March 3, 2014

Home and Garden Briefs: March 3, 2014

Fort Ti to hold 3rd-annual Garden & Landscape Symposium

TICONDEROGA — Registration is open for the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga’s third-annual Garden & Landscape Symposium, New Garden Visions, set for Saturday, April 12. 

The day-long symposium, geared for both beginning and experienced gardeners, provides helpful insights from garden experts who live and garden in Upstate New York and northern New England. It takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open by preregistration only.

“Inspired by Fort Ticonderoga’s rich horticulture history, this one-day program focuses on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape,” Fort Ticonderoga Director of Horticulture Heidi teRiele Karkoski said in a press release. 

“The programs are offered in an informal setting that encourages interaction between presenters and attendees.”

Speakers include: Kerry Mendez, “Seasonal Garden Care for Gorgeous, ‘Well behaved’ Gardens”; Dr. Leonard Perry, “Spring Flowering Bulbs”; Dave Rutkowski, “Chemical-Free Gardening: A Success Story”; and Jane Sorensen, “Landscape Design for Pollinators.”

The cost for the day-long symposium, which includes lunch, is $75 ($65 for Friends of Fort Ticonderoga members). Find the complete schedule and registration form at by selecting “Explore and Learn” and choosing “Life Long Learning” on the drop-down menu. Request a printed copy by calling 585-2821.


Public welcome at Jr. Iron Chef competition

POTSDAM — Local students are participating in the second-annual North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition, a project of the Health Initiative. 

The event, open to the public, is set for Saturday, March 8, at A.A.Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. It will start with the middle-school competition at 10 a.m., followed by the high-school competition at 2 p.m.

The regional event spans Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties, with 18 middle-school teams and eight high-school teams competing to develop healthy recipes using a combination of local and USDA (commodity) foods that could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria.

There will be event T-shirts, food and beverages available to purchase, including winning recipes from last year’s competition.

North Country Jr Iron Chef is supported by Fidelis Care as the event’s “Golden Griddle” sponsor. Other sponsors include: United Healthcare; Healthy Schools NY; Community Bank, N.A.; Lewis County General Hospital; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Hurlbut Tent Rental; and Northern Music and Video.

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