Untermyer Gardens Announces $125,000 Grant for Restoration Efforts

Assemblymember Shelley Mayer was honored at the End of Summer Garden Party for her efforts in securing a substantial grant for the Untermyer Gardens' restoration efforts
September 11, 2017

From left: Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino; Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (AD-90, Yonkers); Stephen Byrns, President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy; and Chuck Lesnick.

Yonkers, NY Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), in collaboration with Stephen Byrns, Founder and President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy announced on Saturday, September 9, 2017 during the End of Summer Garden Party the securing of a $125,000 grant which will go toward restoring the Rock Garden at the Untermyer Gardens.

The Rock Garden is an important feature which connects the two most famous parts of Untermyer Gardens, the Walled Garden and the Temple of Love. At their peak in the 1930s, the Untermyer Gardens were among the most celebrated in the world for their exuberant horticulture and magnificent landscape. After the death of their founder and chief patron, Samuel Untermyer, the gardens fell into disrepair for many decades. The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy has made great strides in restoring the gardens since they began their work in 2011. Due to extreme overgrowth from the surrounding vegetation, the Rock Garden was only discovered through the work of Stephen Byrns.

"I am glad to be able to secure this grant for the Untermyer Gardens' restoration efforts. These gardens are a true treasure that we have here in the City of Yonkers, appreciated throughout the world. Restoration of the Rock Garden will complete the missing piece of the puzzle between the Walled Garden and the Temple of Love," said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer. "Stephen Byrns and the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy have been doing tremendous work in restoring the gardens to the marvel they once were. This grant contributes to the funding to restore Untermyer Gardens to one of the finest in the world."

"Assemblymember Shelley Mayer has been a steadfast supporter of the Untermyer Gardens, and this grant will open up another part of this ravishing landscape, which is drawing national attention," said Stephen Byrns, President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.

The Untermyer Gardens are available for a visit seven days a week from 7:00 A.M. until 45 minutes before sunset. The Walled Garden is closed on major holidays from November until the end of March. More information can be found on their website.