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The Hammond Museum’s
Japanese Stroll Garden in a New Era

A Garden Revitalization Symposium
Friday September 24, 2021 beginning at 4:00 pm


Japanese Stroll Garden


4:00                   Garden tour 

4:30 – 5:30       Yann Giguere woodworking demonstration 

5:30 – 6:30       Lara Netting and Charles Sadler presentation

6:30 – 7:00       Reception

This evening symposium will showcase the revitalization of the Japanese stroll garden created by Natalie Hammond in 1961. Dr. Lara Netting, historian of modern East Asia, will speak on the inspiration behind Ms. Hammond’s eclectic estate and its evolution over 60 years. The Hammond grounds include not only Japanese maples and a Zen garden, but also London planetrees, boxwood, and native blueberries. Charles King Sadler, horticultural and design expert, will present his work in progress as consultant to the Hammond. Mr. Sadler will emphasize his vision of a Japanese-style garden in harmony with the formal European plantings and native woodlands that surround it on the Hammond estate. Yann Giguere, founder of Mokuchi Woodworking, will demonstrate the traditional woodworking techniques used in building a Japanese tea house. While the Hammond Museum has an indoor tearoom, adding a tea house within our maple grove is a long-term revitalization goal. This symposium is intended for the general public, as well as Japanese garden enthusiasts and professionals. We will open the floor to discussion of shared challenges such as preserving mid-century structures and plants and allowing Japanese gardens to be accessible to visitors of all abilities.


The Hammond Japanese Stroll Garden Revitalization Project is made possible through a generous grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Free with Museum admission, reservations recommended

For more information, please call 914-669-5033 or email

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