Learn About Edible Gardens April 12 at Fort Ticonderoga

April 8, 2014 by


With summer just around the corner the Garden and Landscape Symposium presented by the Kidng’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, New York is a perfect chance to brush up on your gardening skills–especially if you’d like to move to chemical free natural gardening.

The symposium is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to gardeners of every experience level, so whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, the garden experts presenting are prepared to share tips and insights to improve your garden or landscape.

“New Garden Visions”

The “New Garden Visions” symposium will offer help for gardeners living in northern climates. It’s a one-day program which will focus on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for gardeners planning to expand or improve their current garden or landscape.

Edible Garden


Plan to relax and enjoy your day with other gardeners in this informal setting designed to encourage interaction between those attending and the speakers.

  • Kerry Ann Mendez: Mendez is a garden consultant, designer and lecturer with more than 25 years’ experience. She will cover Seasonal Garden Care for Gorgeous, ‘Well behaved’ Gardens. This topic may sound dry, but Mendez turns her practical expert advice into a lively, entertaining presentation. She emphasizes organic methods and will cover pruning, deadheading, fertilizing, mulching, and much more.
  • Leonard Perry: Dr. Leonard Perry is an Extension Professor of Horticulte at the University of Vermont. His presentation includes photos and illustrations as he covers spring flowering bulbs including the various categories of tulips and daffodils.
  • Dave Rutkowski: Dave Rutkowski and his wife moved to chemical free gardening in the mid 1970s after reading Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring.” His presentation on Chemical-Free Gardening: A Success Story, offers his own insights and what he learned at the beginning of that experience with a few vegetables and how he expanded his garden to include everything from Asparagus to Zucchini. His gardening technique includes a greenhouse, six compost piles, and a small apiary. He will share ideas about composting and intensive gardening.
  • Jane Sorensen: Jane Sorensen teaches Landscape Design for Pollinators at the University of Vermont and will discuss Design for Pollinators as part of a natural landscape. She will explain how almost every gardening decision either improves or detracts from the habitat’s native pollinators and will offer guidance in how to enhance the pollinator habitat by creating foraging and nesting sites for this pollinators as part of a gardening solution.

Following the symposium, but sure to visit the nearly 2000 acres of exquisite landscape at Fort Ticonderoga. For more information, visit their website, or call them at 518-585-2821 or email them at [email protected]. 

Photo credits: fortticonderoga

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