This virtual lecture will describe the creation and design of Untermyer Gardens in 1917 by Wells Bosworth for Samuel Untermyer, who desired that it be the "finest garden in the world". Sprawling over 150 acres on the Hudson River in Yonkers, it was maintained by 60 gardeners and supplied by 60 greenhouses. Owned by the City of Yonkers, the garden was in very poor condition and little known until the establishment of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in 2011 by Stephen Byrns. Since then, seven gardeners have been hired, 75,000 visitors came in 2018 and many features of the garden have been restored.
The lecture contains beautiful photos of the garden in its heyday, its descent into ruin, and its rebirth. Hosted on Zoom; free and open to all. Register here: https://bit.ly/3xJIy7j.
This program is a collaboration between The Field Library of Peekskill and the Putnam Valley Library.
* Please note registration will be handled by the Putnam Valley Library.
For additional information about the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, visit https://www.untermyergardens.org/.