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Lasdon Park and Arboretum
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Lasdon Park & Arboretum is the "horticultural hub" of Westchester County. The Lasdon estate, originally called Cobbling Rock Farm, was acquired by William and Mildred Lasdon in 1939. The main house of the estate was built in 1933 by Dr. Voislawsky after the original house was destroyed due to a fire. The house is modeled after George Washington’s home in Virginia. The Lasdon estate was simply used as a country retreat. The Lasdons had great interest in horticulture and loved to travel. Along these travels, they brought back many tree specimens and planted them at the estate.When William Lasdon died in 1986, Westchester County purchased the estate for $4.2 million. The county wanted to obtain this land in order to preserve the land and history of the area. Westchester County has been continuously developing and embellishing the collections on the property. Today, the garden is open to the public seven days a week. The garden hosts a variety of events such as, weddings, antique shows, flower exhibits, concerts, and horticulture courses.

There are many different influences shown at the Lasdon Arboretum. Many of the gardens and trails were created either by the Lasdons themselves, or created as a dedicaAzaleastion to their work and their love for horniculture. The Lasdons became wealthy after creating a major pharmaceutical company. This wealth gave William Lasdon the ability to import plants from all over the world. These foreign species of plants made the design of the garden very unique. There are other influences that are evident throughout the rest of the garden, like the influence of America’s past in the Historic Tree Trail and the county’s ties with Jingzhou, a city in the People’s Republic of China.

Among the most beautiful planting in the arboretum are the large azalea garden, the yellow magnolia grove, the extensive lilac and pine collections, and a flowering tree grove. Surrounding the arboretum is a pond and 200 acres of woodlands that contain many specimen trees and plantings that provide habitat for deer, coyote, fox, wild turkey and other native mammals. The oversized azalea garden contains hundreds of red, white, pink, magenta, yellow, and lavender azaleas that create a hillside of color in the spring. Next to the azalea garden is a dwarf conifer collection containing a variety of pines, spruces, firs, and cypresses. Most of Lasdon Park is natural forestlands. The combination of open land, wetland, streams, and mature trees makes excellent wildlife habitat for many species of birds and mammals.

PICTURES - Hudson River ValleyWilliam and Mildred Lasdon were well known philanthropists, founding the William & Mildred Lasdon Foundation, giving a great deal to medical research and the performing arts. Not only has the William & Mildred Lasdon Foundation continued to give well after the passing of Mr. and Mrs. Lasdon, but their daughter, Nanette Laitman, has also continued with the giving nature of the family. After the passing of her parents, Nanette Laitman funded the creation of a one-acre garden on the property, in remembrance of the Lasdons. The Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum volunteer organization was established in 1977 in hopes of preserving The Westchester County Parks Department when it’s funds were shrinking. This organization is run on pure philanthropic donations, hoping to better Westchester County parks.

Lasdon Park and Arboretum - Hudson River Valley
Lasdon Park and Arboretum is located in Somers, New York however it has a Katonah mailing address. Both towns and the county of Weschester take great pride of this magnificent garden. Lasdon Park and Arboretum is important to Westchester County servicemen and women who have served in various branches of the military. Located at the park there are four memorials to honor their service in the military. The four memorials are The Trail of Honor, The Korean War Memorial, The Westchester Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and The Merchant Marine Memorial. Other memorial parks located at Lasdon Park and Arboretum that honor and recognize the local area include the William and Mildred Lasdon Memorial Garden, The Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Cultural Garden, Ongoing Botanical, and The Mildred D. Lasdon Bird and Nature Sanctuary.

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