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Spring Unfurls!

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Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful as spring unfolds at Wave Hill, each direction meriting a visit. One that should not be missed is the Shade Border, located in the northeast…

The Name Game—Who Were They?

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Marilyn Young is Horticultural Assistant at Wave Hill. If you find Latin botanical names tedious, consider names that commemorate people. Horticulture namesakes tend to have wonderful stories. The Swedish Professors of Botany Olaus Rudbeck and his son Olaus the Younger…

Berried Shrubs and Trees

 Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill. With the ideal of a garden as a year-round pleasure, it may be easy to delight in summer, but gardeners may be less certain how to sustain interest and color from fall…

Tender Salvias to the Rescue

Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill. Elegant, dependable and fairly easy to grow, salvias can be found at Wave Hill lighting up the gardens well into autumn. Salvia is the common name for the entire Salvia genus, while…

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…

The Sweet Unfolding of the Magnolias

  Waiting throughout the long months of cold in their fuzzy, protective coverings, called “perules,” the multitude of magnolia flower buds go beyond winter interest, shimmering in the slant of the season’s light, to convey a sense of winter empathy. …

Enjoy an Early Spring

When the northern winter seems too long, satisfy your longing for spring with the numerous early-flowering shrubs at Wave Hill. Among the most beautiful are the winter hazels, Corylopsis. The pale yellow, lightly fragrant flowers of the winter hazels hang…