Visitors will have the option to purchase their own pre-potted King’s Garden flowers or dig their own selection with the guidance of the Fort’s experienced garden staff. Favorite divisions and whole plants will be available in dozens of varietals including, but not limited to, Iris, Day Lilies, Hosta, Tiger Lilies, Coneflower, Bee Balm, Yarrow, and Astilbe. Garden seeds will also be available for purchase at the Museum Store inside the Log House Welcome Center.
Gardens have been part of Ticonderoga’s history for centuries. The walled Colonial Revival King’s Garden was originally designed in 1921 by one of America’s first female landscape architects, Marian Cruger 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.
French, British and American armies found nourishment in the vegetables grown in the fertile gardens located below the fort walls along the shores of Lake Champlain. In the 19th and 20th century, the lush and historic landscape transformed into a unique private country American estate. Museum founders, Stephen and Sarah Pell celebrated Ticonderoga’s defining Colonial and Revolutionary history while adding new gardens and orchards to the landscape.
Admission to the King’s Garden Plant Sale is free for Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass Holders and Fort Ticonderoga Members, and included in Fort Ticonderoga general admission for the public.
Fort Ticonderoga is located at 102 Fort Ti Road, in Ticonderoga. For more information, visit their website.
Photo of King’s Garden provided.