Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
Samuel Untermyer was a man for the people, which was proved again and again in his advocacy of economic reform and women’s suffrage and against Nazism. He also opened his private garden to the public one day a week for 25 years, an act of exceptional generosity.
If you look at the cost of visiting nearby public gardens, you will see admission fees of $28, $15, and $10 per person. There is no admission fee to Untermyer Gardens, once called the most spectacular garden in America. Our revenues derive primarily from voluntary donations, which we use prudently to care for and improve the garden. The results are enjoyed by more than 75,000 visitors annually who have made the garden the top destination in Westchester County.
This year, with the support of many friends and the hard work of our gardeners, we introduced three new gardens! A bubbling Rock and Stream Garden has transformed a barren hillside; a Ruin Garden of shade-loving plants thrives in the salvaged Gate House; and a Rhododendron Walk, created by our first summer interns, guides visitors to and from the Gate House.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy
P.S. As a reminder, if you are 70½ or older it may be advantageous to consider a gift to the Conservancy through your IRA.