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Plant of the Week: Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. An old favorite of rock gardens and sunny borders, snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), is well named. In late spring into early summer, its masses of white flowers could be mistaken…

Plant of the Week: Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’ (Japanese Cornel Dogwood cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. This lovely, small tree is a cultivar of the Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinalis ‘Kintoki’). Although related to our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), it is much closer in…

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,…