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Katonah in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Sundial and Fountain Gardens

John Jay Homestead

 
 
The Sundial and Fountain Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
1. The Sundial and Fountain Gardens Marker
Inscription.
The gardens at the Homestead pay homage to John Jayís love of nature and to the pleasure that the Jay family found on the grounds surrounding their home.

This garden combines designs found in family gardens from the early 19th through the 2oth centuries.

The Bedford Garden Club and staff from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation began developing this garden in 1969. The garden, completed in 1983, is a community project, maintained by the Bedford Garden Club.

“Cousin Ann says she is much better lately which she attributes to the garden – you know her fondness for it – how carefully she watches and nurses every expanding bed and how much she appears herself to benefit as they increase in fragrance and beauty.”
(in this excerpt from a letter written on April 6, 1808, by Susan Livingston Ridley, we learn that Susanís cousin Ann Jay shared her father Johnís enthusiasm for horticulture.)
 
Erected by Friends of the Jay Homestead. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Location. 41° 15.06′ N, 73° 39.558′ W. Marker is in Katonah, New York, in Westchester County. Marker can be reached from Jay Street (New York State Route 22) 0.1 miles
The Sundial and Fountain Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 14, 2009
2. The Sundial and Fountain Gardens Marker
south of Beaver Dam Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the John Jay Homestead. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Route 22, Katonah NY 10536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to John Jay Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); John Jay Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Bedford House (within shouting distance of this marker); The John Jay Potting Sheds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brick Lot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Glasshouse Complex and Herb Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beech Allee (Avenue) and Stone Fences (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Katonah.
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Places
 
The Sundial Garden image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
3. The Sundial Garden
The Sundial Garden, ca. 1915 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
4. The Sundial Garden, ca. 1915
[ detail from the marker ]
Children in the Garden image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
5. Children in the Garden
[ detail from the marker ]
This photograph, ca. 1910, shows the Iselin children playing in the garden. Behind them, the roof and chimney of one of the nearby potting sheds are visible.
Grandchildren of Eleanor Jay Iselin image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
6. Grandchildren of Eleanor Jay Iselin
[ detail from the marker ]
In this photograph, ca. 1950, the grandchildren of Eleanor Jay Iselin play in the fountain in the lower garden.
The Fountain Garden, ca. 1915 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
7. The Fountain Garden, ca. 1915
[ detail from the marker ]
The Garden Plan image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
8. The Garden Plan
[ detail from the marker ]
View of the Homestead from the garden, ca. 1915 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 10, 2009
9. View of the Homestead from the garden, ca. 1915
[ detail from the marker ]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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