Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
I was walking along the new Rock and Stream Garden and saw a small branch emerging from a bellflower. Thinking it had fallen from a tree and wanting to free it from the flower, I tried to pluck it gently but discovered that it was firmly planted in the ground. Eureka, this was another example of Timothy Tilghman’s refined gardening, which, following the English tradition, supports delicate flower stalks with natural materials, not ugly stakes or cages. It’s called “brushing up” plants.
One of the huge improvements that you will notice when we reopen is our new parking lot. Located in a little-known area to the left as you enter, it curves around a beautiful rock formation anchored by a majestic oak tree. This was made possible by the City of Yonkers, and we are very grateful to have this attractive and much needed amenity.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy