Visiting the PepsiCo Gardens - Purchase NY 10577

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After a three year makeover, a jewel of Westchester County New York, the Donald M. Kendall Gardens at PepsiCo, has finally re-opened.

Donald M. Kendall, former chairman of the board and CEO, conceived the gardens which bear his name. He imagined an atmosphere of stability and creativity. The sculpture collection was started in 1965 and consists of works by major twentieth century artists.  Russell Page, the internationally famous garden designer, cultivated the corporate grounds into an arboretum transforming the gardens into a work of art. The sculptures and gardens exist in harmony on a carefully maintained landscape.

Some of my fondest memories of my son Marcus' earliest years are in these incredible gardens.  I pushed his baby carriage along the meandering paths during my maternity leave and well after into his childhood.   When he could walk, Marcus would roam these paths and run with abandon on this carpet of velvet grass, exploring the sculptures and expending his energy.  And now that he will soon be a father, I have high hopes seasoned with those precious memories, that I will again push that baby carriage along those same paths.  

Here you can encounter some of the finest works by David Smith, Henry Moore, Jean Dubuffet and Alexander Calder, to name just a few.  While touching is not allowed, running around and through these enormous structures or playing hide and go seek in one of the varied ecosystems that the gardens contain, will delight a child of any age.  One of my favorites is the tall pine forest that evokes my memories of the American Northwest,and includes totems from the Native Americans of that same region.

 

The Kendall Gardens are open to the pubic on weekends only, from April through October from 10AM to 5PM.  Unleash your inner child (but no doggies allowed) pack a picnic and take some time to explore.  I promise you will see me there next April, pushing that baby carriage once again.

Comments (12)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good moring Joanna. What a lovely post and trip in memory and reality. Love the pictures too.

Aug 22, 2017 07:43 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thank you so much Sheila Anderson - have you ever been to the Gardens? I went to the Duke gardens near Princeton New Jersey years ago and loved!!!!

Aug 22, 2017 10:21 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Your welcome Joanna. I don't think I have been there but I really like Calder and Moore.

Aug 22, 2017 11:42 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Joanna,

How wonderful to share this special spot with us.  I enjoyed reading your memories of time with Marcus.  A

Aug 22, 2017 03:24 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joanna - I have been to those gardens.  I will go again and bring our friends. 

Aug 22, 2017 08:07 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

When and if you come to New York Ron and Alexandra Seigel and Sheila Anderson it is a place I would gladly take you to.  Yes, time for you to return Grant Schneider - it really is magical and so close to you!

Aug 23, 2017 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Joanna -- the Pepsico Gardens are "new" to me.  I too enjoyed reading your post that is both full of information and wonderful memories -- a nice combination and beautifully told as always.   

Aug 23, 2017 06:45 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

You are too kind Michael Jacobs - hard to believe I am going to be a Grammy and  have such vivid memories of Marcus as a baby - oy how time flies!

Aug 23, 2017 08:35 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I would love to take Hamilton  - my grandson who is 2- there some time when I am in NY visiting him. I had trouble with being a grandma.a.a.a.  as some people would call me - so I asked everyone to call me Kanga from Winnie the Pooh and Hamilton is "Roo" - 

Sep 13, 2017 05:13 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

First off: congrats on your becoming a soon-to-be "Grand" mother,  i.e., Bubbie! Generations of memories held in the outdoors is something I always support and secondly it is wonderful to see the renovation, the art and the overall excitement of it that you are exuding. A very special place to be sure. 

 

Oct 03, 2017 09:02 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi there Lise Howe and Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - I am so excited to take my grandson (not yet born but due any minute) to Pepsico and I would love to take you both as well - I am going to be called Grammy unless the kid thinks of something much better Lise-I like your appellations!

Oct 03, 2017 09:42 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Grammy is sweet, but I did think it was so cute what Lise Howe figured out. 

Oct 03, 2017 12:59 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

My grandmother was Grammy in my family (maternal grandmother) - My father's mother was called Bar - even though her name was Lise Courtney as was her daughter, myself and my daugher - It is funny what names we come up with for grandmothers and grandfathers. 

Oct 03, 2017 07:33 PM

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