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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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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.


Treeline is Online

The Winter 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.


It’s spring . . . and we’re growing!

Two Arboretum regulars try out the new 60+ foot extension of the Aboretum's boardwalk. The project used material left over from our 2010 extension, plus new material, and was paid for with funds raised by our annual garden tour. Thanks to Dan Ferguson and his crew for working in cold weather to get this done.