Fourth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Fourth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. We invite you to join us, whether you are an experienced gardener or just getting started, for helpful insight from garden experts who live and garden in northern climates. 

This one-day program focuses on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape. The programs are offered in an informal setting that encourages interaction between speakers and attendees. 


Session Descriptions

A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers: The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga—From soldier’s garden to romantic ruin this garden has welcomed the most avid gardeners to  challenge Lake Champlain’s intrepid climate.  Its history is one for the best story books.  Join us as we explore together this richly illustrated tale. Lucinda Brockway is Director of Cultural Resources for The Trustees of Reservations, Massachusetts’ leading preservation and conservation organization.  She has most recently been part of their team restoring the gardens at Naumkeag (Stockbridge MA).  Prior to coming to The Trustees she ran her own garden design and preservation company, Past Designs, where she worked closely with Fort Ticonderoga staff on the research and restoration of the King’s Garden.

Save the Monarchs! Native Plants for Native PollinatorsDid you see any monarchs this past summer?  Loss of habitat, including loss of host and nectar plants, is contributing to the decline of monarchs along with other pollinators. Native plants are a great choice for landscaping for pollinators.  Emily will show you how to create a 'Monarch Waystation' in your own backyard using New York native plants that are hardy for our region. Emily DeBolt and her husband Chris own Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery in Hartford, NY. They grow a wide variety of plants native to the region for use in the home landscape.


Getting Control of your Perennial GardenIt doesn’t take long for a perennial garden to turn into a jungle. Within just a few seasons weeds move in, spreading perennials crowd their neighbors and volunteer seedlings can get out of hand. It can be daunting to know where to begin. Amy Ivy, Horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will offer some strategies for taking control and rejuvenating your garden.


The Healing Garden: Traditional Medicinals for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow—Colonists brought many healing plants with them from the Old World, discoverd many new plants in the colonies, and learned about native healing plants from indigenous peoples. Food, medicine, and household usesover 70% of our medicines today are derived from plantsthe old ways still work. The medicinal herb garden at Fort Ticonderoga is representative of the healing plants used in the 18th century to treat common ailments that afflicted soldiers at places like Ticonderoga. Nancy Scarzello is an herbalist with 35 years experience teaching about herbs throughout New England. She designed and installed the medicinal herb garden at the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.


Download the Garden & Landscape Symposium brochure and registration form.

Other Conferences and Symposia at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga offers a series of conferences and symposia throughout the year.