The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Second Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center entitled "Enhancing Life through Gardening". 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.
"Stormwater Management & Rain Garden Design"
Stormwater runoff is one of the most critical aspects of any site design and landscaping with green infrastructure can be used to capture and treat pollutants and contaminants. This presentation will focus on how a homeowner can create a rain garden using native plants & vegetation to control surface runoff from leaving your property.
Anthony DeFranco, PE, CNLP, manages DeFranco Landscaping,Inc., and was the recipient of the 2010 Frank Leonbruno Memorial Lake Stewardship Award from the Lake George Watershed Coalition for use of native plants in their landscape design. He is a licensed NYS professional engineer with a degree in civil and environmental engineering and focuses on sustainable landscape solutions, using green infrastructure techniques and low-impact design.
"Beautiful No-Mow Yards"
Award-winning author and national speaker Evelyn J. Hadden shares strategies to help gardeners and landowners design, create, and maintain satisfying landscapes with less lawn. You’ll see an inviting array of no-mow designs—from ponds and prairies to elegant edibles to low-care living carpets. Learn how to reduce your maintenance and your ecological footprint by shrinking your lawn, choosing plants well, and enlisting natural processes to manage your garden for you.
Minnesota-based Hadden has authored three gardening books. Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives (Timber Press, 2012) offers over a hundred pages of inspiring lawnless gardens in a variety of styles, detailed profiles for 100 choice ground-layer plants, design tips to reduce maintenance, and guidelines for making smaller and more eco-friendly lawns. The updated and illustrated edition of Apprentice to a Garden: A new urban gardener goes wild (LessLawn Press, 2013), with whimsical line drawings by artist Shari Zimmermann, shares personal stories and musings about Hadden's experiences transforming her lifeless urban lawn into a lively four-season paradise. Shrink Your Lawn: Design ideas for any landscape, now out of print, won a silver medal from Independent Publisher's 2009 Living Now Book Awards.
"Simple and Successful Strategies for Starting Plants at Home"
Grow a wider variety of plants by starting them yourself! Charlie Harrington shares holistic strategies for germinating, planting, and growing plants from seed. Learn how with a few basic supplies you can grow healthy plants at home without the use of pesticides.
Charlie Harrington has been involved in horticulture since his first 4-H project involving raising strawberries in 1955. He has since retired as a Special Education teacher of 32 years. He and his wife Candyce operate a small greenhouse that uses organic style techniques, which has supplied the King’s Garden since its rebirth. In addition, Harrington is Crown Point’s Town Supervisor. He and his wife have a 5-acre vegetable garden and participate in three regional farmers markets.
"Eat Your Lawn: Growing Edibles around Your Yard"
Everyone is wanting to grow more of their own food in their yard, but many think they have to sacrifice beauty. Edible landscaping helps you grow edibles while keeping your yard looking beautiful, too. I’ll go over design techniques, variety selection and maintenance issues for your edible landscape.
Charlie is a nationally recognized garden writer, radio and TV show host, and public speaker. His books include the Northeast Fruit and Vegetable Gardener. He is the host of the “Vermont Garden Journal” on Vermont Public Radio, and “In The Garden Tips” on WCAX-TV CBS in Vermont. He is a co-host for the "Gardens of Greater Boston" tour in July.
Bridget Simpson will present range of motion and some simple exercises which focus on the gardener’s need to hit the ground digging and get back up. Whether you carry a bag of dirt or a bag of groceries, you want to get where you are going. Learn practical exercises that take just minutes, yet have valuable on-going benefits for all your active pursuits. These exercises are suitable for grubby garden garb or fancy garden-party frocks and can be done practically anywhere!
Bridget is a gardener and long-time group fitness instructor with special training by the Arthritis Foundation and SilverSneakers. Many of the exercises and concepts she presents have helped people recovering from surgery as well as serious athletes and everyone in between.
Fort Ticonderoga offers a series of conferences and symposia throughout the year.