Lyndhurst, in floral splendor

WAG visited Lyndhurst – a favorite destination for both its grandeur and historical significance – a couple of times this spring.

We were there first to speak with executive director Howard Zar in advance of “Defying Labels: New Roles, New Clothes.” He gave us a sneak peek of the exhibition that puts the spotlight not on Jay Gould, the famed railroad baron and financier in residence at the Tarrytown mansion toward the end of the 19th century, but rather the women in his life and their fashions. The exhibition, which we featured in the June issue, examines the dramatic shift in women’s roles from the 1880s to 1940s as represented by the Gould women’s clothing and accessories. (For those who’ve yet to go, there’s still time, as “Defying Labels” continues through Sept. 25.)

Then, WAG was back again to cover the inaugural “Mansions of the Gilded Age” symposium. During that visit, we took note of the lovely blooms scattered throughout the National Trust for Historic Preservation site.

Now, Zar has let us know of a special event at Lyndhurst that seems a most fitting way to mark autumn’s impending arrival.

Here’s a preview from the release he shared:

“Because of its massive greenhouse, the interiors of Lyndhurst mansion were traditionally filled with fresh flowers in all seasons. From September 8th through 11th, visitors to Lyndhurst will have the opportunity to again see Lyndhurst filled with fresh flowers. ‘Autumn Blossoms’ will showcase the work of six premier Westchester florists, each decorating a different room of the mansion with a lavish floral display.”

The floral displays will debut during the opening reception, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8, an event co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Irvington. The suggested donation is $25 and advance tickets are available online.

Then, Sept. 9 through 11, the flowers may be viewed during regular tours of the mansion.

For more, visit Lyndhurst.org.– Mary Shustack

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