Jay Heritage Center’s official opening of the newly revitalized Jay Estate Gardens

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Ribbon cutting for the Jay Heritage Center at the official opening of the Jay Estate Gardens.

On June 12, 120 supporters and non-profit partners of the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) raised a glass at the official opening of the newly revitalized Jay Estate Gardens, an expansive, educational, green space where American history, sustainability, and diverse cultural narratives all converge.

Thanks to a unique public-private partnership between JHC, New York State Parks and Westchester County, nearly 3 acres of garden “rooms” have been filled with a palette of stunning shrubs, grasses and perennials selected by award-winning landscape architect Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz. After Woltz described the evolution of his firm’s design in detail, guests strolled around lush parterre plantings bursting with roses, through stone arches to a serene reflecting pool.

Thomas Woltz addresses the Garden Opening audience.
Thomas Woltz, recently named one of Elle Decor’s Top 10 Designers of 2022, described the design process for the Jay Estate Gardens.
NY State Parks Deputy Commissioner Daniel Mackay applauded JHC and NBW for their successful project.
NY State Assemblyman Steve Otis, with Brad and Daniell Neuman.
Jackie Alexander and the Japan Society of Fairfield County presented 15,000 towards Phase II of the garden.

The final, breathtaking surprise was a 90-foot long rose-arbor and native pollinator paradise that was already attracting a host of butterflies! The Jay Estate Gardens are now open through November 2022.

The Jay Estate Gardens redesigned to be filled with people, pollinators and public programs!
Guests tour the salvia and rose beds.
Cocktails in the parterre gardens.

The reflecting pool.
The rose arbor in full bloom.
Under the arbor.

For more information, visit www.jayheritagecenter.org

Kevin Peraino, Thelma Gordon, Gwen Cort, Suzanne Clary, Lloyd Cort, and Steve Otis.
Caroline Wallach, John and Christie Bonasera, and Lindsay Martin.
Chris Pappas, Luica Maestro, Betsy White, and Kevin Peraino.
Daniel Mackay, Suzanne Clary, Mark Streiter, and Thomas Woltz by the reflecting pool.
Dave Thomas, Olney and Mary Reynolds, Kiah Thomas, and Kevin Peraino.
Michael Strauss and Yoshie Ito with Diane and Perry Caminis.
Charlotte Barrows, Thomas Woltz, and Mark Streiter under the Jay arbor.
Kevin Peraino, Steve Otis, Suzanne Clary, and Larry Weaner.
Jackie Alexander and Christina Cho.
Jackie and Julius Alexander.
John and Julia Burke.
John Kolvenbach, Charlotte Barrows, Markley Boyer, and Victoria Johnson.
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Sara and Taegen Goddard, and Steve Otis.
Libby Alexander and Chris Duncan.
Mark Streiter, Suzanne Clary, Thomas Woltz, and Larry Weaner.
Michael Kovner and Jean doyen de Montaillou.
Rich Clary, Larry Weaner, Suzanne Clary, and Kay and Tim Yates.
Taryn Clary, Dede Montgomery, Suzanne Clary, Betsy White, and Thomas Woltz.
Thomas Woltz, Juan Castellanos, James Kaus, Liz Garrett, and Pat Garrett.
Thomas Woltz, Daniel Mackay, Charlotte Barrows, and Mark Streiter.

Photographs by Cutty McGill & Kim Crichlow.

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