Untermyer Gardens: A Hidden Paradise in Westchester County

Tucked within the historic Persian-Indo walls, this awe-inspiring garden is renowned as one of the finest in the world.

Nikita Ramos

Jul 6, 2023, 12:56 PM

Updated 328 days ago

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Embarking on a Road Trip: Close to Home to Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers is akin to embarking on a journey around the world or experiencing a glimpse of paradise.
Tucked within the historic Persian-Indo walls, this awe-inspiring garden is renowned as one of the finest in the world.
"Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers feels, looks, and even smells like what most would imagine heaven to be like," shares Stephen Byrns, president of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.
The inspiration behind this utopian Walled Garden stems from the Garden of Eden, as described in the Book of Genesis. Byrns explains, "There are canals that run along the paths, which crisscross each other and symbolize four rivers in paradise."
The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, led by Stephen Byrns himself, has skillfully blended horticulture and architecture, creating a captivating fusion of colors and cultures. Byrns notes, "What's interesting is that the basic design and layout and concept of the garden is Indo-Persian, but there's sort of an overlay of Greco-Roman, so it is sort of like east meets west."
One of the most breathtaking highlights of the garden is the Vista. Modeled after the Villa d'Este in Lake Como, Italy, the Vista showcases cascading steps that lead to the picturesque palisades and the Hudson River, framed by a pair of ancient Roman columns.
Further exploration along luscious green trails unveils the enchanting Temple of Love, a garden treasure that invites tranquility and serenity. The harmonious symphony of cascading waterfalls and vibrant flora creates a captivating natural tapestry, solidifying Untermyer Gardens as a true gem of the Hudson Valley.
"This is a world-class garden that will blow you away, I guarantee it," enthuses Byrns.
Admission to Untermyer Gardens is free, and donations are greatly appreciated to support the continuous blooming and maintenance of this remarkable sanctuary.
Embarking on a visit to Untermyer Gardens is akin to embarking on a journey around the world or experiencing a glimpse of paradise. The serenity and beauty of this hidden oasis leave an indelible mark on all who have the privilege of visiting.


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