This year’s annual garden tour sponsored by the Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum in Croton-on-Hudson features a couple of trophy properties in Ossining: a 19th-century estate on 23 acres that was once part of the Purdy Homestead and a 21-acre working farm that has been in the same family for a hundred years.
This year the self-guided driving tour runs from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. Six private gardens in the Croton-Ossining area will be open for the afternoon. Tickets are $20 each (or $35 for two, if bought in advance), with all proceeds going to the nonprofit arboretum.
Also on view for the tour:
* An in-town quarter-acre plot that’s been transformed by the owners into a virtually self-sufficient farm, with just about every inch of the property under cultivation.
* A totally private and beautifully planted preserve maintained by a master gardener, horticultural therapist, and New York Botanical Garden instructor.
* A colorful and unusual small garden on a terraced hillside plot.
IF YOU GO …
What: Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum’s 18th annual garden tour
When: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13
Where: Self-guided tour, rain or shine, of six private gardens in the Croton-Ossining area
Tickets: $20 each (or $35 for two, if purchased in advance); tour limited to 200 participants; call 914-487-3830 to order tickets.
Information: www.crotonarboretum.org. Tour maps and any remaining tickets will be available on Sunday, July 13, from 12:30 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.