Congratulations to Ethan and Aaron Lewis, who competed in Croton’s annual Halloween window painting contest this weekend and received an honorable mention for their "Croton Arboreat'em" window. Since the Arboretum officially closes at dusk we’ve never been there on Halloween. Now that we see what goes on there we’re grateful to Ethan and Aaron for the warning!
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A group of sixth grade kids recently spent a morning volunteering at the Croton Arboretum. Organized by Lori Cohen of Havurah on Hudson, the group spread much-needed fresh mulch on the trails, learned about the Arboretum on a hike with Arboretum President Karen Jescavage-Bernard and demonstrated their frog-catching skills. The mission of Havurah on Hudson is to encourage and facilitate Jewish learning and Jewish identity of children of Havurah family members.
Thanks to the generosity of the homeowners who opened their beautiful gardens, the hard work of many volunteers, and perfect weather, the 17th annual Croton Arboretum Garden Tour raised nearly $4,000. The annual tour also included a sale of plants donated by local gardeners.
The garden tour is the main fund-raising event for our volunteer, non-profit organization, which provides environmental stewardship for 20+ acres of wetlands and woods at the Jane E. Lytle Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson. In addition to regular maintenance and educational programs the income will support restoration projects in the Arboretum, which suffered major damage during storms in the last few years.
"We want to thank everyone who helped make this year's tour such a success," said Arboretum President, Karen Jescavage-Bernard. "We hope everyone will visit the Arboretum this summer, to enjoy our boardwalk and trails."
Our 17th annual garden tour and plant sale will be held on Sunday, July 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance). The tour is limited to 200 participants, so order your tickets today by calling (914) 487-3830.
Tour maps and any remaining tickets will be available on Sunday, July 21, from 12:15 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.
The tour offers participants a private, self-guided tour of seven beautiful gardens in the Croton-Ossining area. Tour coordinator Laura Seitz has selected a variety of landscape settings created by local residents who have generously offered to open their private gardens to the public.
The sites on the tour are:
A handsome 19th century house, set in an attractive established garden that's an environmental wonder—an enormous solar panel supplies much of the electricity for the house, water from the roof is collected into cisterns and used for irrigation.
Hidden in a corner lot in Harmon is a vegetable and berry garden and small orchard. Along the property lines are hedges of hemlock, rhododendron, hydrangeas, and viburnum, while beds of mature lilies, roses, hostas, and other beautifully grown perennials stand in front of the hedges. The generous spacing of the plantings creates a garden of great serenity.
A rare example of a bog garden, created over the last 40 years on land that is traversed by a stream. Visitors can wander across the little bridge over the stream and among the many unusual plants.
A beautiful and immaculately kept farm, developed over 20 years—initially as a home for long distance race horses. As time went on other animals were added including goats, chickens, and bees. The farm is managed organically and includes an extensive vegetable garden.
A magnificent park-like property, beautifully maintained by workers from the New York Botanical Gardens. Featuring a raised-bed vegetable garden, a fenced berry patch, an orchard and gently sloping paths winding through groves of mature mountain laurel and rhododendron to provide a background for a woodland garden. There is also a rock garden overlooking a serene pond and two Japanese gardens.
A lovely garden completely hidden from the street due to the lay of the land and a high fence. A hillside of sweet smelling lavender marks the front and then in back there a swimming pool surrounded by many potted plants, perennial beds, and a water garden with enormous koi.
A house and garden on a fairly narrow ledge near the Old Croton Aqueduct, with longitudinal terraces connected by vertical paths in a Japanese style. There are Torii gates along the paths and plantings influenced by the owner's appreciation of Japanese gardens.
All tour profits benefit the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc.