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In the Garden Now: Winter-Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Late February might still be winter but it is when some of our trees and shrubs burst into flower. Many of them originated in parts of East Asia where…

In the Garden Now: South African Bulbs

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The Wave Hill Palm House in February is filled with the colors, scents and fresh foliage of winter-blooming plants. Even the air feels soft and inviting, and stepping in…

In the Garden Now: The Conifer Slope in Winter

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Conifers have a quiet dignity about them, as suggested in the first photo, taken by Ngoc Minh Ngo for the recent Timber Press publication Nature into Art: The Gardens…

In the Garden Now: Early to Bed, Early to Rise

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Glorious displays of colorful tulips don’t happen at short notice. Planning begins in late summer and, although the Paisley Bed might seem bare right now, it is fully planted and…

In the Gardens Now: Colorful Willow and Dogwood Stems

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Multi-stemmed willows and dogwoods are a colorful feature of the winter landscape at Wave Hill. They are especially striking when arranged in contrasting groups—as this planting bed in the image…

In the Garden Now: Evergreens in the Wild Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Evergreens can easily be overlooked in summer but now, with deciduous trees bare and the rest of the plant life going dormant, they become the mainstay of the winter landscape…

In the Garden Now: Fruits and Berries

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. As the autumn leaves tire and drop from the scene, our attention turns to the colorful fruits and berries found on many of the trees and shrubs at Wave Hill….

In the Garden Now: Plant Migrations

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Many fine container-grown plants are placed around the grounds at Wave Hill in summer. As well as adding structure and interest, they benefit from being outside in the fresh air,…

In the Garden Now –Kate French Terrace Plantings

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer’s Last Blast The summer pleasures of outdoor dining can often extend into early fall and the Kate French Terrace at Wave Hill House, an extension of The Café, is…

In the Garden Now: Aquatic and Monocot Gardens in August

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Neatly clipped hedges and century-old stone pergolas frame set the background for the Monocot and Aquatic gardens. This formal arrangement creates a pleasing rectangular symmetry, softened by the abundant foliage…