Of course we love NYC’s botanical gardens, but one very under-rated outdoor treasure is the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy…
Though it’s technically not within the five boroughs, it’s right outside them! In Yonkers, NY.
This stunning green space is overflowing with a wide variety of plants and flowers across 43 acres, and has a very rich history. It began as a mansion that was built in 1865 and then passed through owners over the years. In 1916, then-owner Samuel J. Untermyer commissioned a well-known architect and landscape designer to create the “finest garden in the world” on its grounds.
The space was passed onto the city of Yonkers as a public park in 1946, and though it fell into disrepair over the years, it is now a thriving botanical space for all of the public to enjoy.
Stroll through the stunning “Walled Garden,” which was inspired by the ancient Indo-Persian gardens…
Or take in the beautiful views at the “Vista,” which was modeled after stairs at the Villa D’Este in Italy.
Or, take photos under the romantic “Temple of Love,” overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades.
No matter where you turn, you’ll be immediately transported out of the city!
Untermyer Gardens is located at 945 North Broadway in Yonkers, NY. It’s currently open daily from 9am until 4pm. And is completely free!
All visitors must wear masks, and follow arrows that indicate one-way paths.
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featured image source: Facebook / Untermyer Gardens