Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture.
You really can’t miss the Paisley Bed, since it asks for your attention as you approach the Perkins Visitor Center. Its paisley shape is just small enough to offer the ideal spot for a changing display.
Traditionally, it first comes to life in early spring with a profusion of tulips. This year, I’ve decided on several kinds of orange tulips—Orange Emperor, Apricot Beauty, Orange Lydia, Daydream, Dordogne, Toronto—and Violet Beauty. And new this year, pale blue and yellow violas—Viola rebelina. A couple of days ago, I removed the stakes outlining the bed: we judged that the plants are now obvious enough that visitors are unlikely to walk all over them by mistake.
In summer, the bed changes dramatically, of course. We’ll be planting it out in June. More about that as we closer to the new season.