A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

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…

Plant of the Week: Watsonia humilis

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Named in honor of Sir William Watson, an eighteenth-century naturalist and doctor, this lovely flowering bulb is native to the southwestern Cape of South Africa. Watsonia humilis is one of…

Plant of the Week: Veltheimia bracteata

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A stately, South African flowering bulb, Veltheimia bracteata is commonly known as the forest lily or sand onion. Although distantly related to both lilies and onions, it is now thought to be…

Plant of the Week: Purple Bell Flower

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, commonly known as the purple bell flower, is a climbing vine from Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, and is surely one of the most bizarre blooms to be found…

Cooking with an Orchid!

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Prized by the Totonacs and Aztecs of ancient Mexico and craved by their Spanish conquerors, Vanilla planifolia, the star of this weekend’s cooking demonstration, is a unique flavoring. It is…

The Growing House

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Wave Hill gardener Susannah Strazzera can often be found in the Growing House, nurturing the tenderest of plants. Strazzera joined Wave Hill in April, 2003. Her primary responsibilities are for the Alpine House and the Shade Border. Until quite recently…