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Caramoor Sunken Garden
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Not far from the main entrance to Caramoor is the charming Sunken Garden. The Garden consists of breathtaking perennial borders and several center beds, planted with annuals and perennials. There are antique containers and statuary and the flowers' pastel color scheme is intended to be admired by day and especially at night during the concert season, when moonlight causes a shimmering effect on the petals. Off to the side is the Juliet Gate, a 17th century Italian portal opening to the Cedar Walk -- a long, wooded path leading through the Woodland Garden to Caramoor's Italian Pavilion.

Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen who built the great house and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world to reality. Their musical evenings were the seeds of the International Music Festival of today.

The Rosens purchased the Caramoor Estate, named after owner Caroline Moore Hoyt, in 1928 in order to build a summer home. "We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music," Mrs. Rosen was often quoted as saying. In 1945, after the death of their son in World War II, the Rosens bequeathed the Caramoor estate as a center for music and art.

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