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 Chappaqua Hudson Valley Gardens

Things to Do, Birding, Birding Hummingbirds, Hiking, Nature Walks, Quiet Views, Sanctuary, Garden, Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Chappaqua | Westchester Pruyn Sanctuary Buttterfly and Hummingbird Garden

  Pruyn Sanctuary Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden is located at 275 Millwood Road (Route 133), Chappaqua, NY in Westchester County. Pruyn Sanctuary is a demonstration garden within a six-acre native arboretum surrounded by a 92-acre parcel of protected open space. The garden features over 125 types of annual and perennial flowering plants selected to be food or nectar plants for butterflies, honey bees and hummingbirds. A drip pool attracts birds. Over 40 species of butterflies and moths, and three dozen species of birds are drawn to the garden. Pruyn Sanctuary Buttterfly and Hummingbird Garden | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Croton-on-Hudson Listings10520, village of croton-on-hudson, history, croton landing, croton and new croton dams, new croton aqueduct, croton dam, about croton-on-hudson, activities, attractions, things to do, places to go, fishing, children, kids, picnic at a croton-on-hudson

 Croton-on-Hudson Hudson Valley Gardens

Croton River, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, working estate, history, Historic Landmark, Georgian, Federal period furnishings, Hudson River Valley, post-revolutionary, Attractions, Gardens, Guided tours, for the kids, children, costumed guides | Westchester Van Cortlandt Manor "Historic Site"

  Van Cortlandt Manor is located on South Riverside Ave, off Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, in one of the River Towns of Westchester County. Van Cortlandt Manor, situated on the banks of the Croton River, is a working estate and elegant country house that brings the new nation period vividly to life. The history of the estate is richly documented and the manor house contains primarily original furnishings, which provides an element of authenticity rarely seen in house museums.

A National Historic Landmark, the 18th-century stone manor house is the centerpiece of the property. It features a fine collection of Georgian and Federal period furnishings, many original to Van Cortlandt Manor. Of particular note is an extraordinary kitchen on the ground floor, with original hearth, beehive oven, and extensive collection of cooking equipment and utensils. Also on the grounds is an 18th-century tavern situated on the historic Albany Post Road at the site of a ferry crossing over the Croton River. The tavern showcases a collection of vernacular Hudson River Valley furnishings and evokes fascinating tales of travel and transport in the post-revolutionary period. Van Cortlandt Manor  "Historic Site" | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All North Salem Listings10560, northeastern corner, horse country, croton falls, grants corner, north salem, purdys, train stations, public schools, hiking trails in mountain lakes park, birding, boating, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, restaurants in north salem

 North Salem Hudson Valley Gardens

Stroll Garden, Things to Do, Birding, Brush Painting, Children's Workshops, Educational Tours, Restaurant | Westchester Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

  The Hammond Museum was designed by Natalie Hays Hammond who borrowed the basic principles and ideas of the Stroll Garden incorporating indigenous plantings with popular and rare Japanese and Chinese specimens. "As people often travel to escape routine problems and obligations, or to escape themselves, so should they find peace in an unhurried journey through a stroll garden." Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Pocantico Hills Hudson Valley Gardens

Rockefeller Estate, historic site, Sleepy Hollow, NY, River Towns of Westchester, Hudson Valley landmark, architecture, gardens, scenery, Things to Do at Kykuit, history, Art Galleries, Coach Barn, Garden terraces, Scenic Views, Sculpture Collection | Westchester Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate "Historic Site"

  Kykuit Rockefeller Estate, an historic site of the National Trust, is located in Pocantico Hills, New York. However, all tours begin at 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 in one of the River Towns of Westchester County.

Click to enlarge photo of Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow.

Click to enlarge photo of Kykuit Rockefeller Historic Site Kykuit, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained. Completed in 1913, Kykuit reveals the fascinating history of four generations of the Rockefeller family.
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate  "Historic Site" | Westchester  photos, website and more . . .
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 Scarsdale Hudson Valley Gardens

10583, Nature Center, nature preserve, wildlife habitat refuge, migratory birds, birthday parties, environmental topics, education programs for children, Bring the children, kids of all ages enjoy, Things to Do, Botanical Exhibits, Live Animal Museum | Westchester Greenburgh Nature Center

  The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is located at 99 Dromore Road, off Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale NY 10583, Westchester County in the Hudson Valley. The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve with trails, a pond, an old orchard succession site, and gardens. The property is a significant wildlife habitat refuge, both for indigenous species and for the hundreds of species of migratory birds that use it as a resting place on their spring and fall travels. The property includes 30-acres of woodland, two significant wetland sites, and an old orchard succession site, used as a nesting area for Eastern box turtles. Greenburgh Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Tarrytown Hudson Valley Gardens

photo of Lyndhurst, historic site, America's finest Gothic Revival mansions, Things to Do at Lyndhurst, Museum Shop, Tour Lyndhurst Mansion, Historic Sites in Sleepy Hollow, Children's Attractions in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, Family Fun Day | Westchester Lyndhurst "Historic Site"

Click to enlarge photo of Lyndhurst from rear grounds.

Click to enlarge photo of Lyndhurst from rear grounds. Circa 1838. Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is a preeminent architectural landmark. It resides on a 67-acre park representing 19th century architecture, decorative arts, and landscape. Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY, Lyndhurst is one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions. Lyndhurst  "Historic Site" | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All City of Yonkers Listingssouth southern southwest southwestern hudson river valley

 City of Yonkers Hudson Valley Gardens

Nature Center,  Things to Do, Birding, Cross-country Skiing, Gardening, Hiking / Walking, Nature Study Programs, overlooking the Hudson River, spectacular views, bird watchers, hawk migrations, butterfly garden, butterfly and hummingbird garden | Westchester Lenoir Preserve Nature Center

  Lenoir Preserve Nature Center is a 40-acre nature preserve comprised of woodlands and field habitats. It is situated adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views. The property was formerly home to two Hudson River estates and boasts a number of unusual specimen trees and shrubs, imported from around the world. Lenoir Preserve Nature Center | Westchester  website and more . . .

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Hudson Valley Gardens | Dutchess Dutchess County
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Hudson Valley Gardens | Orange Orange County
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Hudson Valley Gardens | Putnam Putnam County
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Benefits of Gardening
Gardening is a great way to connect with the earth, reduce stress, increase creativity and promote relaxation.

    Gardening is Therapeutic
    There is even an emerging medical art known as horticultural therapy. People with all types of health conditions, schoolchildren, even prison inmates, are encouraged to learn about new plants and envision creative ways to arrange them in the ground as a way to provide a sense of accomplishment and improve self-image.

    Gardening Feels Good
    Aside from delighting your senses with color, texture and scents, gardening enables you to connect with nature. Digging your hands through the soil and handling delicate plants can feed the soul.

    Gardening is Exercise
    Gardening is a low-impact activity that improves flexibility through bending and stretching, and has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, don't let it replace your walking regime or other regular aerobic exercise. Do both, for maximum benefits.

Wildlife Challenge
The Humane Society of the United States has initiated a Backyard Wildlife Awareness Campaign that will encourage people to make a few simple commitments that can greatly benefit the earth and the earth’s wildlife. The Humane Society gave us several resolutions to consider incorporating into our daily lives - like not cutting down dead trees in spring, because small animals and birds have begun nesting in them. All are easy, common sense ways to be a little gentler with nature.

Whether you are a gardener yourself, or hire professional landscapers and gardeners - you can help ensure the well being of our environment for ourselves and future generations. We all need to make an effort to keep pesticides and harmful toxins out of our gardens and away from our property. Not using harmful pesticides will protect our family and pets, as well as protect the natural wildlife and flaura. If you hire gardeners and landscapers - be sure the Gardener or Landscaper uses "environment" friendly and safe methods while working on your property.

    Let your Lawn grow into a Meadow
    Letting your lawn grow into a meadow not only cuts down on pollution and the use of fossil fuels, but it also greatly increases habitat for birds and butterflies and other interesting critters. Even if you only designate a portion of your property to a meadow - this could be one of the most important commitments you will ever make to planet earth.

    Do not compete for the most manicured lawn. Enjoy a beautiful and natural meadow.
    "Perfect" lawns are typically sprayed with dangerous pesticides and harm the environment. Pesticides will seep into nearby streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, etc. Your well water will be contaminated which affects the water we drink and our family's health. You and your family and your pets are harmed by any dangerous pesticides used on your lawns.

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    Streams and Ponds
    Every stream is connected to something else - another stream, a pond, a lake. Trash finds its way from one to the other, and an array of wildlife along the way can be injured or sickened by it. Visit your local stream or pond and pick up trash that you find. The results will be felt far downstream.

    Leave them wild
    Make a commitment never to buy a “novelty” wild animal as a pet. It is very difficult to satisfy their needs in captivity, and that often means an unhappy outcome for all concerned. As cute as a baby turtle may be, it is far better off in the wild. Take your kids for a walk to the local pond where they can see these and other wildlife where they should be – in the wild.

    Go native
    Use plants that are native to your area. Not only will they thrive better, resist disease and often injury or attack from plant eating insects and mammals, but they will also require less maintenance, freeing you up to do nothing but enjoy them.

    Save trees
    In the Spring, try not to cut down hollow trees because squirrels, raccoons, woodpeckers, flying squirrels, and others are nesting in them. “Dead” trees are anything but; they are thriving habitats for insects and animals who can benefit people and other wildlife. Keep them standing if possible.

    Scrap the trap
    If you capture and relocate a “nuisance” wild animal in the Spring, it is likely to be a mom, which means helpless young will be left behind to starve. Instead use eviction strategies to solve wildlife conflicts.

    Cut them up
    Disarm (cut) plastic 6 pack holders before disposal so that wild animals cannot get tangled up, injured or die in them.

    Rinse out food jars
    Thoroughly rinse and safely discard food jars. Hungry raccoons and skunks can get their heads stuck in peanut butter, jelly, yogurt or other containers. If you clean the containers before disposing of them, you will literally be saving lives.

    Check for nests
    Walk your yard and look carefully for rabbit nests before mowing in the spring. The nests can be hard to see, the mother rabbit digs a shallow hole in the grass and puts her babies in it where they stay for 3 weeks until weaned and self-sufficient.

    Press for information about Pets, Wildlife, Horses, Farm Animals, and more at: The Humane Society of the United States

Gardening and Flowering Garden Ideas
Some ideas for gardens - using different plants, flowers, and combinations of plants and flowers.

    Gardens with long lasting color
    Try red and yellow blooms of flowers that thrive in this area.Mix these flowers with blue salvia, with a low border of sweet white alyssum. Your color scheme has the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow.

    Plant Combinations
    What makes this plant combination work, is that both the celosia and the salvia have long tall flowers. They compliment each other and then are offset by the low border of alyssum. Try grouping similar flower types and get a little bold mixing the colors up.

    Summer Gardens
    Another good summer mix is a combination of summer madness petunias, with dusty miller, and a heavy border of white sweet alyssum. What makes this color combination great, is that it is using a different base color of gray. The summer madness petunia has a touch of gray in it that works really well with the gray in the dusty miller. It is eye catching because it is not your usual mix of summer annuals like marigolds. It has a sophisticated feel, but can be used anywhere, and the white border gives it a finished look. I tend to put the taller dusty miller towards the back, fill in with the petunias, and finish with the white alyssum. You can try this, or do something with a different base color. What makes this plant combination work is the drastically different textures. There is enough difference between the petunias and dusty miller to complement each other, without becoming too much.

    Fall and Autumn Gardens
    A good fall mixture is to use a combination of Iceland poppies with purple and pink stock, and either a border of lobelia, or alyssum, or one color of pansies. What makes this color combination work is that it is very soft, and pastel-like. When it is fall, and the days are getting shorter, all this bright color can look beautiful in your garden.They are mostly warm colors, so they contrast with the cool temperatures at that time of year. All these plants are very tall, and have long thin stems. Again, try things with similar growing habits, and then contrast it with something low. What also looks good with the poppies and stock can even be a border of low mounding grasses that come in gray and green.

    Teddy Bear Sunflowers
    One last idea for you to try, is an entire planting of Teddy Bear Sunflowers. The Teddy Bear variety are a dwarf, so they only get a foot or two tall. This is very eye-catching, and since these, and similar dwarf varieties, can be started from seed, they are very cost effective.

    You can also plant your garden in containers. Try using a few large containers instead of lots and lots of little pots. Numerous pots tend to look cluttered and haphazard, while a few large containers placed here and there look well planned, and do more to show a variety of color.

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