Seventh Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Seventh Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium, Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the 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. 


Go Native: An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants—Join Emily DeBolt, owner of Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, to learn about the benefits and beauty of gardening with native plants. Learn which plants are great for monarchs and other pollinators and which plants can grow in tough sites such as clay soils or dry shade. Emily will introduce some of the native plants available for gardening, the benefits of gardening with natives, and will share some of her favorite natives from her own gardens. Emily DeBolt owns Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery, which specializes in native plants for sustainable landscapes. She has years of experience working with natives as alternatives to invasives, as well as natives for rain gardens, pollinator gardens, shoreline buffers, and more. Emily and her husband Chris started Fiddlehead Creek in 2009 because of her love for native plants and her desire to make them more available in everyday landscapes.

Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Bats—What are the ten facts that everyone should know about bats and why should gardeners care? Learn about the fascinating world of bats, their amazing abilities, the danger bats now face from an invasion, and the consequences of the declining bat populations. Barry Genzlinger is a licensed bat rehabilitator and president of the Vermont Bat Center, the only bat rescue and rehabilitation facility in Vermont. He has been a bat advocate since 1995, has made over 4,000 bat houses, worked with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department since the early 2000s, and has rescued, rehabilitated, and released hundreds of Vermont bats.

Better Berries for Your Edible LandscapeGrowing berry shrubs has become more popular with the interest in edible landscaping and breeding of small shrubs that fit easily in a small yard and are easy to maintain. I'll talk about new varieties of blueberries, brambles, honeyberries, currants, gooseberries, elderberries and more that grow well in our climate. I'll go over how to grow and care for these berries to produce a bountiful harvest and look great in the yard. Charlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden author, speaker, garden tour leader and radio and TV personality based in Vermont. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. Visit gardeningwithcharlie.comfor more information.

The Art of Growing Food—A true kitchen garden opens your senses both in the garden and in the kitchen, and in this presentation, you will learn the six steps to successful kitchen garden design, based on classic techniques that anyone can follow. Discover how to grow an edible garden with an eye towards beauty, easy care and pleasure. Ellen Ecker Ogden is the author of The Complete Kitchen Garden, and other books. She is the founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog, and her kitchen garden designs and articles have been featured in numerous national magazines.

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