October 5, 2022

Celebrating Mehregan at Untermyer Gardens

The next time you're in the New York City area, I encourage you to visit Untermyer Gardens.

Last weekend, I attended a Mehregan gala, an ancient Persian harvest fair, hosted by the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. The event was a fundraiser honoring celebrated photographer Firooz Zahedi. The evening included delicious Persian foods, music, dancing, and a performance by Iranian singing star, Sattar. Untermyer Gardens is an historic 43-acre park located in Yonkers, New York, not far from my home. The gardens were named after lawyer and civic leader, Samuel Untermyer, who purchased the original land from former New York State Governor, Samuel Tilden, in 1899. During the first 40-years of the 20th century, Untermyer, who was passionately interested in horticulture, developed the property with help from architect, Welles Bosworth, and made it one of the finest private gardens of its time. Today, the gardens continue to be lovingly revived and restored by the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.

Enjoy these photos.