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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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Treeline is Online

The Fall 2011 issue of Treeline has been mailed to all members and can be read online here. If you're not a member, please support the Arboretum and become a member today.


Hudson River Day

We will have a booth at the Croton Yacht Club's third annual “Hudson River Day” celebration on Saturday, September 10th, from 11 AM - 4 PM. The purpose of the event is to promote interest in the history and ecology of the river, to cultivate future local environmental leaders and to promote, enhance and protect river-related recreational resources.

The event will include a combination of presentations and hands on exhibits throughout the day targeting both children and adults, focusing on the history and ecology of the river. Presentations will address river history, river ecology, and environmental and conservation movements.

Events and exhibits will include: a seining exhibition where local marine life will be captured, displayed and later released; viewing tanks where local marine life can be identified and observed; exhibits on the river’s impact on local American history, boat manufacturing and restoration, current marine research; hands on exhibits for children such as toy sailboat making, fossil making and fish printing; sail boat rides; local artist displays and sales.

Food and beverages will be available, including the best fish chowder on the Hudson. Admission is free so please join us in this fun-filled, educational and family-focused event.

The Croton Yacht Club located at 6 Elliot Way in Croton-on-Hudson.


Microbust During Storm Damages Arboretum

The violent storm that brought torrential rain, quarter-sized hail and "microbursts" of strong wind to Croton and Ossining on July 29th also tore through the Arboretum, toppling about a dozen large trees and tearing off countless branches. The golf course superintendant at Hudson National witnessed the storm and saw the gusts of wind move diagonally through the Arborteum.

The National Weather Service determined that the damage in the area was caused by a "wet microburst", a very localized column of sinking air, producing damage similar to, but distinguishable from, a tornado. A wet microburst is accompanied by significant precipitation and melting ice—particularly hail—appears to play an important role in the formation of the sudden downbursts of air.

"Storm damage was terrible," said Arboretum President Karen Jescavage-Bernard. "In addition to heartbreaking damage to some of our most treasured trees, many of the large black birch trees that have been weakened by disease were broken off at their roots or pulled out of the ground. Three huge legacy trees near the entrance had limbs twisted off the trunks."

"Thankfully Danny Ferguson immediately cleared the loop trail connecting the parking lot with the gazebo, but there is at least one hanger (a partially severed limb), dangling from the tulip tree near Norma’s Garden."

"Our top priority is getting arborists to remove any dangerous hangers and to try to clean and correct damage to trunks near the trails. Our second priority is replacing lost trees —particularly near Con Edison’s right of way—before invasive brush and vines move into the Arboretum."

"We also need to cut up and clear away the massive volume of fallen limbs and tree trunks. It's an daunting job, but at least it can be done by volunteers and workers safely on the ground."

"Stay tuned to our website and newsletter for updates on this critical reforestation project."


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.