Another four great private gardens in Westchester will be open on Sunday, June 30 as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program.
A superb public garden, Untermyer Park in Yonkers, will also be hosting an Open Dayon Sunday. For the last two years, the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy has been restoring the once-grand Persian-inspired gardens created by Samuel Untermyer. It’s now a 43-acre public park owned by the city of Yonkers.
Two of the private gardens — ones tended by Louise Edeiken and Eliot Goldfinger in New Rochelle and John and Cynthia McKean in North Salem — are making their debut on Open Days this year.
The other two are returning favorites, and they couldn’t be more different. Garden designer Robert Welsch has created a tiny gem of a terraced, almost vertical garden on a slice of difficult, extremely steep land in Tarrytown. Phillis Warden has a sprawling 7-acre mostly woodland property in Bedford Hills with a variety of formal and very informal gardens rambling all through it. Don’t miss the regulation croquet court and the many wonderful water features.
Open Days allows you to see some of the best gardens in the country, most of which are just open to the public for a single day each year.
It’s a wonderful way to play tourist in your own town — and see some pretty fab real estate, to boot.
What to see on June 30
Bedford Hills: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Garden of Phillis Warden, 531 Bedford Center Road.
New Rochelle: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Garden of Louise Edeiken and Eliot Goldfinger, 37 Rolling Way.
North Salem: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Hen and the Hive, the garden of John and Cynthia McKean, 9 June Road.
Tarrytown: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Westover on Hudson, the garden of Robert Welsch and David Davenport, 149 Neperan Road.
Yonkers: Noon to 4 p.m. Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway. Free.
Open Days are rain or shine and no advance reservations are needed. Admission is $5 per garden. For more information, call 888-842-2442 or visit www.gardenconservancy.org/opendays, which also has driving directions and owners’ descriptions of their gardens.