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Plant of the Week: Hosta plantaginea (August Lily)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The front entrance to the Flower Garden in late summer is graced by the huge, scented blooms of the August lily. Although not actually a lily—it is a species of…

Plant of the Week: Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’ (silver mullein cultivar) is a biennial, meaning that blooming occurs in the second year after germinating from seed. In its first year, the plant forms a strikingly…

Plant of the Week: Viola cv. (Pansy cultivar mix)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Who can resist the smiling face of a pansy? This Viola selection is a mixture called ‘Citrus Mix,’ for obvious reasons, and it is superbly matched with similarly-hued Iceland poppies (Papaver…

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…

The Rewards of Succession Planting

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. I am very pleased to be able to share the news that one of our horticulturists, Harnek Singh, has been awarded a Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development, the first to be awarded…

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…

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…

Planting for Life Across the Garden

Heliopsis-helianthoides

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. We read with interest Doug Tallamy’s Op-Ed piece in today’s New York Times—“A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening.” It made for a lively discussion among our gardeners over lunch today in our “Potting…

This Week in the Gardens: The Last Hurrah

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, takes stock of the gardens before the first deep freeze of winter. After a long and glorious fall at Wave Hill, the temperature plunged below 30 degrees this past Tuesday night, snuffing out…

From The Shop: Staff Picks for the Holidays—Gifts for Gardeners

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Jenah Barry, Retail Manager of The Shop at Wave Hill, brings to the position the sensibilities of artist and floral designer.  With the holiday season getting off to an extra early start this year, I had such fun putting together…