Excursion to Historic Estate Gardens of the Lower Hudson Valley
Often called "one of the greatest living works of art," Wave Hill is a spectacular public garden and cultural center overlooking the majestic Hudson River and Palisades in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. A short ride farther north along the Hudson River, Untermyer Gardens boasts America's greatest forgotten estate garden, featuring a walled garden based on the Indo-Persian gardens of antiquity. Experience these hidden gems on the Hudson River on a day filled with history, beauty, serenity, and much more. Start the day at Wave hill with Garden and Gallery tours. Truly immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant colors of the garden and contemporary art exhibits. Savor a buffet lunch of sandwiches, salads, beverages and desserts in historic Wave Hill House. Then spend the afternoon at Untermyer Gardens, with its magnificent horticulture, architecture, and fountains. On your tour, you'll learn the fascinating history of Samuel Untermyer.
Wave Hill Garden & Gallery Tour
Your Wave Hill visit will begin with a Garden Tour of Wave Hill's vibrant yet intimate 28-acre landscape. A Wave Hill Garden Guide walks you through an overview of our carefully cultivated gardens and extensive collection of rare and unusual plants, focusing on seasonal highlights. The Tour will include the history of the estate and of luminaries such as the Perkins family, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt and Arturo Toscanini, who helped shape Wave Hill as we know it today. Your visit will end with an insightful Gallery Tour of cutting-edge contemporary artwork at Glyndor Gallery. A Curatorial Fellow will showcase the work of both emerging and established artists in a unique environment, through exhibitions that explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site.
Untermyer Gardens is perched above the Hudson River on 43 acres in Yonkers. It was built in 1917 by Samuel Untermyer, the pioneering lawyer and reformer, and designed by the famed architect William Welles Bosworth. Your tour will explore the gardens' exuberant horticulture and distinctive architecture and give you a historical perspective on Untermyer and his wife Minnie, who played an influential role in New York's cultural scene. It will describe the Conservancy's dramatic restoration of the gardens, begun in 2011 following decades of neglect, as well as future plans. The gardens' design, specific plants, and plant combinations will also be discussed. This 90-minute tour is led by docents, who can tailor it to a group's particular interests.
$95 per person
Net Pricing available
Hot Lunch Buffet add $20 per person
2-hour Shuttle Service available for an additional fee (from Wave Hill to Untermyer. Following Untermyer Tour, from Untermyer to Public Transportation (NYC Subway 1 Train or Metro North).
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