A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Genista canariensis (Canary Island Broom)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This cheery member of the pea and bean family (Fabaceae) comes from the sunny Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In climates with colder winters, such as here in…

Plant of the Week: Bartlettina sordida (syn. Eupatorium sordidum)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  This plant has several common names, including “dirty thoroughwort,” “blue mist flower” and “purple torch of the clouds.” It has more than one scientific name, too: it is now known…

Plant of the Week: Lachenalia aloides var. aurea (Cape Cowslip/Opal Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Lachenalia aloides var. aurea is one of the many winter-flowering South African bulbs that can be seen at Wave Hill this time of year. The Lachenalias are commonly referred to…

Plant of the Week: Canarina canariensis (Canary Island Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Native to pockets of cloud forest in the mountains of the Canary Islands, this climbing vine, shown here in the foreground of this first shot, is programmed to do all…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A pleasant, spicy scent hangs in the air of the Palm House this time of year and its origin is not immediately obvious. Only when accidentally brushed does the culprit…

Plant of the Week: Lapageria rosea (Chilean Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The Chilean bellflower is a climbing vine with lustrous, green leaves and waxy, glowing-pink flowers. Wave Hill’s lovely young specimen is blooming in the Palm House this month. It is…

Plant of the Week: Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Although a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae), this decorative flowering shrub has been called the “tropical rose hydrangea” and it’s not hard to see why: it does look very…

Plant of the Week: Haemanthus deformis (Haemanthus sp.)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This curious flower is just one of the many South African bulbs that may be seen during the winter months in the Palm House, the central greenhouse of the Marco…

Plant of the Week: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis (Buddha’s Hand Citron)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. This weird-looking citrus fruit is a natural, and extraordinary, variation of the more regular, round-shaped citron (Citrus medica). The Buddha’s hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis) originated in China and for…

Behind the Scenes in the Wood Shop and Palm House

Director Facilities and Capital Projects Frank Perrone and Director of Horticulture Louis Bauer collaborated this spring and summer on a restoration in the Palm House of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory.  Working constantly in and around the Palm House, Horticulture…