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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.


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