King's Garden

At the King’s Garden, we celebrate Ticonderoga’s long legacy, including an epic eighteenth century narrative, landmark preservation in the nineteenth-century, and monumental restoration in the twentieth-century. Come to the King’s Garden to explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Explore the brick pathways in the colorful colonial revival garden designed by Marian Coffin for the Pell family in the 1920’s. After taking in all that aroma and color of the 20th century garden, be sure to get rooted in the history of this land by seeing our other five gardens that demonstrate the layers of horticulture at Ticonderoga. Join a tour of this epic land, or get your hands dirty in one of our hands-on horticulture programs. Come interact with today’s gardeners to discover tips to bring home in your own gardens, or talk with our historical gardeners to realize just how vast the history of horticulture is at Ticonderoga. All this, while enjoying the breath-taking beauty of the King’s Garden.

Take a look at our Heritage Breeds program, featuring Red Devon cattle and Dominique Chicken!

Tours:

Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens 

May, June, September, October at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Begins at the American Flag)
July and August at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. (Begins in the King’s Garden)

From military garrison gardens to a secluded colonial revival commemorative spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Discover the layers of horticultural history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.

Garden Programs:

Hands-on Horticulture
July and August, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Begins in the King’s Garden)
Discover the techniques that make our garden thrive! Guests of all ages are invited to practice alongside garden staff as they demonstrate seeding, plant division and ways to care for blooming plants.

Making Sense of Lavender: July 1 – 17 (Weekdays)
Play an active role in our historic garden by helping deadhead the lavender border. Learn about this popular plant and create a sachet to take home. It’s scentsational!

Sowing & Growing Favorite Perennials: July 20 - August 31 (Weekdays)
Work alongside our garden staff as they propagate perennials from seed. From soil preparation, seeding, thinning, transplanting and care, witness the transformation from seed to plant. Whatever the day's task, visitors are encouraged to join in and try it out!

Divide & Conquer - Daylilies:  August 3– August 14 (Weekdays)
This popular perennial is featured throughout the King's Garden. Our horticulturalist will discuss various techniques for dividing perennials and demonstrate daylily division and care. Practice the technique with our staff for some hands-on experience!

Iris Division Days:  August 17- 28 (Weekdays)
Discover the history of the bearded iris, learn practical growing tips, and try your hand at dividing the rhizomes of this popular perennial. Take your divided root home and grow a piece of history! Our annual iris sale runs concurrently with the program, including weekends.

Centuries of Seeds and Stories
Let our flowers and friendly staff be your guide to the layers of history found in the King’s Garden. Explore how this lakeside farmland was used for French soldiers growing vegetables in 1757 to fresh fruits and flowers for guests at the Pavilion Hotel a century later, and beyond. Walk brick paths of the 20th-century walled garden, a tribute to the soldiers who fought on this ground and a witness to the first historic preservation and reconstruction effort in America.

Apple Picking!

A great fall family visit to Fort Ticonderoga means cool, crisp air, gorgeous Autumn leaves, and picking heirloom apples in the King's Garden! Join us this fall to pick apples by the bag from the Pell family orchard planted in 1911. Your pruning, picking, and apple munching will help keep this orchard thriving for another century.

Apple picking: August - October

Bags of apples are available at the King's Garden Greenhouse for $3.00 each.
Pick your own 1/2 bushel bags are available for $1.00. (A garden staff member will be available to help point out the best, ripest apples).