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Plant of the Week: Taxodium distichum (Bald, or Swamp, Cypress)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Oaks, maples, hickories and other broadleaved trees are expected to put on a colorful display in the autumn but, perhaps surprisingly, there are some deciduous conifers quite capable of adding…

Plant of the Week: Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ (Mexican Bush Sage cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This late-blooming salvia provides color and interest up to the very end of fall. Its soft, velvety spikes of purple flowers contrast wonderfully against the yellows and browns seen in…

Plant of the Week: Epilobium canum ‘Chaparral Silver’—Zauschneria/California Fuchsia

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. More likely to be spotted on a hillside in their native California, zauschnerias can thrive here too, providing they are planted in well-drained, gritty soil, and in a sunny spot….

Plant of the Week: Isodon longitubus (syn. Rabdosia longituba)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Isodon longitubus is an unusual and enigmatic perennial. Through the summer, when it looks like any slightly rangy-looking green plant, it is easily overlooked but, late in the fall, it…

Welcome back to the Picnic Area!

Director Facilities and Capital Projects Frank Perrone reports on repairs to the picnic area adjacent to Glyndor Gallery. Major repairs to the picnic area adjacent to Glyndor Gallery, undertaken nearly two months ago by our Facilities team, working hand-in-hand with Arbitrio…

Plant of the Week: Gomphocarpus physocarpus (Swan Plant/Balloon Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This tender perennial—that is, a plant that is capable of living more than one year in a warmer climate but is killed by our winters here—comes from southern Africa. It…

Plant of the Week: Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’ (Calico Aster Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The calico aster is a native of eastern North America and, although known in the trade as Aster lateriflorus, has been reclassified by taxonomists as Symphiotrichum lateriflorum. As with other…

Plant of the Week: Cochicum autumnale ‘Lilac Wonder’ (Autumn Crocus Cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Every fall, one of the most commonly heard questions is: “What is that patch of purple/pink flowers?” The answer is autumn crocus, an extraordinary plant which, after growing a crop…

Farewell to our Third WERM Cohort!

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Kristen MacFarlane, Wave Hill’s Youth Programs Coordinator, works with high school students in the Forest Project and Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM), Wave Hill’s two paid internship programs for high school students.  On August 23, 2016, ten high school students…

Plant of the Week: Helianthus porteri (Porter’s Sunflower)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. When we see the jaunty yellow blooms of this diminutive member of the sunflower tribe, we know that autumn has arrived. It is an annual plant and drops its seeds…