Betty Rettig, left, has been named Fort Ticonderoga Volunteer of the Year. Presenting her award are Heidi Karkoski, center, Fort Ticonderoga director of horticulture, and Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO.
A community horticulturist has been honored by Fort Ticonderoga.
Betty Rettig of Ticonderoga has been named the fort’s Volunteer of the Year for her work in Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden. Rettig has donated nearly 300 hours of volunteer service since 2009.
“I was completely caught off guard when I was named Volunteer of the Year at Fort Ticonderoga,” Rettig said. “Surely others have put in longer hours than me. It is my pleasure to be able to pick some of the beautiful flowers from the King’s Garden and make arrangements to be displayed in the Log House and Cafe each week and for the garden party and clam bake.
“I am the lucky one, to be sure, and appreciate the opportunity to volunteer in such a fine place and work with some great people,” she said. “As long as I am able I hope to continue volunteering as a floral designer in the King’s Garden. Hopefully more local people will also visit and volunteer at the fort and garden. We have a gem right in our own back yards.”
Rettig loves flowers and plants. She is president of the Carillon Garden Club as well as the coordinator of the Community Garden at the Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church.
“Betty’s support and assistance in the King’s Garden has had a big impact on the overall Fort Ticonderoga experience,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ti president and CEO. “Each week Betty creates masterful and beautiful flower arrangements that are displayed in the Log House Welcome Center and America’s Fort Café. In addition, Betty assists in creating stunning arrangements for the fort’s many summer fund-raising events. She truly spreads the beauty of the King’s Garden throughout the site and is tremendous advocate for Fort Ticonderoga’s educational mission in the community.”
Heidi Karkoski, Fort Ti director of horticulture, said Rettig is a valued volunteer.
“Betty is an active member of the horticulture team,” Karkoski said. “She has conducted floral design classes in the King’s Garden, shares her knowledge with other horticulture staff and volunteers, and is leading an upcoming Grapevine Wreath Workshop on Oct. 1 at Fort Ticonderoga.”
Rettig earned the highest status in Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteers Count! rewards program and joins 15 others who reached the platinum award level by contributing more than 51 hours of service. The volunteer rewards program was initiated in 2012 and allows volunteers with 11 or more hours donated to earn a Volunteer Ambassador Pass granting free general admission for the season as well as other benefits.
Fort Ticonderoga volunteers have given nearly 8,000 hours during 2013 in areas including interpretation, horticulture, education, development, collections and buildings and grounds.
New volunteers are welcome to apply to the program. Volunteer information and applications are available on Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.FortTiconderoga.org or by calling 585-2821.