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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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Garden Tour News

The 21st Annual Croton Arboretum Garden Tour will take place Sunday, July 16. We're still finalizing the list of gardens, but as a subscriber to our occasional newsletter you'll be the first to get the details and have the opportunity to order tickets. If you're not already on our email list, click here to sign up.


Annual Meeting Report to Members

The 2016 annual meeting was held on February 15, 2017. The purposes of the annual meeting are:

  • to elect directors for 3 years’ service;
  • to elect officers for 1 year’s service;
  • to present the year-end financial report;
  • to review achievements and activities of the preceding year;
  • to set priorities for the current year;
  • conduct other business.

As always, the meeting was open to the public, but only current paid-up members are eligible to vote. All proxy ballots were in favor of the proposed slate and amendments to the bylaws.


Don Daubney and Carol Shanesy were elected as directors, with terms ending in 2020.

Officers elected for 2017 were:

  • Karen Jescavage-Bernard, President
  • Marc Cheshire, Vice-President
  • Carol Shanesy, Treasurer
  • Daniel Shure, Secretary

Year-end financial report

  • 2016 net income compared favorably with 2015’s net loss of $3,333.
  • 2016 income—$12,937
  • 2016 expenses—$7,757
  • 2016 net income—$5,180
  • Endowment fund increased to $45,999, an increase from $39,198 in 2015.
  • Total assets increased by $7,725 to $51,020.

2016 achievements

  • Continue Phragmites eradication program (2nd year)
  • Successful 20th annual Garden Tour and Groundhog Day Tree I.D. walk
  • Community outreach at Earth Day and Summerfest events
  • 5 volunteer projects, including CHHS community service projects, Trail Days and Saturday meet-ups
  • Continued installation of three demonstration gardens
  • Upgraded trails
  • Increased publicity and outreach

2017 priorities

  • Complete final section of handicap-accessible boardwalk trail
  • Upgrade 1998 handicap-accessible entry trail
  • Continue Phragmites eradication program (year 3)
  • Complete and submit proposal to re-establish wooded buffer with Con Edison right-of-way
  • Install new signage
  • Complete the three demonstration gardens
  • Increase membership
  • Recruit new Board members
  • Seek funding and support for high-priority capital improvement projects

Other business

Approved the following amendments to the bylaws:

  • Adopted a conflict of interest policy and a whistleblower policy as required by NY State
  • Removed specific time, date, and location of Board meetings
  • Changed permitted number of directors to “up to 11”
  • Authorized two officers, the President and the Treasurer, to sign checks
  • Created the following additional non-voting director categories: associate member to lead specific projects, sabbaticals, honorary members, and municipal government liaisons. Sabbatical status will allow a director to be absent for more than three consecutive monthly meetings without resigning.

Also agreed to pursue funding for capital projects via registering with New York State’s Grants Gateway portal and engaging private foundations and philanthropies.


Winter Tree Walk

Arborist Craig Stevens can answer all your questions about selecting, identifying, planting and pruning trees—including tips on how to prevent storm damage, why pruning is critical in the aftermath, and which trees to avoid planting in the first place. Join Craig for the Croton Arboretum’s 10th Annual Winter Tree Walk on Sunday, February 7, from 12 to 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. We will park at the entrance on Fox Road and walk into the Arboretum. Rain or shine.


Garden Tour Raises $2,700 


Thanks to the generosity of homeowners who opened their beautiful gardens, the support of local businesses, and the hard work of many volunteers, our 20th Annual Garden Tour raised $2,700 in much-needed funds.

The tour is a major fund-raising event for our all-volunteer, non-profit organization, which provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum in Croton. The money raised will support regular maintenance, educational programs and restoration projects.

We hope you will visit the Arboretum this summer to enjoy our boardwalk and trails.


Tickets are still available!

Our 20th Annual Garden Tour is this Sunday, July 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Call (914) 487-3830
  • We'll reserve your tickets and you can pay the day of the tour.
  • Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if you reserve them in advance).
  • Pay for tickets and pick up your tour map on Sunday 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.
Here are descriptions of the gardens:
  • A magnificent seven-acre garden, 28 years in the making, with 500 blooming lotus plants in a pond fed by a 14th century gargoyle, four greenhouses for tropical plants, a vegetable garden, cactus garden, and a giant bamboo garden.
  • A pair of his-and-hers gardens created by a master gardener, who devoted hers to vegetables and perennials—many natives of this area that she has raised from seed and nurtured with organic fertilizer—and her husband, whose garden features huge, spectacular plants. The ensemble presents a range of horticultural interests that is unusual on a suburban plot.
  • A village garden, started on a small scale many years ago but then expanded greatly when the owners purchased the lot next door, cleared the land, and brought in bricks for paths bit-by-bit from the abandoned brickworks at George’s Island. They reconfigured old foundations into a pond with waterfalls and koi fish, and built a gazebo next to it, surrounded by hundreds of hostas and other plants.
  • A charming multi-level flower and vegetable garden, with a broad deck leading to a lawn and then to flower beds with herbs and vegetables in the mix, flowing informally down a gentle slope to a very productive vegetable garden. Hurricane Sandy did a great deal of damage here, but a wonderful restoration occurred and returned this lovely garden to the quiet peaceful place it used to be in the midst of a very busy corner of the village.
  • An exquisite garden on a terraced hillside plot, developed with a particular eye to color—colors in blocks, colors that complement each other, and colors that reflect the gardener’s special interest in bicolor plants. The garden also includes some unusual plants, including an enormous tricolor willow and a twelve foot high ironweed. This is an example of how an incredibly beautiful garden can be made from familiar plants, often grown from seed or acquired locally, and then grown impeccably.