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Feel the Peace & Wisdom of Nature at the Hammond


To delight the senses with a place of natural beauty where Eastern and Western culture are appreciated together, promoting global awareness and understanding.

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden heartily welcomes everyone for a diverse and exciting 3 seasons of relaxing garden strolls, art exhibitions, cultural programs, tea ceremonies, workshops,
tai chi and meditation sessions, and of course our
Annual Moon Viewing
concert of traditional Japanese music.

Experience the art and spirit of a Japanese Tea Ceremony with demonstrations, individual tastings, and presentations that illuminate key aspects of this rich cultural and spiritual tradition.

Visit our events page here for more info

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Join us for our Fall Tea Festival!

The Museum

Exhibition August 27 - November 5, 2022

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Ancient Message

Lucy Krupenye 

Artistic Legacies and Zen Sanctuary

These three related exhibitions, guest curated by Lucy Krupenye, celebrate the artistic accomplishments of three generations of Lucy Krupenye’s creative family.

Accompanying Events:

Exhibition Reception, Saturday, September 17, 1-4pm

Join us to see these three memorable and engaging exhibitions and meet the artists whose works are on display during this free reception. Music provided by Chick's Candy Store.

The Jones Factor Jazz Concert, Thursday, October 13th, 7pm

Relax with an autumn walk in the garden (open at 6pm), followed by an engaging exhibition talk by curator and artist Lucy Krupenye at 6:30pm. At 7pm begins a dynamic outdoor concert by the 6-piece jazz ensemble.  You are welcome to bring snacks and BYOB.

The Garden

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. 

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

Crafting a Japanese Teahouse with Yann Giguere of Mokuchi Woodworking

The Hammond Garden Revitalization Symposium on September 24, 2021, featured visiting artist Yann Giguere from Mokuchi Woodworking. He demonstrated Japanese-style teahouse construction to an audience of over 60 people. Working with wood samples, hand tools, and humor, Mr. Giguere shared his craft and a few “trade secrets”

Yann Giguere Showing a Mortice and Tenon
Maple and stepping stone path with light snow

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 Crabapple Trees


Friday, October 21, 10am-12pm
Garden in the Garden

If you are passionate about gardening in the Japanese style or would like to learn;

If you are looking to spend time outdoors working meditatively or alongside others, 

the Hammond welcomes you.


Volunteers will assist with a range of tasks including tidying stone and moss areas, raking paths, removing invasive plants, and pruning shrubs and small trees (under guidance). Volunteers will enjoy preferential access to workshops on the related arts of pruning, bonsai cultivation, and flower arranging. The Hammond promotes aesthetic pruning and envisions bringing together professionals and amateurs interested in this craft.

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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.



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. 

No pets allowed.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Because of continuing infrastructure work on the buildings and grounds, 

the Hammond will be unable to host any private events for the 2022 season. 

 We apologize for any inconvenience. 

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests in the spring of 2023. 

Learn the History

Discover the story of over 60 years of culture, art and natural beauty. Learn the roots of the Hammond and understand its longstanding impact.


Free admission, exclusive member events and special opportunities to join the life of the Hammond. Keep the Museum's mission growing by becoming a member.

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