TICONDEROGA Autumn is the time for harvest and now is the time to celebrate the bounty in the Kings Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.
The end of the growing season is near and the last of the seasons vegetables are ready to be picked in the Garrison Garden, The Childrens Garden and the Three Sisters Garden.
Sept. 15 the Harvest Day festivities will include games, craft activities and a hay bale fort along with reaping the garden goodies. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. families can enjoy tours, gourd decorating, a scavenger hunt accompanied by a hearty bowl of chili or a hot dog.
The Estate and Garden Tour will be given at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Log House Restaurant will have picnic lunches available to take to the gardens, too.
Before there were groceries stores that supplied people with fresh produce on a year-round basis, the home gardener would dry, pickle, can or store home-grown vegetables to be used during the winter months. Fort Ti visitors can browse the original grocery aisles and enjoy the beautiful lakeside scenery at the same time. An expert and diligent staff, many of them volunteers, have labored all season to bring these plots of land to fruition.
Those same volunteers will be available to help people with their gathering.
Its not all about vegetables, either. The Kings Garden boasts an collection of flowers and shrubs and fall is the most advantageous time to divide perennials and moving bulbs. That means a bounty of beautiful flowering plants will also be available at the Harvest Festival plant sale.
For further information call 585-2821 weekdays or 585-2650 weekends or www.fort-ticonderoga.org .