Rub Elbows with Expert Gardeners

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s the time of year for gardeners to start gearing up for the growing season: ordering seeds, making plans, and browsing the home improvement stores as the days lengthen and spring gets closer every day.  What are you planning for your garden or yard?  Holding back during mud season can be difficult since we just want to get out there and start the dirty work!  Solution: Register today for Fort Ticonderoga’s Third Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium “New Garden Visions” on Saturday, April 12. This day-long symposium, geared for both beginning and experienced gardeners, provides helpful insights from garden experts who live and garden in New York’s Adirondacks and northern New England.

I am excited about our line-up of speakers, and for the first time, a presentation is offered on vegetable gardening.  Even if you don’t have a dedicated plot for vegetables, it’s easy to tuck a few edibles in your flower beds or in containers. (I like to put a cherry tomato at the end of a flower bed near the back door for quick nibbles.)  Also new this year, we’ve added a panel discussion with our speakers who hail from Maine, Vermont and New York.  Bring your questions, ideas, and garden dilemmas to share with our panel and your fellow gardeners.

Speakers include:

  • Kerry Mendez, “Seasonal Garden Care for Gorgeous, ‘Well behaved’ Gardens”
  • Dr. Leonard Perry, “Spring Flowering Bulbs”
  • Dave Rutkowski, “Chemical-Free Gardening: A Success Story”
  • Jane Sorensen, “Landscape Design for Pollinators”

Registration for the Garden & Landscape Symposium is now open. The cost for the day-long symposium, which includes a homemade lunch prepared by Libby’s Bakery Café, is $75 ($65 for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga). This event takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open by pre-registration only.  Visit our website for a brochure with the complete schedule and registration at A printed copy is available by calling 518-585-2821.

I hope to see you this April at the symposium!

Heidi teRiele Karkoski
Director of Horticulture

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