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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
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