Untermyer: a Garden for the World
With Stephen F. Byrns, President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy
Monday, April 1
6 – 8 pm
Untermyer Gardens sits perched above the Hudson River on 43 acres in Yonkers. It was built in 1917 by Samuel Untermyer, a lawyer, reformer, and human rights advocate, who desired that it be the “finest garden in the world.” The garden was famous in its heyday and in the 1920s was called the most spectacular garden in America. Thirty thousand people visited it on one day in 1939. Among the garden’s most notable features is the finest Persian garden in the Western Hemisphere with four crisscrossing canals that symbolize the four rivers of paradise; the Vista, a breathtaking staircase leading down to an overlook with two ancient Roman columns; and the Temple of Love, a stunning, rocky temple atop dramatic cascading waterfalls.
The lecture will examine the magnificent design of the garden, the fascinating history of Samuel and Minnie Untermyer, and the story of the garden’s periods of glory, ruin, and rebirth. The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Stephen F. Byrns. The Conservancy collaborates with the City of Yonkers to facilitate the restoration of Samuel Untermyer’s gardens in Yonkers, New York.