Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
Last year, we mourned the loss of the major oak that had provided most of the shade for the Shade Garden south of the Temple of Love. As it fell, its tip glanced across the temple itself, which was thankfully spared. It then rolled down the hill, bouncing over our wonderful new plantings, most of which miraculously survived. While we have removed 99% of the tree, the stump and its root flare remain at the bottom of the border. Ferns and other plants have grown up around it, providing a glimpse in miniature of what our future Stumpery at the lower switchback may look like, multiplied by 100, say, in 2023?
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy