One of the glories of Untermyer Gardens is its underlying architecture. This is especially palpable in the Walled Garden during winter, when the trees, shrubs, and beds are largely bare. Fully revealed, the bones of the garden are quietly powerful. The rhythm of the evergreen hollies alongside the empty canals is offset by the vertical framework of the pale grey fastigiate beeches, while the ribbon-like paths are juxtaposed with the tall, crenellated walls. It is a geometric treat.
We have embarked on phase one of the restoration of the mile-long historic carriage trail, which has suffered severe storm damage. Missing sections of the gutters that flank the trail are being cast in concrete, and we have hired a company to investigate some of the terracotta drainage lines that have likely been clogged for more than 75 years. We hope they will lead to a still viable dry well or detention pond. These improvements will help protect the trail from future storm erosion. Ultimately, the restored trail will allow visitors to reach the bottom of the garden without climbing down hundreds of steps, greatly enhancing accessibility.