Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens:
Our winter lecture, "Untermyer Gardens: From Pompeii to Paradise -- Uncovering a Great American Garden," will take place on Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 pm. It will be presented by our head gardener, Timothy Tilghman.
When Samuel Untermyer died in 1940, the garden went into limbo until 1946, when the City of Yonkers accepted 16 acres as a public park. During the 1960s, it became a hippie hangout, with Frisbees, guitars, drugs, and a visit by John Lennon.
Since 2011, collaborating with the City of Yonkers, the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy has undertaken a dramatic restoration of the garden. Tilghman's lecture will focus on the dramatic story of how what was once called "America's Most Spectacular Garden" declined and was reborn. Like Pompeii, much has been uncovered, with fascinating discoveries along the way.
Tickets, costing $15, are available here and should be reserved in advance. The lecture will be held at
By special arrangement, the magnificent sanctuary will be open from 5:45 to 6:00 so that you can see one of the greatest Tiffany interiors in America.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy