A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

In the Garden Now: Aquatic and Monocot Gardens in August

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Neatly clipped hedges and century-old stone pergolas frame set the background for the Monocot and Aquatic gardens. This formal arrangement creates a pleasing rectangular symmetry, softened by the abundant foliage…

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…

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: Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurel)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Laurus nobilis is known by many names: bay tree, sweet bay, bay laurel, true laurel or just laurel. This tree pervades our culture. The word laurel crops up here and…

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…

Plant of the Week: Oenothera macrocarpa (Missouri Evening Primrose)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. One of the beds in our Wild Garden is planted deliberately with low-growing annuals and perennials in order to provide a pleasing contrast to the surrounding plantings, most of which…

Plant of the Week: Actinidia arguta (Hardy Kiwi)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Our Italianate Pergola, situated on the Great Lawn, frames the majestic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. Growing atop it is a large hardy kiwi plant (Actinidia arguta)….