A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River


Photo courtesy of Mick Hales

Photo courtesy of Mick Hales

Welcome to the Wave Hill blog!  We hope you visit here – and come to our gardens! – often.

A serene oasis overlooking the—and come to t Hudson River and Palisades, Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center. Enjoy year-round programs in horticulture, education and the arts, including our popular Family Art Project, provided free with admission every weekend. Relax in our spectacular gardens, often called “one of the greatest living works of art.” Have a light meal in the Wave Hill Café, take in the contemporary art exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery and our music season in majestic Armor Hall. And don’t leave without a visit to The Shop at Wave Hill. Your purchase of the perfect house or garden gift supports our spectacular gardens and programming.

Wave Hill House was built as a country home in 1843 by jurist William Lewis Morris.  In 1903, George W. Perkins, a partner of J.P. Morgan, purchased Wave Hill House, adding it to the properties he had been accumulating to create a great estate along the Hudson River, including a villa on the site of what is now Glyndor House. Perkins devoted much of his extraordinary energy to enhancing the property’s magnificent vistas. The land was graded and contoured, rare trees and shrubs were planted on the broad lawns, and gardens were created to blend harmoniously with the natural beauty of the Hudson River highlands. In 1960, the Perkins-Freeman family deeded Wave Hill to the City of New York; Wave Hill, Inc., was formed in 1965 as a non-profit corporation. Today, as one of 33 New York City-owned cultural institutions, Wave Hill provides an oasis of serenity and offers programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Through these programs, Wave Hill seeks to foster connections between people and nature.

Affordable and easy to get to, Wave Hill is open year-round TuesdaySunday and many major holidays: 9AM–5:30PM. Closes 4:30PM, November 1–March 14.



$10 adults, $6 students and seniors 65+, $4 children 618.

Free Tuesday and Saturday mornings until noon.

Free to Members and children under 6.



Located only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate and Metro-North’s Riverdale station, and the 242nd Street stop on the #1 subway line. We offer limited onsite parking for $8 per vehicle, and free, continuous shuttle service to a free lot nearby. Complete directions and shuttle bus schedule at http://www.wavehill.org/visit/ or by calling 718.549.3200.


Learn more about Wave Hill, and the events you’ll want to participate in, at www.wavehill.org.

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Horticulturists at Wave Hill,

    This is a photo I took at nearby Johnson Ave., part of my botanical compendium of Riverdale street trees and plants. A Flickr member left me a comment with this question, and I thought I might forward it to you. If you have an opportunity to respond, I would appreciate it. Would be nice if I could post your answer under the photo on Flickr.

    Thank you for your time,

    Evelyn Fitzgerald
    Oxford Avenue, Riverdale, NYC

    Pyrus calleryana – Callery Pear by Virens

    “These leaves are pretty. Why do some of them have the funny markings on them?”

  2. Your recent Photo Workshop on The Palisades was a great opportunity ! Growing up in the area I’ve always been curious about the stone stairways. The trip was informative and I have great photos ! Thank you.

    • Our Director of Horticulture has this advice, Karen: The Alpine House and the Wild Garden will both have bulbs in bloom, and the Palm house also has South African bulbs on display. Hope we’ll see you here!

  3. I have been told that you have/had Salix bockii in the gardens! I have tried very hard to obtain thei species with no luck! I have traded willow cuttings with several important Public Gardens and would love to trade you cuttings for this species. Both the Arnold Arbortum and the Montreal BG have lost their plants so I believe it is in danger of being lost to N. American horticulture. I have close to 300 different Salix taxa and would be willing to share any if them that you would like! BTW I have known Marco since 1965 when we both worked at NYBG!

    • Dear Michael,
      We do indeed have Salix bockii and our Director of Horticulture, Louis Bauer, is happy to send you cuttings. Please see his response below:
      Very best,
      Charles Day
      Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter

  4. Dear buyer,

    If you are interested in fine Japanese goods based in modern design and manufactured with traditional techniques,
    please visit us at NY NOW 1/31 – 2/3 Booth # 3779.
    We have an excellent assortment of products ranging from tabletop and home accessories to jewelry and stationery.
    Please see the attached flyer for photos and details.

    Allow me to introduce myself. I am Takako Piro, New York Representative for The Art of Japan.
    My colleague Evelyn Teploff-Mugii and I look forward to meeting you at NY NOW.
    We would appreciate your letting us know in advance of your plan to visit us.


    Takako Tojo Piro

    • We have Penstemon digitalis (foxglove beardtongue) and several cultivars of this species in the Flower Garden, Wild Garden and at the Kerlin Overlook. There may also be some less common species in the Alpine House.

      All the best, Ms. Garson.

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