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July 7, 2014

Kent-Delord House has garden secrets for you

There’s a maze of gardens near the water’s edge of Lake Champlain.

A series of plant groupings extend a winter-squash garden across the street from the main residence to a patch of orange lilies and hostas blanketing the bank above a rocky shore.

This beautiful vista is featured on the Kent-Delord House Museum “Secret Gardens Tour” July 12.

The “Plant Rescuer” and the “Petit Carver” purchased their camp back in 1978. Additions came little by little until two decades later, they relocated from Plattsburgh to their private Shangri-La.

“I’ve always been interested in gardening,” the Plant Rescuer said. “We started in the vegetable garden, and then little by little I put in flower gardens and a water garden and various other kinds of gardens.”

Three gardens feature shrubs, ferns and astilbes.

The vegetable garden is wicked-thick with tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, carrots, onions (one red and two whites), beets, lettuce, kohlrabi, squash, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Weeping larch is his favorite plant.

“It’s a deciduous, coniferous tree,” the Plant Rescuer said. “It loses its needles every fall. If you feel it, it’s nice and soft. It’s unique. There is native larch up here in the woods in various places. It’s found in the Adirondacks quite regularly but this guy over in Vermont grafts them and causes them to weep and bend over.”

The larch is back-dropped with the muddy-red medallion leaves of a smoke tree. A cluster of hostas near the garage are named the Patnode Garden after Dr. Roger Patnode, who gifted the plants.

Near the driveway’s entrance is another cluster, the Doug Skopp Garden, named after the SUNY Plattsburgh college historian and professor emeritus.

He also has a cluster of Barb Adam day lilies named for after a member of the Kent-Delord House Museum Garden Club.

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