The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Tenth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium on Saturday, April 2, 2022. This program features practical strategies for expanding and improving your garden and landscape. We invite you to join us, 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.
NEW! Those who are unable to travel to Ticonderoga for the symposium can sign up to participate online through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History using ZOOM.
Planting Trees for Posterity—Proper planting of trees is critical to their long-term health and viability. Join Burlington City Arborist V.J. Comai as he takes us through the critical steps in planting a tree. The talk will cover site assessment, species selection, various planting options, and the pros and cons of each, as well as best planting practices and aftercare throughout the establishment period. With more than three decades of experience in the planting and maintenance of trees, V.J. has seen it all. This presentation will help you avoid common mistakes that lead to premature tree failure and will ensure that the trees that you plant will be your gift to posterity.
Sharing the Beauty of Mount Desert Island—Join the Land & Garden Preserve’s CEO Rodney Eason as he provides an overview of how the Preserve came to be thanks to visionary planning, passionate conservation, and dedicated support. The Preserve, sited on the southern edge of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and bordered by Acadia National Park, spans nearly 1,400 acres. Within these majestic lands are the historic gardens of Asticou, Thuya, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Connecting these gardens are over 1,200 acres of natural lands with nearly 10 miles of carriage roads and 10 miles of hiking trails. Rodney will provide an overview of the fortunate set of events that allowed the Preserve to be formed and some of the future initiatives allowing the Preserve to continue to be beautiful, accessible to the public, and sustainable for generations to come.
Save the Bees with a Brew—Or, what you can do to promote both wild pollinators and honey bees in your landscape and the delicious beverage you can make with all of your honey. This session will cover both the basics of home meadmaking and the simple tricks for making your landscape bee-friendly. And there will be mead to sample! Ricky the Meadmaker (Ricky Klein) is not only a professional brewer of craft mead but also maintains three acres of wild pollinator land as part of his meadery’s goal to support pollinator health now and for the future.
Source and Grow Edible Mushrooms—Learn about several edible mushroom species easy to source and grow in New York. Mushrooms are a sustainable protein, incredibly nutritious, and can be grown in forests or even urban environments. Wildly varied in tastes and textures, championing the elusive umami flavor profile, mushrooms create new experiences in the cooking world. Learn techniques for growing log-cultivated shiitake, lion’s mane, and oyster mushrooms. Familiarize yourself with resources for sourcing from local farms that cultivate mushrooms. Come with questions about mushrooms, wild or cultivated. Carly Summers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County regularly teaches a hands-on cultivation class, currently cultivates log-grown mushrooms, and helps connect the public with local foods and farms through Adirondack Harvest.