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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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Thursday
Jun252015

Garden Tour Tickets on Sale Now!

Photo from the 2014 garden tour

Our 19th Annual Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, July 12 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-Ossining 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. The sites on the tour are:
  • An estate with a magnificent view of the Hudson, perennial beds cut into the slope below the house and an in-ground swimming pool that roughly corresponds to the shape of Haverstraw Bay.  
  • A mature garden on the edge of a lake with lovely old rhododendrons, other evergreens, large flowering bushes, wisteria and an interesting variety of perennials in beds around the lawn and scattered among the rock outcroppings on both sides of the house. 
  • A perennial garden filled with native plants as well as a vegetable garden grown on natural principles, fertilized exclusively with compost. The property also includes a challenging rocky slope that has been artfully developed.  
  • A large multi-acre property with a beautiful series of gardens in a woodland setting including a stream and several ponds. Near the house there are lovely perennials leading to the ponds as well as various sitting areas. 
  • A thriving organic community garden where plots are distributed to people interested in growing their own vegetables.
  • A bouquet of five small front yard gardens—all examples of cutting-edge horticultural practice in which grass (with its need for fertilizer, pesticides, watering, and regular cutting) is abandoned and instead a small garden with a variety of flowers give a home and food to birds, butterflies, and other small animals. Some of the charming gardens feature shade plants, others include vegetables, some are mulched with decorative stones, and all fertilized with compost. 
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 12, 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.
All tour profits benefit the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc.

 

Thursday
Jun042015

Save the Date!

Friday
May012015

Thank You Croton Lions!

We're constantly surprised when we meet village residents who have never been to the Arboretum—and some who've never even heard of it. Thanks to a generous donation from the Croton Lions you'll start to see a beautiful new brochure and trail map at various places around the village, inviting residents to "Discover Croton's Hidden Treasure." 
  
The Croton Lions have been serving the community for more than 75 years, raising money to help a wide variety of local organizations. We greatly appreciate their support.
Monday
Apr132015

Earth Day

We will be exhibiting at Croton’s Earth Day celebration on April 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Vassallo Park, Croton-on-Hudson. We’re bringing two special guests, Native American crafts and culture expert Barry Keegan and Arborist Craig Stevens. Throughout the event Barry will demonstrate flint-knapping and fire-making techniques and Craig will conduct short tree identification walks. Join us!
Saturday
Jan312015

POSTPONED! Winter Tree Walk with Arborist Craig Stevens

Due to the snow forecast for Sunday—and the difficulty of accessing the Arboretum because of the snow already on the ground—the Winter Tree Walk scheduled for Sunday, February 8 has been postponed. We plan to reschedule the event in April.

Join arborist Craig Stevens for our 10th annual Winter Tree Walk on Sunday, February 8, 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.