Dear Friends of the Persian Garden,
Shadi Mirfendereski and Robert Sheybani's favorite poem by Omar Khayyam is about what people nowadays call “mindfulness” and the idea of living in the present. As we approach a historic presidential election at the same time we are living through a pandemic, on first glance this seems like bad advice. But it isn't. It asks the reader to focus on the here and now, to let the clamor of the news fade into the background and to appreciate the individual moments of our existence.
A Persian garden can provide a peaceful oasis in a troubled world: a glimpse of paradise. It is especially important right now that the gardens are open to visitors -- anyone can come, take a walk at Untermyer Park and Gardens, and let its beauty and peace settle on them. We welcome you to visit and share this experience. The gardens are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with timed admission and Covid precautions; tickets are available for each week starting on Tuesdays at 8 am. For a more in depth introduction to the gardens, join Untermyer Gardens Conservancy President Stephen F. Byrns on Saturday, October 31 at 10:00AM for a tour of the gardens to learn about their past, present and future. Tickets are available on the Untermyer website.