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Plant of the Week: Rhus copallina (Shining, or Winged, Sumac)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The shining sumac (Rhus copallina) is native to eastern North America and is often found in large colonies on hillsides and along country roads. It is a spectacular sight…

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: 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: Euphorbia myrsinites

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. One of the unique aspects of Wave Hill is that some plants get to pick their own places to live. Not all of them of course—much thought and expertise goes…

Cold Frames

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Situated off the east side of the Potting Shed, the cold frame, so named because it is not heated, sits about a foot and half below ground level, with a cover of…

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: Spring Chartreuse!

Millium effusum, Amelanchier canadensis and Pulmonaria 'Mrs. Moon'

Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer highlights what’s new in the gardens this week. It’s chartreuse week! In the spring, acid green seems to go with everything.  In the Wild Garden, shade-loving golden wood millet (Millium effusum ‘Aureum’) emerging…

The Sweetest Gift: The Fragrant Garden

Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill.   Fragrance has been called the voice of inanimate things, and like music, a fragrant garden can touch the emotions deeply.   The revered British gardener and author William Robinson advised (in…