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 third 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. 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.

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. 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. In the nearly 50 years since, the gardens have been revitalized and restored by the conservancy and open to the public for in-depth tours and events. 


  • Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics, but outside alcohol will not be permitted.
  • Beer and wine will be available for purchase on-site.
  • Pre-orders of bar bundles, available here, will be accepted through 7/13.
  • 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 7/15.
  • 21+ to drink, must have I.D.


Take the MetroNorth to Yonkers Station.  

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


  • Festive attire is encouraged, as is sensible footwear for wandering down uneven forest pathways.
  • All ages are welcome. Guests 12 and under admitted free with a ticket-holding adult.
  • This event is brought to you in partnership with the Young Friends of Untermyer Gardens.


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Advance tickets only. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.