Pruyn Gardens & Arboretum

Pruyn Sanctuary's butterfly and hummingbird garden and new "Plants for Birds" garden offer you beautiful displays of native plants that benefit local wildlife.

These small demonstration gardens are set within the two-acre Pruyn Arboretum featuring over 20 species of native trees and shrubs. What was once all mown grass in the arboretum is now a native meadow. The Pruyn Sanctuary gardens and arboretum may be accessed from the main entrance of Pruyn Sanctuary along Route 133-Millwood Road, three miles east of Millwood.

The best time to view butterflies is on warm, sunny summer days around noon.

The Pruyn Arboretum and gardens are maintained by a group of volunteers and your help would be welcomed! SMRA is grateful to Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County for making our gardens an official project for their Master Gardeners.

Pruyn Sanctuary was established through the generosity of Dr. F. Morgan and Agnes Pruyn. [pronounced Prine].

All of our sanctuaries are open to visitors free of charge, seven days a week, dawn to dusk. Please contact our office if you want to bring a group to one of our sanctuaries.

With advance notice, we may be able to provide your group with a guided tour. Even if your group wishes to visit without a guide, please contact us in advance. For the best possible experience for your group, we want to ensure that your visit does not coincide with another group's visit.

Our sanctuaries are maintained by a part-time caretaker and by volunteers on trail maintenance days. We are also grateful for the continuing oversight of our sanctuary neighbors to let us know about sanctuary concerns and observations. Volunteer Trail Walkers also monitor our sanctuaries.

Saw Mill River Audubon is committed to protecting and restoring the native habitats at Pruyn Sanctuary for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.

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Native plants like Bee-Balm provide hummingbirds with nectar.

Native plants like this purple coneflower are necessary for the survival of native butterflies, like this great spangled fritillary.

Different butterflies rely upon specific native plants for nectar sources as adults and for food as caterpillars. Orange milkweed, or buterfly weed shown here, benefits fritillaries and monarch butterflies. Plant native plants and help ensure the survival of native butterflies!