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Plant of the Week: Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Exotic-looking and bizarre, pitcher plants could be from a mythical tropical jungle, or even another planet! In reality they are native to much of North America, where they are…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×soulangeana ‘Lennei’ (Saucer Magnolia cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The severe cold spell in March—which followed an extraordinarily warm February—damaged the swelling buds of many of our spring-flowering magnolias. The result has been a rather scattershot display this month….

Plant of the Week: Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’ (Glory-of-the-Snow cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Wave Hill is renowned for its carpets of blue glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) each spring. The display has been quite a spectacle over the past few weeks, but not all glories-of-the-snow…

Plant of the Week: Victoria amazonica (Giant Water Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Impossible to miss in the Aquatic Garden, the giant water lily (Victoria amazonica) spreads itself over a large portion of the pond. Exotic-looking, and tropical in origin (from the Amazon,…

Plant of the Week: Hosta clausa (Hosta Species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This Korean species of hosta is very strange. The flowers resolutely refuse to open—explaining the clausa (closed) part of the botanical name. It is an odd mutation because insects and…

Plant of the Week: Sagittaria lancifolia (Lance-leaved Sagittaria–red stemmed form) & Thalia dealbata (Powdery Thalia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Should you be strolling along the hedge-lined path that connects the Wild Garden with the Shade Border, you will encounter two, water-filled planters tucked into little greenery nooks. They are…

The Pool is the Earliest Screen: A Conversation with Chris Doyle

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The following is excerpted from a conversation between the artist Chris Doyle and Wave Hill Senior Curator Jennifer McGregor, in which Doyle describes his influences and ideas. The full version can be found in the exhibition catalog, available for preorder at The…

This Week in the Gardens: Winter into Spring (Feb 26)

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Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day looks for small signs of spring. I love observing the changes as one season pivots into the next, and late February is one of these special moments. Certainly, winter is not yet over,…

Before and After Hurricane Sandy, Part 1 (Nov 5)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, checks on the state of the gardens post-Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy descended upon Wave Hill and swept the autumn away, along with our electricity and a few damaged trees. Miraculously we…

This Week in the Gardens: Goodbye, Summer; Hello, Fall (Sep 28)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, points to seasonal changes in the gardens. Summer keeps hanging on in most of the garden, but fall is making its first appearance with fruits and berries, fall-blooming bulbs and the…