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Garden Revitalization Project Videos

with Lara Netting

Discovering Natalie Hammond’s 1961 Garden and Planning for its Future

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

Charles King Sadler Pruning the Crabapple Trees

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