Lasdon Park, Somers

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Lasdon Park and Arboretum is a public park containing gardens and an arboretum . It is located on New York State Route 35, Somers, New York, and open to the public daily without charge.
Originally called Cobbling Rock Farm, the property was purchased by William and Mildred Lasdon in 1939. The Lasdon family had a keen interest in horticulture and imported many tree specimens to the estate. In 1986 Westchester County purchased the property.
The park contains woodlands, an open grass meadow, and formal gardens with flower and shrub specimens from all over the world. It also contains a Chinese Friendship Pavilion as gift from the People’s Republic of China to the citizens of Westchester.
Arboretum - The arboretum consists of woodlands, open grass meadows and formal gardens featuring trees, shrubs, and flowers from around the world. The arboretum includes extensive lilac and pine collections, a large azalea garden, a yellow magnolia grove, and a flowering tree grove. Surrounding the arboretum is a pond and 200acre of woodlands that contain many specimen trees and plantings. Azalea Garden - a large garden with hundreds of red, white, pink, magenta, yellow, and lavender azaleas, with small ponds and waterfalls. Dwarf Conifer Collection - a variety of dwarf pine, spruce, fir, and cypress. Magnolias - various magnolia species, including several rare yellow specimens developed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the 1950s. Famous and Historic Tree Trail - species that commemorate historic events and famous Americans. At each station, one can read about a famous person or event to which the parent tree was witness. William and Mildred Lasdon Memorial Garden - an entrance court with a fragrance garden; a formal garden with boxwood hedges, heather, flowering annuals and bulbs, and a central fountain; and a synoptic garden featuring hundreds of shrubs whose names represent every letter in the alphabet, from "A" through "Z" . Mildred D. Lasdon Bird and Nature Sanctuary Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Cultural Garden - a pavilion given by Westchester's Sister City, Jingzhou in the People's Republic of China, within a young Chinese-style garden with plantings including bamboo and Kousa dogwood, pond, and a stone dust pathway. American chestnuts - Since 1992 when a 3acre grove of rare American chestnut trees was discovered at the arboretum, Westchester County has been working with The American Chestnut Foundation to develop a disease-resistant form of this tree. An additional 5acre collects chestnuts from around the United States for use in ongoing genetic research. Dogwoods - more than 80 dogwood trees from around the world, part of a research project to combat dogwood diseases.
Use our Somers visit website to arrange your visit to Lasdon Park and other attractions in Somers.
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  • I've know about this place for a while now but never made the time to make a trip...until last week. I made the 50-minute drive up from the Bronx on a Friday morning. I arrived late morning and there....  more »
  • Very nice place to get outside for a while, with lots of different areas to walk around. Dinosaur trail is great for kids, and the Japanese Garden was great for a nice little scenic walk, although it....  more »
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  • Always a pleasure to visit. The expansion of the War Memorial to include Dogs was very well done. The Westchester County Parks Department does a great job, but they need to think about replacing the worn out internal combustion engine maintenance vehicles with electric powered or newer less polluting models. The lingering smell of exhaust in such a beautiful outdoor space was disconcerting and very unpleasant.
  • Lovely tree and flower park and gardens. We took wonderful walks through the chinese garden and pond area. There is a small veterans museum that has some brief but insightful history of the Spanish American war. The original house looks beautiful in a southern style. The highlights were all of the fantastic flowers. We will be back a month earlier next year to catch more of the spring blossoms.
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