Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens:
I am pleased to report that on April 29, Stephen Byrns, our president, received the Historic Preservation Medal from the Garden Club of America at its annual convention in San Francisco. The GCA is one of the leading garden groups in the country, so it was an honor, and I would add a well-deserved one, for Steve to receive this award, which is given every few years "for outstanding work in the field of preservation and restoration of historic gardens of national significance." The press release reported that "it's a fortuitous congruence that a person of Byrns' intellect, training, aesthetic sensibilities and professional experience should come across such a place and dedicate himself to its resurrection." Below is a photograph of all the Garden Club of America honorees, including former First Lady Laura Bush.
Ann E. Carmel
Chair, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy