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Untermyer Gardens - a beautiful public park in the City of Yonkers

Updated: May 24, 2020

I recently took a virtual tour of Untermyer Gardens and was blown away by its beauty and history.

Untermyer Gardens are the formal gardens designed for Samuel Untermyer's Greystone Estate in Yonkers in 1916. Over the next forty years, Untermyer transformed the 165 acre gardens and greenhouses into some of the most celebrated gardens in America. It was open to the public on a weekly basis during the 1920’s and '30’s - boasting as many as thirty-thousand people visits on one day in 1939. However, through the 70s, the once celebrated garden became dilapidated and filled with graffiti and litter. Over the years, restoration attempts were made but none were successful until Steve F. Byrns created a Conservancy in 2011 and in partnership with the City of Yonkers, gave the once-great garden a second life. It has been restored into the lush cliffside Persian Gardens "paradise" it was once famous for.

Untermyer Gardens offers gardening volunteer hours. This is a potential site to get involved in volunteer work in the future. If interested in joining, please get in touch with us!

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