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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.

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