A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Early Spring: Coping with Cool Temperatures

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. After last week’s warm spell, our gardeners were all set to plant sweet little viola plants yesterday morning. But with a surprise forecast of cooler temperatures—and we’ve been feeling them since the…

Plant of the Week: Winter Aconite

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The first, few flowers of early spring are among the most precious of the year, and the winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis. is one of them. Native to southern Europe, but hardy enough…

Plant of the Week: Purple Bell Flower

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, commonly known as the purple bell flower, is a climbing vine from Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, and is surely one of the most bizarre blooms to be found…

Plant of the Week: Persian Ironwood

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The flowers of Parrotia persica, the Persian ironwood, appear in late winter and are a cheery sight—as long as you know where to look for them. A fine specimen stands right…

Plant of the Week; Camellia

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Not all camellias have big, multi-petaled “double” flowers, nor are they all scentless. This delicate species, Camellia lutchuensis, from the southernmost islands of Japan has small, evergreen leaves and flowers…

Lavender in the Garden Day!

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  Lavender in the Garden Day was such a special one that we couldn’t resist hearing from a number of staff involved in the programs offered over the course of the day: Ilse Murdock, Family Art Project Leader; Justine Spilotros,…

Do Gardeners Catch Spring Fever?

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Of course, we do. But it’s a chronic condition that arrives with the earliest buds and doesn’t let up till sometime in late fall. This year, more than any other in recent…

Wave Hill Birding: Summer Memories

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An expert birder and naturalist, Gabriel Willow leads walks and excursions all over the world, yet he has an easygoing and accessible way of encouraging new birders without overwhelming them with information. His walks are a regular feature of each…

Spring in The Shop at Wave Hill

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Jenah Barry, Retail Manager of The Shop at Wave Hill, joined the staff in mid-January 2013. An artist, floral designer and independent creative consultant on art, social justice and media projects, she has a Master’s degree in Fine Art from…

Top Ten Reasons Schools Visit Wave Hill

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Senior School Programs Educator Corinne Flax waxes eloquent as the old year leaves. Each year, Wave Hill welcomes thousands of schoolchildren onto our grounds. Having seen so many of these groups come and go, I am ringing out the old…