A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

This Week in the Gardens: The Last Hurrah

Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, takes stock of the gardens before the first deep freeze of winter.

After a long and glorious fall at Wave Hill, the temperature plunged below 30 degrees this past Tuesday night, snuffing out the last of the lingering flowers. Tender plants have been safely tucked away in their winter quarters or sacrificed to the compost gods, but colorful fruits, berries and vibrant splashes of late fall foliage continue to illuminate the landscape. Even the sunsets over the Hudson River have been extraordinary this week! Here are a few images from the gardens before the deep freeze.

First, a simple but lovely composition along the Shade Border: Nyssa sylvatica ‘Pendula’ (sourgum) and Amsonia hubrichtii (threadleaf amsonia).

This view from the Wild Garden with Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’ (cutleaf staghorn sumac) includes a glimpse of the Hudson River below and to the west.

A shady corner of the Wild Garden beneath our old shadbush, Amelanchier canadensis.

Aster tataricus, below the Pergola, is paired here with Aconitum, in this shot taken in the Wild Garden.

Below, the meadow west of Wave Hill House.

A stately pair: American beech, Fagus grandifolia, below Ecology Building, and bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, in front of Glyndor Gallery.

Next, two views of the Hudson River: From above the Elliptical Garden, and then from a higher vantage point on the Great Lawn:

Ilex verticillata ‘Christmas Cheer’, winterberry holly, with Ginkgo biloba  ‘Autumn Gold’ in the background, makes a handsome pair with Hydrangea quercifolia, oakleaf hydrangea.

Finally, a charming sight at the entrance to the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory: Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks-on-fire.’

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