Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture.
In mid-April, just in time for the quick pace of spring gardening, Wave Hill welcomed this year’s Nally Interns, who join a distinguished tradition of apprenticeship that goes back a quarter-century. The five took a moment last week to pose for a portrait on the stairs leading up to the Wild Garden. From left to right, meet Uziel Crescenzi, Gabriel Santoriello, Sarah Crichton, Alex Gueron and Akil Mason-Bovell.
With a BA in Plant Science from SUNY Cobleskill, Uziel Crescenzi, a native of the Bronx, spent last summer in Harvard University’s Isabelle Welles Hunnewell Internship Program at the Arnold Arboretum. Gabriel Santoriello, also a Bronx native, has gardened at a kibbutz in Israel and on Hawaii. Sarah Crichton, a native New Zealander, was a journalist at The Wall Street Journal and Newsday. Her stint as a Nally comes after volunteering at New York Botanical Garden. A Manhattanite, Alex Gueron is a CUNY graduate whose postgraduate experience includes teaching Capoeira and percussion, and production and post-production work for music, video and film. Akil Mason-Bovell, another Bronx native, has certification in green construction. He has worked construction and maintenance at Battery Park City Conservancy and the Bronx River Alliance.
Wave Hill’s John Nally Internship Program was established 25 years ago in memory of John Nally, curator of Wave Hill’s gardens until 1988. This highly renowned, competitive program trains new generations of gardeners with a hands-on apprenticeship that furthers their understanding of the principles of horticulture and teaches sustainable approaches to managing a small garden. Working alongside and learning from Wave Hill’s horticulture staff, interns become skilled in the sustainable approaches used to manage a public garden, and become indispensable to Wave Hill’s pursuit of garden excellence. Nally Interns have gone on to pursue careers at the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden and Wave Hill.