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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 and Plant Sale

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.



Save the Date!


Arboretum to Close Briefly on May 28

The Arboretum will be closed on Tuesday, May 28, from approximately 8 a.m. to noon so that an aerial survey of the Hudson National Golf Course can be performed. The access road to the Arboretum and all trail entrances (including the one from Brinton Brook Sanctuary) will be closed for safety reasons.

Join us for Croton's Earth Day event


Thank You Martin!

Goodbye and good luck to long-time board member Martin Smolin, who retired at the end of last year. Martin joined the board in soon after it was formed in 1995 and is responsible for many of the Arboretum’s accomplishments and best moments. He brought financial expertise and was responsible for our establishing an informal endowment fund for major initiatives. It was this fund that allowed us to do the extensive tree work needed to recover from the 2011 storms, and it also made it possible for us to obtain a $10,000 matching grant to extend our boardwalk in 2010. 

Martin was a very active and dedicated Board member. He served as docent or official photographer for our garden tours, joined in work days, and drafted our original by-laws. He found many excellent speakers for educational events, including Native American expert Barry Keegan and Arborist Craig Stevens (see story on page 2). He also recruited half a dozen current and former board members, wrote accurate and wonderfully concise minutes as recording secretary for years, and made all those beautiful wooden signs that mark our trails. 

As a member of the Saw Mill River Audubon Society board, he brought the Arboretum into the Greater Brinton Brook preserve’s wider sphere of protection. His connection there also gave us access to SMRAS experience and expertise that was enormously helpful in building our boardwalks and our gazebo. Plus he kept us aware of the ecological impact of our choices of automobiles. He was a thoughtful and thought-provoking member of the Arboretum team, and he will be greatly missed. Thank you for all you have done, Martin; please don’t be a stranger to either the board or our wonderful wetland preserve.