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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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Order Garden Tour Tickets Today!

The Croton Arboretum’s 21st Annual Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, July 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., offering participants a private, self-guided tour of a variety of beautiful gardens in the Croton and Ossining areas. The tour is limited to 200 participants, so order your tickets today. Ordering details below!
The sites on the tour are:
  • A large property at the top one of the highest hills in Croton with a modern house opening to terraces that descend to a swimming pool and a deep koi pond. Garden beds are scattered around and the view over the surrounding hills is magnificent.
  • A large property on the Hudson River with full views both north and south. The house has been successfully restored to its full glory over a period of years. Choice plants and beautiful Asian sculptures and artifacts enhance the terraces leading to the house. On the south side the plantings are more informal and include a replica of a Roman pool.
  • A rare example of a wetland shade garden, created over the last 20 years on land that is traversed by a stream. The garden is best viewed from the terrace in back of the house, but if you do not mind risking wet shoes, feel free to wander across the little bridge among the many unusual plants, driftwood sculptures and stone cairns.
  • A modern house that straddles a stream flowing from a nearby pond. Planting areas have been created among the rocks, where lovely perennials have been placed. Paths made of large flat stones lead to a terrace where the view upstream extends beyond the planted area to naturally occurring reeds, skunk cabbage, and trees.
  • A group of three separate properties, anchored by an 1832 farm house where a local landscape designer has created a series of mini gardens over a period of 40 years. On either side, two neighbors have created their own lovely gardens. Although no concerted effort was made to coordinate their ideas, the three neighbors have achieved a lovely ensemble.
  • Last we have a special treat—a tour of the charming gardens (and the communal vegetable garden) of the historic Methodist Campwoods Grounds in Ossining. Established in 1831—and said to be the oldest Methodist camp meeting in the United States—the site is now the secular home to 45 families who have converted turn-of-the-century gingerbread summer cottages into full-time homes.
Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance). The tour is limited to 200 participants.
Mail your check to: 
Carol Shanesy
47 Nordica Drive
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
(make your check out to Croton Arboretum)


Tour maps (and any remaining tickets) will be available on Sunday, July 16, 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. 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.



Call us at (914) 487-3830.



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.