Feel the Peace & Wisdom of Nature at the Hammond



Happy Holidays & Happy New Year 

from your friends at The Hammond!

It's that time of year again. The Hammond Museum’s main gallery and the Japanese Stroll Garden are closed for the winter season. 

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  • The Board of Trustees is delighted to introduce Melissa Ralston-Jones as the interim executive director to the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden. Melissa has been selected for her exemplary museum, curatorial, managerial and grant writing experience and credentials. Since mid-December, Melissa has harnessed her twin passions for museum work and as a master gardener to provide an essentialist approach to leadership at a time when the arts are needed more than ever as a place for solace, truth-telling, and replenishment. As the Hammond Museum continues to expand its educational reach to include writing workshops and theater, we are pleased to extend our warmest welcome to Melissa--an educator and strategic thinker who understands the power of art, nature, and creative expression to transform our local and global community.

  • Due to Covid concerns, performances of ‘Canticle (God’s Fool)’ have been postponed to the spring-summer of 2022. Stay tuned for new dates for the world premiere by renowned playwright Martha Clarke, produced by the Schoolhouse Theater. 

  • We will continue to deliver online programs during the winter. Events include book talks, essays, workshops, seminars, and the winter launch of the Writers' Room.  

  • Join our upcoming zoom book talk with Rebeca Copeland on Jan 21st at 11am. A writer of many talents, Copeland is a history professor, translator and novelist. Register here for this free event.

See you in early spring for exhibits, cherry blossoms, and Earth Day!

November Virtual Exhibition Fallible Objects of Infinite Capacity

Video created by Bibiana Huang Matheis as muse for the November 2021 virtual exhibition featuring artists Ceci Cole McInturff and Micheline Klagsbrun. Artist reception hosted by Annette Polan and Dr. Aneta Georgievska-Shine and broadcast live on Saturday, November 6th at 10:00 am can be viewed on our Facebook page. The gallery of images will be online for one year.

The Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden
Revitalization Project

Sixty years after its opening in 1961, the Hammond Garden is in the midst of a 2021 Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden Revitalization Project, funded by a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership grant. Guided by Charles King Sadler, horticultural and design expert, Hammond volunteers have pruned the crabapples that explode with flowers in spring and droop gracefully over our central pond. We have trimmed our Kwanzan cherries, allowing these beloved trees to form an inviting aisle, but also giving each tree space. Further pruning revealed a nearly hidden stone path in our lantern garden, as Charles Sadler removed lower branches from a Japanese maple and overhanging honeysuckle and demonstrated how to cut back overgrown azaleas naturalistically. The Revitalization Project also includes planning for larger scale changes. New deer-hardy plantings will enhance the hidden and revealed views so important to a Japanese garden and native woodland plantings on the perimeter will contribute to the greater environment of the Hammond and North Salem community.

On November 3, 2021, Hammond Trustee Dr. Lara Netting spoke about the Hammond garden history and revitalization at the North American Japanese Garden Association Biennial Conference in San Diego. Netting NAJGA talk To learn more about NAJGA and its critical work in stewarding Japanese gardens across North America click here: NAJGA

We are deeply grateful to the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership for their support of the Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden Revitalization Project. For further information, please contact Lara Netting at info@hammondmuseum.org

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A Year of Volunteer Pruning with Ralph Padilla

Throughout 2021, the Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden has been fortunate to receive expert attention from Ralph Padilla, Director of forestry/horticulture, City of Yonkers. Ralph’s weekend work at the Hammond has been entirely volunteer. He has climbed high into evergreens and stooped low to Japanese maples, driven by the joy of shaping trees and garden. From all of us at the Hammond: “Thank you, Ralph!”

Charles King Sadler Pruning  the Crabapples Trees

Virtual Programs

See our events calendar to learn about our upcoming virtual programs such as:

  • An exploration of Japanese garden symbolism

  • An examination of East Asian cultural practices

  • A look at art treasures presented by several New York City experts on Japanese art

The Gardens

The Japanese Stroll Garden at the Hammond is a place of natural beauty and tranquility, meant to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. 

Virtual Exhibitions

Bi-monthly virtual gallery events

In Other Words

Monthly essays about the Hammond's Artist Members

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In The Landscape podcast hosts discuss their involvement in the restoration of the Hammond Museum Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem New York​

The Hammond Museum Artist Directory

View our nearly 200 Artist Members Directory

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Education at the Hammond!

This section contains essays, lesson plans, and videos related to the Hammond’s mission for educators and students to use. Made possible through the generosity of the Japan Foundation.

T'ai Chi with Paul Wood

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 PM

All classes will be outside

and socially distanced

Tai Chi Practice


The Museum and Gardens are open to the public during the season between April and November. Visiting hours are 12 pm to 4 pm on Wednesday through Saturday. 

We are open for private events all year

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