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Feel the Peace & Wisdom of Nature at the Hammond



Live and Virtual Programs

See our events calendar to learn about our upcoming programs, live and online, such as:

  • T'ai Chi classes

  • Japanese tea ceremonies

  • Live Japanese festivals

  • A look at Japanese art treasures and the context in which they were created

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 will be hosted by Annette Polan and Dr. Aneta Georgievska-Shine and broadcast live on Saturday, November 6th at 10:00 am. 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 September 24, the Hammond Garden will showcase its history and progress in an evening symposium. Dr. Lara Netting will use archival photographs to speak on Ms. Natalie Hammond’s design and plantings. Charles King Sadler will present his work in progress as consultant to the Hammond. Yann Giguere, founder of Mokuchi Woodworking, will demonstrate the traditional techniques used in building a Japanese tea house. This symposium is intended for the general public, as well as Japanese garden enthusiasts and professionals. Families may especially enjoy the woodworking demonstration. Please see our Event page for 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, please contact Board Member Lara Netting at

T'ai Chi with Paul Wood

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 PM

All classes will be outside

and socially distanced

Tai Chi Practice