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Plant of the Week: Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Chromatella’ (Water Lily cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Claude Monet’s passion for painting water lilies was the direct result of the horticultural efforts of another Frenchman, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac. Until the late 19th century all species of…

Plant of the Week: Euphorbia cyathophora (Fire-on-the-Mountain)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Fire-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia cyathophoroa) is native to much of the Americas and is a self-sowing annual. That means that although the plant will live for only one growing season, the…

Plant of the Week: Indigofera amblyantha (Chinese, or Pink, Indigo)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Chinese indigo (Indigofera amblyantha) is a large, slightly rangy shrub with a very long flowering season. From late spring into early fall, it produces successive spikes of delicate, rose-pink…

Plant of the Week: Salvia sagittata (Arrow Leaf Sage)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The angular, pointed leaves of this sage are unmistakably arrow-head shaped and it’s no surprise that both the common and botanical names refer to this characteristic. The Latin word…

Plant of the Week: Canna ‘Intrigue’ (Canna cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the wonders of the Aquatic Garden this summer is the superbly elegant Canna ‘Intrigue.’ Its long and narrow leaves are generously tinted with burgundy and provide a perfect…

Plant of the Week: Codonopsis lanceolata (Codonopsis/Bonnet Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The Shade Border Arbor, completed a few years ago, has given our gardeners a wonderful new structure to use as support for some interesting vines. One of them is…

Plant of the Week: Lilium leichtlinii (Leichtlin’s Lily)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Leichtlin’s lily (Lilium leichtlinii) grows up to four feet high and produces masses of golden-yellow flowers. They are tinged a dark red at the base and have purple freckles…

Putting NYC (Invasives) On the Map

Baruch Tauber joined Wave Hill’s Education team in late May as Forest Project Senior Crewleader, and is running the PRISM invasives monitoring initiative. Tauber holds a degree in landscape architecture. This post from the field comes as New York State’s…

Plant of the Week: Pelargonium graveolens (Rose-scented Geranium)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many species of scented geranium, each with its own unique aroma, released whenever the foliage is lightly brushed. Besides being excellent plants for garden containers, they are…

2018 Teen Internships Get underway

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Barry Kogan, Wave Hill’s Senior Manager of Youth Programs, manages Wave Hill’s Forest Project, a six-week, paid summer internship for teens that works to improve the ecology of the Bronx, and the Woodland Ecology Restoration Mentorship (WERM), a 14-month program for…