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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…

This Week in the Gardens: Creative Containers (Jul 13)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, has had containers on her mind since demonstrating for visitors last weekend how to create container water gardens. This week, she broadens her focus. By mid-summer, potted plants can be found…

This Week in the Gardens: A Makeover for the Monocot Garden (Jul 2)

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Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer describes new developments in this charming space adjacent to the Aquatic Garden. Wave Hill Gardener Harnek Singh decided to mix things up in the Monocot Garden this season. Along with the perennial grasses, daylilies…

This Week in the Gardens: Clematis (Jun 22)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, checks out different species, varieties and cultivars of clematis blooming in our gardens this late June. The clematis are looking particularly fine this week. Throughout the garden you’ll find examples of…