Notes from the Landscape: New Garden Plants and Programs

Spring arrived this week on our calendars, but the signs of spring have been around us for weeks!  Plants in the King’s Garden are starting to wake up and plans are underway for an exciting season ahead.

Snowdrops - One of the earliest spring flowers.

Visiting public gardens is a great way to expand your knowledge of horticulture and find inspiration for your own garden or landscape.  Fort Ticonderoga has numerous opportunities in the coming months to learn and grow with us.  To kick off the growing season, the first annual Garden and Landscape Symposium will be held April 14th.  Entitled “Planting the Seeds of Knowledge for Home Gardeners”, this day-long seminar features speakers from around the region who are experts in North Country gardening.  For more information or to register by the April 6 deadline, please visit this webpage.

Sign up online or visit the garden to learn about volunteer opportunities in the King's Garden.

For a sneak peek of the King’s Garden, our pre-season Spring Plant Sale takes place on May 19th, when perennials will be dug and divided from 10 am to 2 pm.  We have added vendors offering annuals, vegetables and a large selection of herbs to help round out your garden.  Volunteering in the garden is a great way to learn more about the garden’s history, its plants, and how they are cared for.  Information on how to become a King’s Garden volunteer will be available at the plant sale.

Digitalis ferruginea: This interesting foxglove was found at Swallowtail Seeds. The Rusty foxglove will bloom in our gardens in 2013.

The garden staff begins installing the 5000 or so plants that make up our seasonal display in late May.  New introductions include Portulaca ‘Happy Hour Red’ and the stunning foliage of ‘Mahogany Splendor’ Hibiscus, along with many heirloom vegetables for the Discovery Gardens.

In all, 273 unique flowers, vegetables and herbs are transplanted or sown during the growing season.

The information and inspiration continue throughout the summer with programs on raised bed vegetable gardening, culinary herbs, demonstrations by our staff gardeners, horticultural tours and a coach bus excursion to the Berkshire region of Massachusetts.  A complete listing of King’s Garden programs and events is available here.

The King’s Garden is open June 1 – Columbus Day from 9:30 am– 5:00 pm.  I hope to see you here soon!

Heidi teRiele Karkoski
Curator of Landscape

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