Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
If you are Persian, know that the Walled Garden speaks to a heritage at least 2,500 years old.
If you are Christian, know that it symbolizes the concept of Paradise, a shared concept of the three Abrahamic religions.
If you are Jewish, know that Samuel Untermyer was one of the most prominent Jews in the United States during his lifetime (1858-1940) and the face of resistance to Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1938.
If you are Muslim, know that the Walled Garden is the finest Persian garden in the Western Hemisphere. This garden typology spread throughout the Muslim world over a period of 1,000 years.
If you are Indian, know that Untermyer's layout is similar to that of the Taj Mahal's garden.
If you are Pakistani, know that Untermyer's water slot in the amphitheater is based on the one at Shalimar in Lahore.
If you are Palestinian, know that Samuel Untermyer, while supporting the creation of the State of Israel, showed a sensitive concern about the Palestinian people.
If you are an architect (or Greek), revel in the display of ancient and Hellenistic architecture in the Walled Garden: Mycenean, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.
If you are interested in human rights, be grateful for the activism and support of women's suffrage by Samuel and Minnie Untermyer.
If you like avant-garde culture, you will appreciate Minnie Untermyer's love of modern dance (Isadora Duncan), modern music (Gustav Mahler), and poetry.
If you live in or come from Yonkers, you know that your hometown is a special place, where diversity is a fact of life and the resulting interaction, while not always easy, can be a very good thing.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy
P.S. Here is information on our Winter Lecture on March 30!