The King’s Garden Program at Fort Ticonderoga encourages young visitors to learn about different vegetables, flowers and insects. There are several different gardens on the property, all serving a separate purpose.
Stewart’s Foundation has just awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to help enhance the gardens and programs in 2012. The funds will be used to support the development of four new gardens within the Children’s Garden area.
Want to learn more about the King’s Garden Program? Read on..
The formal King’s Garden, as well as the Discovery Gardens, the Garrison Garden, Children’s Garden and the Three Sisters Garden all offer the opportunity to learn about plants and vegetables, as well as the history of agriculture on the Fort Ticonderoga peninsula.
The Discovery Gardens allow people to learn how plants grow, and discover the joys of gardening. There will be a series of children’s programs that will utilize the Garrison Garden, Children’s Garden, and Three Sisters Garden this summer, with hopes of inspiring kids to observe and participate in the natural world.
The walled King’s Garden was originally designed in 1921 by leading landscape architect Marian Coffin. The formal elements – a reflecting pool, manicured lawn and hedges, and brick walls and walkways – are softened by a profusion of annuals and perennials, carefully arranged by color and form.
Heirloom flowers and modern cultivars are used to recreate the historic planting scheme. Visitor favorites include the lavender border, towering hollyhocks, bearded irises, dinner plate dahlias and many types of phlox.
Have you seen the gardens at Fort Ticonderoga? If not, you have to check them out! Pleasure gardens to vegetable gardens, if you love plants, flowers, or the outdoors in general, this is a must see!