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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…

This Week in the Gardens: Inspiring Late-Summer Plant Combinations (Aug 29)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, explores evidence of fall in the gardens. After a (busy) summer hiatus, we return to the blog with some inspiring, late-summer plant combinations from the Flower Garden and Elliptical Garden. Just a taste…

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: Spring Preening (Apr 8)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, shares evidence of the new season arriving at Wave Hill. It’s the first week of April and spring is finally settling over Wave after a cold and blustery March. The gardeners are busy…

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,…

The Name Game—Who Were They?

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Marilyn Young is Horticultural Assistant at Wave Hill. If you find Latin botanical names tedious, consider names that commemorate people. Horticulture namesakes tend to have wonderful stories. The Swedish Professors of Botany Olaus Rudbeck and his son Olaus the Younger…

A Winter’s Label Tale, or A Rose by Any Other Name…Might Just Have the Wrong Label

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Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day is Wave Hill’s guru of plant labeling, a science and an art that is an integral part of the visitor experience of our garden landscape.  Plant labels—love them, or hate them? Labels in…

This Week in the Gardens: Winter Solstice (Dec 21)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, welcomes the arrival of winter in the gardens. December 21 and winter is officially here! There is plenty to see in the gardens. Here’s a glimpse of what you are missing…

Before and After Hurricane Sandy, Part 1 (Nov 5)

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Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, checks on the state of the gardens post-Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy descended upon Wave Hill and swept the autumn away, along with our electricity and a few damaged trees. Miraculously we…

Fig Fancies

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Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticulture Interpreter Charles Day, fruit expert and fig fancier, led the cooking demonstration October 13. These demonstrations, keyed to the seasons, happen occasionally each year. Cooking demos at Wave Hill are always enjoyable occasions. This…