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Plant of the Week: Ligularia ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (Leopard Plant Cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Ligularia ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ (leopard plant cultivar) is one of the most handsome plants of the Shade Border, a tree-lined walk in a quiet corner of the garden. Its dark-maroon foliage…

Plant of the Week: Sauromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Should you be strolling in the Shade Border over the next few days, you might just catch the gentle aroma of cow manure. The origin of this odor is not…

Plant of the Week: Lunaria annua

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Known by many names, including honesty, silver-dollar plant and moneywort, this European native is decorative in both spring and fall. Right now, it is topped by handsome, purple flowers and…

This Week in the Gardens: The Last Hurrah

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, takes stock of the gardens before the first deep freeze of winter. After a long and glorious fall at Wave Hill, the temperature plunged below 30 degrees this past Tuesday night, snuffing out…

Spring Unfurls!

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Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill.  Everywhere you look it is beautiful as spring unfolds at Wave Hill, each direction meriting a visit. One that should not be missed is the Shade Border, located in the northeast…

This Week in the Gardens: Winter into Spring (Feb 26)

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Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day looks for small signs of spring. I love observing the changes as one season pivots into the next, and late February is one of these special moments. Certainly, winter is not yet over,…

This Week in the Gardens A Curious Clan, The Arum Family (May 22)

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Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer highlights what’s new in the gardens this week. A few members of the Arum family (Araceae) are showing off their bold foliage and unusual flowers this week. Look for an inflorescence consisting of…

Berried Shrubs and Trees

 Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill. With the ideal of a garden as a year-round pleasure, it may be easy to delight in summer, but gardeners may be less certain how to sustain interest and color from fall…

The Sweetest Gift: The Fragrant Garden

Marilyn Young is the Horticulture Assistant at Wave Hill.   Fragrance has been called the voice of inanimate things, and like music, a fragrant garden can touch the emotions deeply.   The revered British gardener and author William Robinson advised (in…

The Signs of Spring

Charles Day is the Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter at Wave Hill.   It’s a nice spring day and you are strolling in Wave Hill’s Shade Border or the Wild Garden and you see some leafy plants with lovely violet-blue flowers.  Nearby…