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2011 Garden Tour Breaks Records

Photo by Dianna Smith

Thanks to the generosity of the homeowners who opened their beautiful gardens, the hard work of many volunteers, picture-perfect weather and some well-timed (and much appreciated) press coverage, the 15th Annual Croton Arboretum Garden Tour was a record-breaking success. Nearly $5,000 was raised during the event, which included a sale of native plants, donated by local gardeners.

The garden tour is the main fund-raising event for the 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. In addition to supporting projects like the expansion of the Arboretum's handicapped-accessible boardwalk, income is also used for educational events, which the organization often co-sponsors with the Croton library, schools and other civic organizations.

"We want to thank everyone who helped make this year's tour such a smashing success," said Arboretum President, Karen Jescavage-Bernard. "We hope everyone will visit the Arboretum this summer, to enjoy our boardwalk and trails. Watch for news about a fall event we're planning with the CET PTA. Native American crafts expert Barry Keegan is going to share his encyclopedic knowledge of Hudson Valley Native American tool-making and culture in an authentic Lenape structure he's going to build in the Arboretum!"

The picture above is of the Marilyn and Arnold Miller garden. For more pictures see our photo gallery. See you next year!

Inspired by the Garden Tour

This beautiful photo by Judy O'Hara, a graphic designer and avid gardener who lives in Croton, is one of a series of photographs she took on the garden tour. See them all on Facebook.

2011 Garden Tour 

The Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum’s 15th annual garden tour and plant sale will be held on Sunday, July 10 from 12:30 PM to 5 PM. Once again this ever-popular summer event will offer participants a private, self-guided tour of a half dozen spectacular gardens in the Croton-Cortlandt area. The tour coordinators, Laura Seitz and Gill Mader, have selected a wide variety of landscape settings created by local residents who have generously offered to open their private gardens to the public.

Among the sites on the tour are:

  • A small village yard with a combination of native, vegetable, herb, and flower plantings along with a rock garden;
  • An artist’s larger English garden of berry bushes and flowering shrubs, and historic acreage along Croton’s woods studded with rose bushes, gazebos and a spreading orchard,
  • The organic Community Garden, established two years ago and cooperatively developed with the Croton village government ,which furnished the water and fencing. Now, 23 Croton residents are seeding and tending individual vegetable plots in this community enterprise. The Croton Girl Scouts donate the vegetable produce from their area to the Croton Food Bank.

Tickets are on sale for the tour at $20 per person, or for an Early Bird Special of two for $35. To make reservations in advance call Laurie Salzberg, 271-5871, or Lisa Cohen, 827-9805. The tour is limited to 200 participants, so purchase your tickets today.

Tour maps and any remaining tickets will be available on Sunday, July 10, from 12:15 to 1:30 PM at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6 Old Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson.

All tour profits benefit the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. 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.


Coming soon . . .

On Wednesday, June 1st, at 7 p.m. the Arboretum and the Croton Free Library will show the award-winning documentary Queen of the Sun, which explores the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder, in which bees disappear from hives en masse. The film describes the struggles of beekeepers and scientists to understand and address this catastrophic loss of bees, which are vital to agriculture. It also shows the mysterious world of the beehive and covers 10,000 years of bee-keeping.


Presentation at the Library

The Arboretum and the Croton Free Library are cosponsoring Gardens Filled with Life: Designing with Northeastern Flora, a presentation by author and landscape designer Carolyn Summers. Carolyn will offer striking garden designs that use native plants and will reveal the many ways indigenous plants support the food web and create a healthy, sustainable landscape. Her designs feature underutilized and uncommon native plants that beautifully replace traditional invasive exotics. Currently a professor at Westchester Community College, Carolyn Summers is the author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East (Rutgers University Press, 2010). Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.