July 16, 2012

Home and Garden Briefs: July 16, 2012

Meeting to give update on invasive plants

TUPPER LAKE — The Essex County Adirondack Garden Club will talk about invasive plant species that threaten the Adirondacks at a meeting on Tuesday at the Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive.

At 10:45 a.m., an information session will be held in the big tent. Hilary Smith, who directs the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program headquarters at The Nature Conservancy in Keene Valley, will highlight the species that may be found in our gardens or adjacent lands. She will also demonstrate methods of eradication.

At noon, there will be a lunch break followed by the opportunity for discussions among interested attendees. Lunch is available in the Wild Center cafeteria, or attendees can bring their own.

For those interested but unable to attend, consult the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, a Cornell Co-operative Extension office or visit

For more information or to register for lunch, call 359-2630.

King’s Garden offers variety of learning programs

TICONDEROGA — Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden is offering a variety of learning opportunities for adults and children this summer.

The Hands-on Horticulture series program “Making Sense of Lavender,” which runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. through July 20, focuses on the history and care of lavender. The series will look at the bearded iris from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13 through 31.

A new program highlighting vegetable gardening at Fort Ticonderoga, “Every Square Foot Counts: Feeding an Army, Feeding Ourselves,” will be featured from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 23 through Aug. 10.

Programs for children ages 3 to 8 that engage kids in garden-related activities will also be offered. The “Growing Up with Gardening: Sow, Grow & Know” series encourages children to explore the relationships that seeds, plants, insects and flowers have to everyday life through stories and hands-on learning. The program is offered at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, July 10, 24, Aug. 7 and 21.

Guided and self-guided tours of the gardens are available daily along with a scavenger hunt and plenty of displays in the formal garden, Three Sisters Garden, Children’s Garden and Garrison Garden. The King’s Garden, at 100 Fort Ti Road, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Columbus Day and is included with Fort admission.

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