News Post - JPW

Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York

Experiencing the creativity of others is one way to re-envision our own. As I work on my garden’s vistas—the hallway, the main axis, the cross paths—the vistas of others bring in new perspectives, literally as well as conceptually.

Below is the exhilarating cascade of steps at the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, overlooking the Hudson River & its palisades. Talk about saying “See you & raise you” to the inherent drama of the setting!

Constructed in 1916, this vista was itself inspired by another: the cascading steps of the Villa d’Este overlooking Lake Como.

Samuel Untermyer was a fabulously wealthy lawyer in the early decades of the last century, and at his enormous estate overlooking the Hudson he intended to create nothing less than the finest garden in the world. In the Twenties & Thirties, it may well have been. Ah, the days of a gardening staff of sixty.

Miraculously, many acres of the gardens survive, at least in layout. They are in the midst of unstinting hardscape & horticultural reinvigoration as part of what is now the forty-three acre Untermyer Park.

The park & gardens are open to the public.