The Great Forgotten Garden Party - Atlas Obscura

Yonkers, New York

The Great Forgotten Garden Party

Atlas Obscura's paramount summertime event: An extravagant outdoor gala celebrating the beauty, history, and mythos of America's Greatest Forgotten Garden.

Hidden behind a great stone wall overlooking the Hudson River resides a masterpiece of unspoken beauty. Statues of sphinxes tower from beyond the embarkment, crumbling tiles line the remembrance of an elaborate mosaic pool, and 2,000-year-old imported Roman columns frame a dramatic view of the Palisades.

For the second year in a row, join Atlas Obscura and the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy to experience the wonder and beauty of Untermyer Gardens. In this enthralling evening filled with exploration and performance, you'll enter a hidden world of wonder and beauty inspired by the gardens' architecture, design, history, and lore.

Attendees will find themselves transported back to the golden years of the Greystone Estate, when Mrs. Minnie Untermyer hosted some of the greatest artists and performers of the early 20th century and Samuel Untermyer roamed the property with a white orchid in his lapel.

At dusk, more stories will be revealed. When Untermyer passed in 1940, the daunting cost of upkeep left his former gardens unmaintained, eventually falling into ruin. Victim to vandalism and overgrowth, by the mid-1970s Untermyer Park had gained a dark reputation as a gathering place for occult activities.

Brought to you by the curators behind Into the Veil, The Great Forgotten Garden Party invokes the past in this hidden garden oasis, revealing a world of music and dance where ancient mythology and modern legends entwine.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Young Friends of Untermyer Gardens. 


Live performances will take place throughout the night, including sets by headlining artists serpentwithfeet & Marissa Nadler.

serpentwithfeet is an avant-garde vocalist and performance artist who has spanned musical genres, including jazz, neo-soul, and opera. His forthcoming album soil, which infuses r&b, gospel, and pop with electronic melodrama, is set to release in June 2018.

Marissa Nadler is a "dream folk" vocalist who combines country and folk with experimental elements of metal. Her most recent album, "Strangers," was a gothic-folk missive, which led Pitchfork to describe Nadler as "a real-life Melisandre with an angelic tenor."


  • Festive attire is encouraged, as is sensible footwear for wandering down uneven forest pathways.
  • Cash bars serving a variety of beer, wine, and craft cocktails will be available onsite.
  • A variety of savory and sweet picnic items, teas and elixirs by The Awkward Scone will be available on-site for purchase.
  • Pre-orders of picnics boxes, available here, will be accepted through 5/30.
  • Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics as well, however outside alcohol will not be permitted.


Take the MetroNorth to Yonkers Station.  

Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between Yonkers Station and Untermyer Gardens throughout the evening.


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