ArbNet Accreditation
We are proud to announce, Bayard Cutting Arboretum has been awarded a Level 4 Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. We are also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
We are so proud to receive the highest level of recognition. Currently, there are only 31 internationally accredited level 4 arboreta. We have actively worked towards satisfying the rigorous criteria for years, so the staff is incredibly thrilled to be recognized for all their hard work.

-Joy Arden, GIS Specialist
CSA Farm Shares
We have spots left in our CSA Program! Become a member of Bayard Cutting CSA Farm today!

We are a 2.5-acre organic CSA farm located in what used to be the cow pasture of the Bayard Cutting Estate. We have been in operation since 2012 and we are looking to invite you to support us and eat local.

Please visit for more information!
Vegetable Shares

Full Share: $800 for the season
Weekly pickup
Half Share: $400 for the season
Biweekly pickup
Beef Shares
Partnering with Acabonac Farms in Amagansett to provide local grass-fed beef shares as an add-on! 4 Pickup days in June-September.

Burger Box: $274.12 for the season
Each pickup is 5 lbs of ground beef plus 3.75 lbs of burgers (equating to ten burgers).
Steak and Burger Box: $384.03 for the season
Each pickup is 3 lbs of ground beef, plus 2.25 lbs of burgers (equating to six burgers), plus 1 lb of NY Strip, and 1 lb of Ribeye Steak.
If you would like to sign up or have questions regarding CSA Membership, please contact the farm manager, Dana Fernandez at

*Please note that we do not accept checks. If you would like to become a member, you must sign-up through our Donorperfect links*
Sign-ups close May 1st so claim your spot as soon as possible!
Fireplaces in the Manor House
Bayard Cutting’s addition of many exquisite antique features of Westbrook, including its fireplaces and dark oak paneling, were purchased from great European estates. These imported accent pieces pre-date the Victorian Era house by a few hundred years. The mantel in the dining room is from a French chateau and was bought from Duveen of London in 1887. The fireplace surrounds appear to be from the 1400's, as shown by the Roman Numeral Date MCCCC carved just below the crest.

The Arboretum staff remains hard at work in the Manor House with room-by-room restoration projects. They have recently set their sights on deep cleaning the Dining Room – including restoring the fireplace to its original luster. The dining room fireplace is one of 22 located in the Manor House, with the largest and most ornate one of these found in the entrance hall. 
After time, the cast iron cover became rusty and dull. Armed with steel wool (triple 000 does the trick), determination, and loads of elbow grease, we set to work to scrub off years of rust. Next, we used a dry brush (as well as a box of Q-Tips for those hard to reach spots) to apply stove polish. Buffing with a soft towel and bristle brush revealed its provincial details and restored its once luxurious matte black finish. The intense cleaning of both the fire back and irons showcase their bold carved figures.
Although the Cutting family’s country home was primarily occupied in the summer, they did have occasion to enjoy Christmas holidays here. While the home was heated by steam, it’s not hard to imagine the comfort and cheer they must have enjoyed from a lovely fire. 
-Lee Kennedy and M. Valentin
Staff Photo of the Month
Jenna Zier, Horticulturist

Botanical: Magnolia salicifolia
Common: Anise Magnolia
Accession: 1989-OP563

You can find this beautiful, fragrant Magnolia at the entrance of the Old Pinetum, near the Holly Walk.

Upcoming Event
Cost per person: $40 (50% going to BCA Natural Heritage Trust Fund)
For more info and to sign up: Wild Heart Nature Connection
Attendance is capped at 10. Masks required.
Help Support Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Tax deductible donations can also be made by check payable to
Natural Heritage Trust and mailed to
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, PO Box 907, Great River, NY 11739