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Feel the Peace & Wisdom of Nature at the Hammond


The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden is an intimate oasis providing access to peace and mindfulness for all through our tranquil Japanese style gardens and innovative arts and education programs.

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This GivingTuesday, help us raise $5,000
to prepare a bright spring at the Hammond!
Thanks to the generous donation of a
devoted anonymous donor, If you give
before midnight on November 29th
your donation will be matched up
to $2,500. We can do so much
with this support,

please help us

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is now closed for the season. However, we invite you to join us for several special events throughout the off-season.

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
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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 Crabapple Trees

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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.

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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