Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
You know the feeling of being overwhelmed by a Sisyphean task, not knowing how it will end, such as moving to a new domicile? I feel as though we are just past midway through the process here at Untermyer, with certain areas of the garden looking great but others only beginning to emerge. The big picture is hazy but increasingly discernible. More bones are coming into view, and new connections are beginning to bring the whole together.
For instance, with the removal of the old deer fence below the Walled Garden, we can now make out a walk through the lilac beds. Previously inaccessible, the curves of the beds and pathway are beautiful. The once shabby but historic Japanese maples from Samuel Untermyer’s day have been skillfully pruned, and their elegant structure helps to define the area. Let’s call it the Lilac Walk.
Our Head Gardener, Timothy Tilghman, has recruited two new greeters for our walled garden: two black kittens who are outstandingly friendly and sport Persian names: Anar (pomegranate) and Chenar (sycamore).
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy