Garden to release ladybugs

TICONDEROGA - Beneficial insects and healing medicinal herbs are the focus of a new King's Garden program series offered Tuesday afternoons in July and August.

Ladybugs are fascinating, friendly and common, but did you know there are approximately 500 species native to North America and more than 5,000 species worldwide? Discover the role beneficial insects play in the garden ecosystem as participants identify native and non-native species found in the King's Garden with a live ladybug release July 6 at 1:30 p.m. This program is presented in memory of Lynn LaMontagne Schumann, former executive director of the Lake George Land Conservancy. The Ladybug Investigators program will continue on several Tuesday afternoons with ladybug bingo and a bug hunt.

A new 210-square foot herb garden recently installed outside the garden walls showcases plants prized for their medicinal, culinary, household and aromatic qualities. Upcoming programs for families will focus on history and lore of herbs. Local herbalist Nancy Scarzello will also present adult programs focused on wild medicinal plants and how to make herbal preparations for home and personal use including "Investigating Herbs" on July 20 at 1:30 p.m.. Call 585-2821 for further information on how you can join in the fun.

Also new in the garden this season are a "Senses Experience" area in the children's garden and an exhibit highlighting how retail purchases at nurseries and greenhouses affect the environment.

"Making Sense of Lavender" is the Hands-on Horticulture program offered Monday through Friday, July 5-23. Each weekday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 visitors will be able to work with the King's Garden lavender and discover its uses and history.

A complete schedule of garden programs can be found on the fort website's "My Garden Visit" page, including other Hands-on Horticulture family programs, plants sales and more. Go to www.FortTiconderoga.org for all the information.

King's Garden programs are supported by International Paper, National Grid, Annie's Homegrown, Sunnyside Gardens (Saratoga Springs) and fort trustee Susan Darrin.

The King's Garden is the1920s pleasure garden of the Pell estate located below the fort on the shore of Lake Champlain. The garden with its elaborate brick walls has been restored to its former glory and is in its 12th season of education and interpretation.

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