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Vermont Horticulturists to Lead Hudson Valley Gardens Tour

Participants on the July 28-29 garden tour, hosted by UVM Extension and the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, will visit several gardens in the Hudson Valley region.

Burlington--A two-day Hudson Valley garden tour, led by renowned Vermont horticulturists Dr. Leonard Perry and Charlie Nardozzi, is planned for July 28-29. Early registration is recommended as the tour is expected to fill up quickly.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga in New York will co-sponsor the tour, which includes visits to four gardens, a family-run farm market and garden center and other regional attractions.

The registration fee covers lodging, most meals, admission fees and special guided tours at each site, snacks, refreshments and travel by luxury motor coach. Registrations will be accepted until June 25 or the tour fills up. The fee is $309, double occupancy, with early bird discounts of $289, if received by April 30, or $299 for registrations received in May. The single room supplement is $80.

Pick-up points are the UVM Horticultural Research Center in South Burlington and King's Garden. For more information or to download the registration form, go to To request a disability-related accommodation, contact Leonard Perry at or (802) 656-2630 by May 31.

Day one will include guided tours of King's Garden and Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, the 200-acre estate and gardens of Samuel Morse, an artist and inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. An optional wine tasting at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, the oldest vineyard in the country, will be offered.

On the second day, participants will tour Bellefield in Hyde Park, an example of some of the earliest work of Beatrix Farrand, one of the first female landscape architects. The tour continues to Poughkeepsie for a stroll over the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world's longest, elevated pedestrian bridge, and the family-owned Adams Fairacre Farms for lunch, shopping and a tour of the largest farm market in the Hudson Valley, including its garden center and five acres of greenhouses.

The tour's final stop is Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, the former home and gardens of Frank Cabot, founder of the Nature Conservancy. A guided tour will be given of the 12 acres of display gardens, which include woodland and water gardens, cliff rock gardens, a conservatory and an enclosed English-style flower garden, among others.

Questions? Contact Leonard Perry at or (802) 656-2630 or Heidi teRiele Karkoski, Director of Horticulture at King's Garden, at or (518) 585-2821, ext. 225.