You would think this gorgeous garden landscape was somewhere far away and exotic- in Turkey, or Italy, or Greece.
Believe it or not, it’s in New York.
Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, developed by Samuel Untermyer in 1912, once included 60 gardeners, 60 greenhouses and 150 acres of land.
Untermyer was a corporate lawyer with a taste for grandeur. In 1912 he commissioned Beaux-Arts architect William Welles Bosworth to design these Persian gardens for him and his wife Millie. They were a major and awe-inspiring tourist attraction.
After Untermyer died in 1940, the garden paradise fell into disrepair. It was discovered in a state of near-ruin by nonprofit Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, now looking to restore the landscape to its former glory.
“America’s Greatest Forgotten Garden” is breathtaking, but it’s still a hike to find. Nestled among trees, weeds, and overgrowth, you’re going to need long sleeves and tennis shoes to get there.
You can take the Metro North railroad to Yonkers and the gardens are within a 30-minute hike of the train station.
The experience of hiking through dense and brush-covered trails, only to stumble upon a scene like this, is priceless.