King’s Garden slates programs

— Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden is alive with trees, shrubs, flowering plants and vegetables designed to encourage relaxation and exploration.

Several new learning opportunities are available this summer for adults and children, starting with the Hands-on Horticulture series program “Making Sense of Lavender.” This series focuses on the history and care lavender (July 1 – 12) and the bearded iris (Aug. 12 – 30), plus new programs highlighting beneficial insects (July 15 – 26) and preserving flowers (July 29 – Aug. 9). The programs are on-going from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also this season, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs for children ages 3-8 that engage them in garden-related activities. Fort Ticonderoga participates in the Let’s Move Museum and Gardens national initiative to promote physical activity and healthy eating habits. The “Growing Up with Gardening: Sow, Grow & Know” series encourages children to explore the relationships that seeds, plants, insects and flowers have to everyday life through stories and hands-on learning. The program is offered on four Tuesday mornings, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20 at 10:30 a.m. On alternate Tuesdays people can explore the Pavilion landscape and surrounding wild areas on a guided nature walk for children (July 2, 16, 30 and Aug. 13, 27).

The herb garden is the setting for herb harvesting demonstrations every Friday at 10:30 a.m. during July, August and September. Fort gardeners discuss the individual plants in the herb garden, their uses and explain how to harvest different types. Visitors are encouraged to touch, smell and taste as well as help in the harvest.

Guided and self-guided tours of the gardens are available daily along with a scavenger hunt and displays in the formal garden, Three Sisters Garden, Children’s Garden and Garrison Garden.

The King’s Garden is one of North America’s oldest gardens dating to the French occupation of the Fort in the mid-18th century. Today it is the largest public garden in the Lake Champlain- Adirondack Region. Visitors to the Garden explores centuries of horticulture history.

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