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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!

Our 20th annual garden tour will be held on Sunday, July 17 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, Cortlandt, and Ossining areas. The tour is limited to 200 participants, so order your tickets today. Details below!

The sites on the tour are:

  •  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.


Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance). The tour is limited to 200 participants.

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 17, 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.


Meet-Up and Trail Day

We’re looking for volunteers to help keep the trails clear, pick up litter, spread mulch and do light trail work at our new monthly Meet-Up and Trail Day. The first event will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and thereafter at the same time on the second Saturday of every month. It’s a great opportunity to help maintain Croton’s 20+ acre wetland habitat and meet neighbors who share a love of hiking and the environment. Have questions? Call 914-487-3830 or email


Save the Date!

The 20th Annual Croton Arboretum Garden Tour will take place Sunday, July 17. We will post information about the gardens and start selling tickets a few weeks before the event. 


Winter Tree Walk with Arborist Craig Stevens

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 Over $3,000

Aerial photo of Anton Wilson’s garden taken during the tour.

Thanks to the generosity of homeowners who opened their beautiful gardens, the support of local businesses (listed below), and the hard work of many volunteers, our 19th Annual Garden Tour raised more than $3,000.

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.

A special thanks to these local businesses for their financial support of the tour:

A&S Fine Foods

Anton Restaurant & Bar

Deprez Wines and Spirits

The Green Growler

Groovy on Grand

Hudson Financial Group

Paramount Hudson Valley

Pronto Pizzeria and Restaurant

Run on Hudson Valley

Rutheny Jewelry & Sculpture

Tagine Restaurant & Wine Bar

Villa D’Oro Italian Deli & Bakery

Sunshine & Clover

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