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Plant of the Week: Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade Vine)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Turquoise is not a common color in the plant world but that is exactly the hue of the extraordinary blooms of the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Native to the Philippines,…

Plant of the Week: Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Stinking hellebore, despite its unfortunate name, is a very welcome sight in the early spring. Its light-green flowers and their Chartreuse bracts—leaf-like structures that surround them—contrast nicely with the finely…

Plant of the Week: Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf Sweet Box)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) is a low-growing evergreen shrub that blooms in late winter or very early spring. The flowers are small, white and very fragrant. In…

The Edge of Place: An Interview with Rachael Wren

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Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. She completed this interview prior to finishing her Fellowship at the end of June, 2016. Specific moments observed in nature are catalysts for Rachael Wren’s abstract…

Ready-Made Dreams: An Interview with Sue Johnson

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Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. (Not So) Still Life, on view in Glyndor Gallery through July 04, 2016, presents novel ways that contemporary artists are transforming the still life genre to…

Introducing the 2016 Nally Interns

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. In mid-April, just in time for the quick pace of spring gardening, Wave Hill welcomed this year’s Nally Interns, who join a distinguished tradition of apprenticeship that goes back a quarter-century. The five took a moment…

Away to Chanticleer!

Marilyn Young is Wave Hill’s Horticulture Assistant. For some time, a small group from Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture Committee (FOH) has been planning to take a moment in May to visit Chanticleer, a splendid garden outside of Philadelphia that…

Birding at Wave Hill: Mother’s Day 50 Birds

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An expert birder and naturalist, Gabriel Willow leads walks and excursions all over the world, yet he has an easygoing and accessible way of encouraging new birders without overwhelming them with information. His walks are a regular feature of each…

Bending and Weaving: Notes from the Wild Garden

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Wave Hill gardener Gelene Scarborough started gardening as a child in North Carolina. When she moved to New York City, she began by gardening for private rooftop gardens. Her career got its start at Wave Hill back in 1997 when…

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…