1 This photo was taken outside the Walled Garden. The walls are crenellated and faced with stucco in a diamond pattern. Here you can see one of the four octagonal towers that anchor the walls at each corner. The Walled Garden owes its inspiration to the great Indo-Persian gardens of antiquity.
2 The Chairman of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, Stephen Byrns, welcomed us to the gardens on a beautiful sunny morning. The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is a non-profit organization that is facilitating the restoration of the gardens.
3 A bas-relief of Artemis by the sculptor Ulric Henry Ellerhusen guards the gate to the Walled Gardens. Ellerhusen (1879–1957) was a German-American sculptor and teacher best known for his architectural sculpture.
4 One of the octagonal corner towers in the Walled Garden is matched by the columnar sweet gums that flank it.
5 Like the great, ancient Indo-Persian gardens, the Walled Garden is divided into quadrants by waterways. This is a view from the amphitheater in the Walled Garden which shows the long canal beds planted with bright marigolds. These beds change every year when the gardeners choose new annual plantings.
6 Long rows of columnar beeches, Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck' line the outside of the paths running the length of the canals in the Walled Garden.
7 The wide marble fountain basin spills into the central canal in the Walled Garden. The quiet sound of the water reinforces the feeling of peace in this garden.
8 The gardens at Greystone were appointed with Greek-inspired elements including the Temple of the Sky, a roofless circle of Corinthian columns.
9 Here is a closeup shot of the Temple of the Sky's Corinthian columns.
10 This is the sadly crumbling mosaic floor of the reflecting pool below the Temple of the Sky. The mosaic is studded with depictions of various sea creatures including star fish, squid, lobster, crab, and fish.
11 Stewart Molina, a seasonal worker in the gardens, adjusts the position of an aquatic plant in the large reflecting pool in the Walled Garden. Behind him is the amphitheater - where guests could be entertained by dancers, musicians or poets.
12 The beautiful mosaic floor of the amphitheater stage was based on an ancient fresco found in Albania.
13 The reflecting pool in front of the amphitheater.
14 The plantings that line the reflecting pool include lime green coleus, chartreuse sweet potato vines, and Marigold 'Durango Yellow', among others.
15 Two sphinxes by noted Art Deco sculptor Paul Manship (famous for Prometheus Unbound at Rockefeller Center) sit atop cippolino marble columns guarding the amphitheater in the Walled Garden.
16 This is a closer shot of one of the sphinxes by sculptor Paul Manship.
17 A collection of pots of banana in the amphitheater.
18 This is one of the loggias that flank the amphitheater in the Walled Garden. Potted canna "orange punch' with sweet potato vines can be seen to the right.
19 The stairs leading down to the lower terrace of the Walled Garden.
20 This is an interior shot of the Walled Garden with a young evergreen tree called Cedrus deodara 'Aurea' in the foreground.
21 Plantings along the southwest wall of the Walled Garden include: Prunus laurocerasus, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Hydrangea anomala 'Petiolaris' and the wonderful pink of Chelone lyonii 'Hotlips'.
22 Two varieties of Parthenocissus climb a wall in the Walled Garden: Parthenocissus henryana (Silvervein Creeper) and Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Fenway Park'. Fenway Park gets it name from where the Boston ivy cultivar was originally collected!
23 The trunk of a mature katsura or Cercidiphyllum japonicum has a lovely braided pattern.
24 Here is a closeup of the beautiful bark of the mature katsura tree.
25 Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly' is covered with bright purple flowers and hosts a flying party of bees and butterflies.
26 This is the Vista. It was modeled on a similar series of descending stairs at the Villa D'Este in Italy. At the Villa D'Este, the stairs descend toward Lake Como while at Untermyer, they cascade toward the Hudson River.
27 Stephen Byrns showed me a photo of the now demolished Italian-style, terraced vegetable gardens.
28 This is one of the color gardens. The color gardens were once terraced monochromatic gardens that were planted down the hill alongside the Vista. Now all that remains are two that have not yet been restored.
29 This is a newspaper clipping from 1939 about the day when 30,000 people visited Untermyer's Gardens to see his chrysanthemum display.
30 These 2,000-year-old Roman columns are made of cipplolino marble. They are at the overlook at the bottom of the Vista.
31 This is a closeup shot of one of the 2,000-year-old Roman marble columns.
32 Looking up the Vista from the overlook.
33 Looking up at the Temple of Love, a rocky folly that Untermyer may have had constructed for his daughter's wedding. The Temple of Love was created by Charles Davite, a Genoese stone mason.
34 Here's a closer look at the Temple of Love. Many of the rocks are hollowed out to form planters, and in Samuel Untermyer's time, the entire creation was elaborately planted. There are three bridges in the rough stone and a small seating area with a rough hewn stone bench.
35 This is the wrought iron ceiling of the Temple of Love. John Lennon was once photographed here!
36 A gorgeous view of the Hudson River and the palisades.
37 We finished our tour with another view of the walls of the Walled Garden.