herb garden, garden grounds and field edges. Learn about the traditional and folkloric uses of herbs and wild plants, identification and ways we still use them today. There is a $15 fee for this excursion.

In the second program, Scarzello teaches harvesting and preparation techniques for simple herbal products for home and personal use. Using fresh herbs harvested from the King's Garden, one will learn the proper ways of making teas, herbal oils for massage, a salve and lip balm. A hands-on demonstration, handouts and products to take home are included. A fee of $25 covers the materials and course. Participants may pre-register by calling 585-2821.

Once again The King's Garden is helping with the annual trip to the Montreal Botanic Gardens. You can join Dr. Leonard Perry of UVM Extension and Heidi Karkoski, Curator of Landscape, for a day trip via coach bus to Montreal where the Garden is featuring their famous Chinese lantern display. An open schedule allows participants to explore the gardens, greenhouse conservatories and Insectarium on their own. Carpool vehicles from Ticonderoga will meet the bus in the early morning. The coach departs from Burlington. Registration is limited and must be received by Aug. 30. The form is available on the "My Garden Visit" on www.FortTiconderoga.org web page or email garden@fort-ticonderoga.org.

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