Hudson Valley, CT & Beyond Getaways
Untermyer Park and GardensYear-round
Open daily: 7:00-sunset, except New Year's Day, MLK Day, Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's birthday, Veterans Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Originally hailed by the national press as "America's Most Spectacular Garden" in the 1920's, Untermyer Gardens, located opposite the peak of the Palisades in Yonkers, is in the process of a major restoration. The Walled Garden, Temple of Love and the Vista are now brilliantly restored with sophisticated horticulture. The Walled Garden is the finest Persian garden in the Western Hemisphere. At the base of the Vista are two ancient Roman monolithic columns.
There is a major network of fountains and waterfalls. Other areas are being reclaimed from a state of ruin.
Samuel Untermyer was a nationally prominent lawyer and progressive, and was instrumental in economic reform in the 1910's. He was also the face of resistance to Adolph Hitler in the 1930's, leading the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League.
Take the Hudson Line to Greystone Station. Exit the station and walk along the short road which leads to Warburton Avenue, bearing right (south). Continue about a third of a mile until you see iron gates on the left. Go through the gates, walk up the carriage trail, cross the Old Croton Aqueduct and pass through inner gates into the garden. From there, either go right up a long carriage trail, or up the stairs, around the ruined gate house, and up a path to the lower gardens.
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