The Jay Estate in Rye was the home of one of our nation's greatest peacemakers, John Jay...

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Bandits on the Run Enchant Crowd

The Brooklyn-based trio of Regina Strayhorn, Sydney Shepherd, and Adrian Blake Enscoe–otherwise known as the indie-folk-pop group Bandits on the Run–held the audience spellbound at the first Jams at Jay event since the start of the pandemic.

The weather turned out to be spectacular, and so was the music: The Bandits kicked their set off with a charming rendition of their hit Love in the Underground,” and concluded it with a rousing cover of Beyoncé’s Love on Top.” Other highlights of the show included a stirring mash-up of the Fleetwood Mac songs “Rhiannon” and “The Chain,” and an acoustic encore beside the refreshment tables.


thomas jayne and pilar viladas

Classic Design Luncheon by Historic Jay Gardens

Just as the Jay Estate has adapted its buildings and landscape to serve a 21st-century audience in a modern and inclusive way, today’s foremost style influencers are leading discussions about how to make classic design more accessible by seamlessly mixing the old and the new. On Thursday, September 23, 100 guests joined us for a lively conversation beside our newly restored, sustainable gardens with AD 100 Interior Designer Thomas Jayne and design journalist Pilar Viladas. 

Seasonal Horticulture Director

We're Hiring!

The Historic Gardens at the Jay Estate in Rye, New York, are part of a larger 23-acre park operated by the nonprofit Jay Heritage Center (JHC). With the direction of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), Phase I of a design to reimagine and rehabilitate almost three acres of formal and functional gardens was first begun in June 2020, and construction will be completed by Fall 2021. The resulting garden rooms will activate new inclusive and accessible public programs and experiences at JHC and facilitate its growth as a vibrant educational campus.

A new Director of Horticulture (Hort Director) will be responsible for ongoing maintenance, establishment, and review of a diverse group of plants but will also be an educator creating unique companion programs for the gardens. Read more about how to apply here




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