Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens:
In these tumultuous times, one thing comes to mind: "It is necessary to cultivate our garden." This was the concluding sentiment of Voltaire's Candide. Despite all the vicissitudes in life, it important to focus on the particulars of our existence and to practice doing the best we can with our lot.
How grateful I am that we are literally "cultivating our garden" here at Untermyer Gardens. So many people come here to enrich their lives with the natural, horticultural, and even spiritual beauty of this place. We see the garden as a healing place that showcases and brings together the diversity of our world. This is enormously rewarding for us.
The biggest thrill of the past few weeks has been the first intensive planting at the Temple of Love. More than 800 plants were carefully placed in newly enriched soil just south of the Temple. Head Gardener Timothy Tilghman and Horticultural Advisor Marco Polo Stufano have installed a magnificent horticultural display that will only improve as it grows up in the next few years.
Himalayan maidenhair fern, yellow sambucus, rodgersia, upside-down ferns, and astilboides, among many other plants, form a rich palette against the stark rocks that have been languishing against weeds for decades.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy