Jenah Barry, Retail Manager of The Shop at Wave Hill, joined the staff in mid-January 2013. An artist, floral designer and independent creative consultant on art, social justice and media projects, she has a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College.
My first word as a baby was “flower” and I spent many happy days as a child working with my mother in her beautiful garden. As an artist, nature has always been an inspiration and I’m delighted to work in this beautiful corner of New York City.
I am enchanted by the seasons, most of all by the emergence of fresh green leaves and buds in the spring, evidence of growth and renewal! Every day there is something at Wave Hill that surprises and delights me. Today I found these beautiful narcissus blooming in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. The hellebores are out and the tulips are beginning to wake from their long winter sleep in the Paisley Bed just beyond the doors to The Shop.
In The Shop, our seeds have arrived! Look out for the shipment from Hudson Valley Seed Library, a small, independent, local farm that produces resilient, heirloom seeds, organically grown and beautifully packaged in unique packets designed by contemporary artists.
As Lois Elhert writes in her beautiful children’s book Planting a Rainbow: We wait “for spring to warm the soil and sprout the bulbs… We sow the seeds and set out the plants in the soil and watch the rainbow grow, and grow and grow.”
While waiting for longer, warmer days and April’s showers I have been enjoying our Kobo seed candles, pure soy, fragranced candles made by hand in New York State. They are packaged in a seed-paper box; when planted in the soil and watered, the box will grow the plant that fragrances the candle. Choose among tomato, sunflower, poppy or thyme. I also love Under The Nile’s wonderful, organic cotton fruit and veggie toys, child’s play that is perfect until it’s warm enough for the kids to enjoy the gardens outside.
We are busy preparing for a busy season with the official opening of spring on March 20. I look forward to meeting you in The Shop!