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In the Garden Now: Early to Bed, Early to Rise

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Glorious displays of colorful tulips don’t happen at short notice. Planning begins in late summer and, although the Paisley Bed might seem bare right now, it is fully planted and…

In the Gardens Now: Colorful Willow and Dogwood Stems

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Multi-stemmed willows and dogwoods are a colorful feature of the winter landscape at Wave Hill. They are especially striking when arranged in contrasting groups—as this planting bed in the image…

In the Garden Now: Evergreens in the Wild Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Evergreens can easily be overlooked in summer but now, with deciduous trees bare and the rest of the plant life going dormant, they become the mainstay of the winter landscape…

In the Garden Now: Fruits and Berries

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. As the autumn leaves tire and drop from the scene, our attention turns to the colorful fruits and berries found on many of the trees and shrubs at Wave Hill….

In the Garden Now: Plant Migrations

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Many fine container-grown plants are placed around the grounds at Wave Hill in summer. As well as adding structure and interest, they benefit from being outside in the fresh air,…

In the Garden Now –Kate French Terrace Plantings

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer’s Last Blast The summer pleasures of outdoor dining can often extend into early fall and the Kate French Terrace at Wave Hill House, an extension of The Café, is…

In the Garden Now: Aquatic and Monocot Gardens in August

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Neatly clipped hedges and century-old stone pergolas frame set the background for the Monocot and Aquatic gardens. This formal arrangement creates a pleasing rectangular symmetry, softened by the abundant foliage…

In the Garden Now: The Flower Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The design of Wave Hill’s Flower Garden takes its inspiration from the Arts and Crafts gardening style, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the main…

In the Garden Now: Everything’s Coming Up Paisley

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Paisley Bed is an example of seasonal bedding—that is, a decorative planting scheme intended to last only a few months. It is a form of gardening which was…

In the Garden Now: Deep Burgundy and Pure White

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A Wild Garden has a “planted by nature” appearance. It is an informal style of gardening but one which involves thoughtful design and management. Arising from the Art and Crafts…