Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem seeks garden volunteers

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Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden is seeking garden volunteers to assist with a range of tasks on the museum's property in North Salem.Volunteers will assist with such tasks as tidying stone and moss areas; raking paths; removing invasive plants and pruning shrubs and small trees (under guidance). 

"If you are looking to spend time outdoors working meditatively or alongside others, the Hammond welcomes you," read a flyer posted in town.

Volunteers will be provided access to workshops on the related arts of pruning, bonsai cultivation and flower arranging. 

Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

In 2021, the Hammond began a garden revitalization project funded by a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership grant. Guided by Charles King Sadler, horticultural and design expert, Hammond volunteers pruned various trees throughout the museum's grounds to help restore the views that are so vital to a Japanese garden. During that time, the Hammond also received expert attention from Yonkers director of forestry/horticulture Ralph Padilla. Padilla volunteered his time at the Hammond on weekends, climbing into evergreens and stopping into Japanese maples to help shape and enhance the aesthetic beauty of the Hammond's gardens. 

Now, the Hammond is seeking volunteers from the community to continue that work in 2023, with the goal of continuing to contribute to the greater environment of the Hammond and North Salem community.

For more information, email Hammond trustee Laura Netting: info@hammondmuseum.org

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