Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
One question is often raised: "What do the gardeners do in the winter?" With a landscape that has been long neglected, there is plenty to do! A recent project was the removal of a redundant, dilapidated deer fence west of the Walled Garden. This simple job has revealed a thrilling new view and approach to our evolving Lilac Walk, next to Samuel Untermyer's ancient Japanese maples. This whole area was previously inaccessible.
The returns are in: Last year we raised the bar yet higher in the number of donations from our many friends. We received recordable donations from 1,071 people, up by 29 percent from 829 in 2017. With no admission charge to the garden, this support is vital to us.
Our Board of Directors continues to evolve, and we welcomed Harris Lirtzman and Edward Sabol, both Yonkers residents, as new members in 2018. Their energy and interest in the garden will enrich our progress. We extend grateful thanks to Larry Feldman and Josyane Colwell, departing Board members who were early and strong supporters of the garden.
Our Walled Garden was a world-famous sensation before World War II. Of course, we know that it is a Persian garden, part of the richest vein of garden types going back thousands of years. What is less well known is that India has possibly the finest collection of Persian gardens, most of them built during the Mughal Empire. In its heyday (1508-1658), it was the largest economic and manufacturing power in the world.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy