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Plant of the Week: Begonia grandis ‘Alba’ (Hardy Begonia cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Most begonias need the protection of a greenhouse for the winter, but Begonia grandis, a species from East Asia, is a hardy exception and it will survive outside throughout…

Plant of the Week: Colchicum spp. (Autumn Crocuses)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late September brings the surprising blooms of the autumn crocus (Colchicum spp.). Large and pink (or white, in some selections), they seem to pop up from the ground with…

Plant of the Week: Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Moon carrot is an odd name for this rather odd-looking plant. As a member of Apiaceae (the parsley family), it is indeed a relative of the carrot, but its…

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…