It was a joy to declare our first “snow day” after our recent six-inch snowfall. The garden looked magical, and a few inventive snowmen appeared, including one done in relief (it was a little too chilly to pack the snow easily).
When we did research on the garden in Samuel Untermyer’s day, we learned that what had been called in recent decades the Eagle’s Nest was originally named the Temple of Love, a more fitting and traditional description of this elegant temple and wrought-iron dome. Imagine our surprise when we recently discovered a photograph of this area from the 1930s with a statue of an eagle! Perhaps the later nickname arose from its brooding presence.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy