Category Archives: Horticulture

New Clues to Fort Ticonderoga’s Past from Old Photos

From time to time people donate old pictures of Fort Ticonderogato the museum.  This often happens when people are sorting through the possessions of passed love ones seeking to disperse a lifetime of accumulated effects.  More often that not, the … Continue reading

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Children’s Garden Design: The Sunflower House

Common name:          Sunflower Botanical name:          Helianthus annuus Family:                        Asteraceae Plant type:                   Herbaceous annual Blooms:                       Late summer to autumn The sunflower is native to the Americas. There is evidence that it was grown domestically as early as 2600 B.C. in Mexico.  The large … Continue reading

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King’s Garden Perennial Favorites

I am often asked, “What is your favorite flower in the King’s Garden?”, and usually the answer is different every time. It is difficult to pick just one favorite when there are so many to choose from! The twelve plants … Continue reading

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Lake George, Lake Champlain, and Their Importance Today

Memorial Day Weekend typically kicks-off the summer season in the Lake George/Lake Champlain region. This past Memorial Day Weekend was more winter-like for many of us, with a cold rain and day-time temperatures in the low to mid-forties. Up north, … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Garden!

  The word “spring” conjures up many pictures – green grass, the arrival of migrating songbirds, warm sunshine, and of course, flowers!  Classics like tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths are starting to peek through the soil to color the landscape.  … Continue reading

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Children’s Garden Offers Something For Everyone

  An Adirondack chair for the younger set rests beside a bumble bee topiary A plot that was once part of the vegetable and cutting gardens for the Pell summer home, and before that a soldier’s garden that helped feed … Continue reading

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William Ferris Pell, Horticulturalist

When William Ferris Pell purchased the 546-acre Garrison Grounds encompassing the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga in 1820, he preserved the remaining stonework of the Fort and began shaping the landscape surrounding the summer home he built nearby.  Set in a pastoral landscape, the site was … Continue reading

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Diana in the King’s Garden

  In the center of the King’s Garden rests the bronze sculpture, The Young Diana, that depicts Roman mythology’s goddess of the hunt.  Displayed on a pedestal in the reflecting pool, the statue is located on a cross-axis and serves … Continue reading

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We’ve Got the Blues

Deep blue, azure blue, sky blue, and sapphire blue – annuals and perennials in shades of blue are artfully arranged to accent both soft and bold colored plant groupings.  All are on display in the King’s Garden, one of just a few … Continue reading

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The Unfolding Colors of Fall

The autumnal equinox arrived September 22nd, signaling a transition in day-length patterns and ushering in the fall season. On the equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. The word … Continue reading

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