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Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

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Garden of Eden in Yonkers

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Parks and Gardens, Historic Site & Museum

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Written by Steve Zeitlin

Originally published in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Vol. 40, Fall-Winter 2014

Wandering through the Garden of Eden, looking for the Temple of Love, Victoria and I strayed from the beaten path. Victoria is a friend of my daughter and was visiting from New Orleans, staying with our family in Westchester while she attended an art opening that included her work in Manhattan. She had a few hours to kill before her flight. She is a naturalist, and I decided to take her to one of my favorite places in all New York State, Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers.

Samuel Untermyer purchased what was then the Greystone Estate in 1899, and in 1915, he hired William Welles Bosworth, a École des Beaux Arts-trained architect and landscape designer, to create the “greatest gardens in the world.” The centerpiece is the Walled Persian Garden, inspired by...

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Steve Zeitlin

It may be Yonkers, but it’s as close as you’ll get to the Garden of Eden. (April 2015)

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