TICONDEROGA - The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga will explore the history, cultivation and uses of herbs this season with a number of special programs.
The first offering is on June 8 when herbalist and author Nancy Wotten Scarzello will offer an in-depth program for adults, "Walk on the Wild Side." She will explore the garden grounds on this 90-minute walk and talk about traditional and folkloric uses of the wild plants, trees and mushrooms found here. Many of the plants will be familiar and may grow in our own yard.
Scarzello will return on Sept. 7 to conduct a similar 90-minute program, "Herbs & Wild Medicinal Plants of Fort Ticonderoga."
Both programs have a fee of $15 and pre-registration is required. They both begin at 1:30 in The King's Garden. Rain dates are the following days in both cases.
As a follow-up to both of these offerings, Scarzello will return on Sept. 14 with "Introduction to Herbal Remedies," a session focused on harvesting and preparing simple herbal products for home use. Using fresh herbs harvested from the fort's gardens, she will show the proper techniques for making teas, herbal oils for massage, a salve and lip balm. A hands-on demonstration, handouts and products to take home are included.
There is a $25 fee for this course and pre-registration is also required. Class size is limited to 20.
To make reservations for any of the three programs or for additional information call 585-2821.
Throughout the summer Scarzello, who lives locally, will be on-hand several Tuesday afternoons to offer visitors a half-hour program called "Investigating Herbs."
A schedule of events, tours and program offerings can be seen at FortTiconderoga.org .