Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
Welcome to the gardeners' annual takeover! While Steve our president is away from his computer, we will share some of our favorite happenings from the gardens.
One of the projects we are excited about is the reclamation of Untermyer's original Gatehouse. The roofless shell of the two-story building, now visible below the Vista, just off the Old Croton Aqueduct in the northwest corner of the garden, has been in ruins for decades and so overgrown as to be nearly forgotten.
The existing soil within its walls was hopelessly contaminated with trash and countless broken bottles. We intend to cultivate an overgrown garden interiorscape in the open-air structure, so we decided to remove the existing soil and replace it with topsoil and our own compost. Because of its location in steep terrain, we were unable to use machines to remove the soil, and our entire horticulture staff dug out 20 yards of glassy soil by hand!