Feel the Peace & Wisdom of Nature at the Hammond
The Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden
From Japan to the United States, we have needed to remain indoors far longer than usual in 2020. As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, winter has seemed never ending. Yet spring is burgeoning outside our windows. Those of us fortunate enough to work in our gardens or take solitary walks have seen fresh green needles on native larches and unfurling leaves on Japanese maples. Iris leaves have pushed out of the ground and pale pink is beginning to show on cherry branches.
At the Hammond, we are also bursting with potential energy. We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership grant for our Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden Revitalization Project. Taking place over the course of 2020–21, the Revitalization Project will include identifying and restoring key plants and spaces in our over 60-year-old garden. The project will be publicized at a symposium planned for November 2020, featuring speakers on the history of the garden, the design of the restoration, and Japanese woodworking techniques. In revitalizing the Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden, our goal is to fully realize our founder Natalie Hammond’s wish, that each visitor “find peace in an unhurried journey through a stroll garden."
Please stay tuned for ways in which you can become involved in the Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden Revitalization Project as a local business sponsor, a garden volunteer, or a valued visitor. As soon as we in New York and beyond are able to open our doors and resume our activities, we will announce further details.
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 on the project please contact Board Member Lara Netting at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hammond Museum and the Japanese Stroll Garden are both temporarily closed to support New York State’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Hammond’s priority is to protect and support our visitors, staff, and volunteers. While we don't know of any confirmed cases related to the Hammond, we believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community.
At this time, we are taking precautionary measures, including implementing rigorous cleaning routines and eliminating gatherings of any size.
We look forward to soon announcing when we'll be able to welcome our staff and visitors back to the Museum.
Although you will not be able to be in the Japanese Stroll Garden for this ancient custom, we have created a special virtual night version of the garden with the musicians.
Our current Exhibits have been postponed. Please check back for reopening date.