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In the Garden Now: The Flower Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The design of Wave Hill’s Flower Garden takes its inspiration from the Arts and Crafts gardening style, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the main…

In the Garden Now: Everything’s Coming Up Paisley

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Paisley Bed is an example of seasonal bedding—that is, a decorative planting scheme intended to last only a few months. It is a form of gardening which was…

In the Garden Now: Deep Burgundy and Pure White

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A Wild Garden has a “planted by nature” appearance. It is an informal style of gardening but one which involves thoughtful design and management. Arising from the Art and Crafts…

Material Culture as Visual Language: An Interview with Elana Herzog

Phoebe van Essche was a Curatorial Intern at Wave Hill through mid-February, 2019. She worked closely with the 2019 Winter Workspace Session 1 Artists, and sat down with of the artists in the program, Elana Herzog, to discuss her work,…

Duy Hoàng: The Art of Mad Science and (Quasi) Natural History

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Emily Alesandrini is a writer, curator, advocate and culture enthusiast living and working in New York. Her research concerns contemporary representations of race and gender with a particular focus on issues of displacement, marginalization and the body in art by…

Plant of the Week: Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Japanese Forest Grass cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Some plantings rely more on foliage than on flowers. Leaves of different textures and shades, for example, can offer much interest, even in what might seem to be unpromising locations….

Plant of the Week: Allium altaicum (Altai Onion)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. We have many types of ornamental onion in the gardens at Wave Hill, perhaps the oddest, and maybe the goofiest, is the Altai onion (Allium altaicum). Upright, thick, tubular leaves…

Plant of the Week: Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’ (Clematis hybrid)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Covering the fence beside the western entrance to the Flower Garden is one of the Wave Hill gardeners’ favorite plants. It is Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, a cross between C. flammula…

Plant of the Week: Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Although a few of Wave Hill’s hardy water lilies are in bloom this week, many of the plants in the Aquatic Garden are biding their time for their big moment…

Plant of the Week: Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is native to the mountainous parts of Eastern Europe, and has been a popular garden plant for centuries. Its soft, light-green leaves resemble little cloaks—explaining the…