Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens:
To be honest, there isn't a lot of horticultural news to share, so here is some very interesting history.
Wallace Mersereau, a friend of the Conservancy in California, tells us that Walter Schott, a leading German sculptor in the early 20th century, was a good friend of the American dancer Isadora Duncan. Around 1901, he made some small sculptures of the dancing Isadora.
Schott was also the sculptor around 1910 of the Three Dancing Maidens, the beautiful bronze sculpture that Samuel Untermyer bought on a trip to Berlin. It first stood in the main entrance fountain at Greystone, his mansion in Yonkers. After his death, his children gave it to the City of New York in 1947, and it is a highlight of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy