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The Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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22nd Annual Croton Arboretum Garden Tour

The Croton Arboretum’s 22nd annual garden tour will be held on Sunday, July 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. This ever-popular event will offer participants a private, self-guided tour of a variety of beautiful gardens in the Croton-on-Hudson area.

Tour coordinator Laura Seitz has selected a diverse group of landscape settings created by local residents who have generously offered to open their private gardens to the public, all within Croton or a short distance away. The six gardens on this year’s tour all maximize the potential of the terrain—whether it consists of many acres or just a fraction. Stone outcroppings, steep hillsides and water provide both ample opportunities and challenges. The gardens include:

  • An exquisite small village garden, hidden away in one of the oldest sections of Croton.
  • A garden along a waterway that affords the illusion of seclusion on a modest-size lot, with a pool, vegetable garden, wildflowers, perennials and specimen trees.
  • A garden carved into a cliff, anchored by a magnificent Japanese maple.
  • A large garden built around a stream that flows under the house, with perennials growing along both sides, two terraces for enjoying the surrounding flowers, and a level field of grass for parties and sports.
  • An historic property, once a farm and vineyard, and now a small estate defined by huge rock formations and choice specimen trees.
  • Another steep lot with dramatic rock outcroppings, developed very differently, with large numbers boxwoods and other evergreens, interspersed with enclaves of shade-loving perennials. 

Tickets for the tour are $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance). The tour is limited to 200 participants, so order your tickets today by calling (914) 487-3830. 

Tour maps and any remaining tickets will be available on Sunday, July 15, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6 Old Post Road North (at the corner of Grand Street), Croton-on-Hudson. The tour takes place rain or shine. Refreshments are provided mid-tour.


Save the Date!


The Croton Arboretum’s 22nd Annual Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 15. Details to come . . .


Winter Tree Walk

Arborist Craig Stevens can answer all your questions about selecting, identifying, planting and pruning trees—including tips on how to prevent storm damage, why pruning is critical in the aftermath, and which trees to avoid planting in the first place. Join Craig for the Croton Arboretum’s 12th Annual Winter Tree Walk on Sunday, February 4, from 12 to 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. We will park at the entrance on Fox Road and walk into the Arboretum. Rain or shine.


Thank You!

Many thanks to Rick and Susan Sammon, who held the first of two sold-out photo walks this morning to raise money to complete the Arboretum's handicap-accessible boardwalk. The Sammons are donating their time and expertise to share tips for finding interesting subjects and capturing high-quality images—both for serious photographers to smart phone shooters. In addition to on-site instruction, participants from both sessions will get a link to Rick’s online class, “Master the Art and Craft of Landscape Photography.” Learn more about Rick and his photo workshops at



Photo Walks with Renowned Photographer Rick Sammon

Local resident and internationally renowned photo instructor Rick Sammon will lead guided photo walks at the Arboretum on October 14 and October 15. The events will help raise funds to complete work on our handicap-accessible boardwalk.

Nature lovers and photo enthusiasts are invited to join Rick on a guided photo walk on Saturday, October 14 at 9 a.m. or Sunday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. During each 1-hour session, Rick will share his tips for finding interesting subjects and capturing high-quality images. Photo instruction will focus on three natural elements found in the Arboretum: leaves, roots, and rocks. All levels of photographers, from serious amateurs to smart phone shooters, will benefit from this small group educational experience. In addition to on-site instruction, participants will get a link to Rick’s online class, “Master the Art and Craft of Landscape Photography.”

Classes are limited to 12 participants per group. Cost for each guided walk, which includes access to the online class, is $25 per person. Advance registration is required.

Click here for the registration form.

Questions? Call us at 914-487-3830.