A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A cactus…it must come from the deserts of the southwest, or Mexico, right? No, actually, this spiny character is native to much of the eastern continental U.S. and is found…

Manifestation Machine: An Interview with Art Collective Dark Matters

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Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. Dark Matters collective— artists Amie Burg, Frank De-Leon Jones and Anna Ritsch—explores the intangible aspects of the natural world, including the spiritual, alchemical and mystical. They…

Away to Chanticleer!

Marilyn Young is Wave Hill’s Horticulture Assistant. For some time, a small group from Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture Committee (FOH) has been planning to take a moment in May to visit Chanticleer, a splendid garden outside of Philadelphia that…

Wild Color!

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Nally Notes from the Field: Wild Color Sarah Crichton is one of five 2016 Nally Interns. Named in honor of the late John Nally, curator of Wave Hill’s gardens until 1988, the John Nally Intern Program is a hands-on apprenticeship…

Plant of the Week: Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’ (silver mullein cultivar) is a biennial, meaning that blooming occurs in the second year after germinating from seed. In its first year, the plant forms a strikingly…

In The Shop: Hats Off to Dad!

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Jenah Barry, Retail Manager of The Shop at Wave Hill, brings to the position the sensibilities of artist and floral designer—and some classy gift ideas for Dad. Wave Hill is such a great place for Dads to spend quality time…

An Elevated View of Wave Hill

Just ahead of a summer rain, writer/photographer Jim Wright and LightHawk pilot Steve Kent flew up the Hudson River to get some aerial views of Wave Hill. LightHawk is an international group of volunteer pilots who donate their time to…

Birding at Wave Hill: Mother’s Day 50 Birds

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An expert birder and naturalist, Gabriel Willow leads walks and excursions all over the world, yet he has an easygoing and accessible way of encouraging new birders without overwhelming them with information. His walks are a regular feature of each…

Plant of the Week: Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill is graced by a number of hundred-year-old, small-leaved lindens, Tilia cordata, and now is their peak bloom time. Stand under any of them on a warm afternoon and…

Bending and Weaving: Notes from the Wild Garden

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Wave Hill gardener Gelene Scarborough started gardening as a child in North Carolina. When she moved to New York City, she began by gardening for private rooftop gardens. Her career got its start at Wave Hill back in 1997 when…