7th Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium

The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga presents the Seventh Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the Mars Education Center. Geared for both beginning and experienced gardeners, this daylong symposium provides helpful insights from garden experts who live and garden in upstate New York and northern New England. This event is open by pre-registration only.

Focusing on easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape, these programs are offered in an informal setting that encourages interaction between presenters and attendees.

This year’s featured speaker is Charlie Nardozzi, 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. In “Better Berries for Your Edible Landscape” Nardozzi will talk about growing berry shrubs, which has become more popular with the growing interest in edible landscaping. He will also be including a talk about new varieties of blueberries, brambles, honeyberries, currants, gooseberries, elderberries, and more that grow well in our climate.

Emily DeBolt, owner of Fiddlehead Creak Native Plant Nursery, will encourage attendees to “Go Native: An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants.” Gardeners can learn about the benefits and beauty of gardening with native plants and 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.

Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of The Complete Kitchen Garden, will discuss “The Art of Growing Food.” In this presentation, you will learn the six steps to successful kitchen garden design, based on classic techniques that anyone can follow.

Barry Genzlinger asks “What are the ten facts that everyone should know about bats and why should gardeners care?” His presentation focuses on the benefits bats provide for gardeners and the dangers bats currently face. Genzlinger is president of the Vermont Bat Center and rescues, rehabilitates, and releases hundreds of Vermont bats.

The cost, including the daylong symposium and a lunch prepared by Libby’s Bakery Café, is $85 ($75 for Members of Fort Ticonderoga). Early Bird rate for registrations received by March 15, 2018: $75 ($65 for member of Fort Ticonderoga).

A brochure with the complete schedule and registration form is available on Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org by selecting “Education” and then “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop-down menu. A printed copy is also available upon request by calling 518-585-2821.

The Garden & Landscape Symposium is one of numerous opportunities for continuing education for the public at Fort Ticonderoga in 2018. You can learn more about these programs, including the annual War College of the Seven Years’ War and the Seminar on the American Revolution, by visiting the Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org and selecting “Education.”

About Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent nonprofit educational organization and museum, which serves its mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. It serves this mission by preserving and enhancing its historic structures, collections, gardens and landscapes; and educating the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga. Welcoming visitors since 1909, it preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in America.  Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and pursues its vision to be one of the premier cultural destination in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.