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Virtual Ninth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium

Fort Ticonderoga gardens

The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Ninth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium virtually online on two consecutive Saturday mornings, April 10 & 17, 2021. This online program features practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape. The presentations are offered online using Zoom. We invite you to join us this April, whether you are an experienced gardener or you are just getting started, for helpful insights from garden experts who live and garden in northern climates.

Symposium Schedule (subject to change) 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

9:00am Welcome—Fort Ticonderoga staff.

9:15-10:00am Water-Wise Perennials and Gardening—Over the last two years, the Northeast experienced summers more like a southern California summer. Water for gardening became scarce, and as we gardeners are used to letting Mother Nature work for us, many of our gardens suffered. As our summers grow hotter and drier, we may need to rethink what we plant. This presentation will give you water-wise ideas, practices, and perennial varieties to help you keep your garden gorgeous without extra watering in our increasingly unpredictable climate. Sarah Salatino is the owner and head grower of Full Circle Gardens in Essex, Vermont. They grow over 700 varieties of sustainably grown Northeast hardy perennials, including a full offering of pollinator, North American native, heirloom, and rock garden perennials.

10:15-11:00am Tree Care Concepts—Bill de Vos will present a number of the more interesting and unique projects he has worked on across the country over the years. His unique philosophy regarding trees, their care, and the many roles they play in keeping us comfortable, inspired, and humble will surely have you seeing them in a new light. Bill de Vos is a national award-winning arborist specializing in tree preservation. He has had the opportunity to work on dozens of notable and historic trees across 15 states during his 46 years in the industry. He is a Registered Consulting Arborist, Board Certified Master Arborist, and an eleven-time recipient of the National Excellence in Arboriculture Award.

11:15-11:30am Gardening Tips from Fort Ticonderoga’s Horticulturist-in-Residence—Fort Ticonderoga’s Horticulturist-in-Residence Ann Hazelrigg shares brief updates on new tree disease and pest issues in our area.

11:30am-12:15pm The Pavilion: Home & Garden—Join Vice President of Public History Stuart Lilie for a sneak peek inside the Pavilion as we prepare to reopen this historic home and hotel to visitors in 2021! See how history and hospitality come together in this national historic landmark within the King’s Garden!

Saturday, April 17, 2021 

9:00am welcome—Fort Ticonderoga staff.

9:15-10:00am Improving Your Garden Soil—Soil quality is key to success in growing plants. This presentation will explain different soil types and characteristics, ways to manage and improve your soil, and the principles of soil health for flower and vegetable gardens. Amy Ivy is a retired horticulturist with 31 years of experience with Cornell Cooperative Extension and an avid home gardener from Essex, New York.

10:15-11:00am Beyond the Beauty: Gardens and Mission at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home—With a commitment to conservation and sustainability integral to the mission, Values into Action, the grounds and gardens of Hildene are becoming true pollinator and songbird sanctuaries. Learn how Hildene, deeply rooted in history, is putting down new roots for future generations. Hildene Horticulturist Andrea Luchini returned home to Vermont after six years as Gardener and Crew Leader at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. She has a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and has been committed to conservation, stewardship, and sustainability—values at the core of Hildene’s mission, Values into Action since she joined the organization in 2012.

11:15-11:30am Gardening Tips from Fort Ticonderoga’s Horticulturist-in-Residence—Fort Ticonderoga’s Horticulturist-in-Residence Ann Hazelrigg shares brief updates on new vegetable disease and pest issues in our area.

11:30am-12:15pm Grow with Us! The King’s Garden Greenhouse—Virtually tour our 1909 Lord & Burnham greenhouse with Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation, Cameron Green, as we start the seeds for our fabulous crop of vegetables in the King’s Garden. From tasty tomatoes to plump pumpkins discover our vegetable garden plans for 2021!

Event Details

Scheduled For:

April 17, 2021


$30 for Fort Ticonderoga Members; $35 for General Public per program. To register for both programs and to receive a discounted price, please call 518-585-6370.



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