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Plant of the Week: Magnolia denudata (Yulan/Lily Magnolia)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s grandest magnolia tree is the lily magnolia or yulan (Magnolia denudata). A prodigious presence on the edge of the lawn, it stands close to the Front Gate,…

Plant of the Week: Acacia baileyana var. purpurea – Cootamundra Wattle (Purple Form)

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Alison Filosa joined Wave Hill in late fall 2017 as Horticultural Interpreter. A former John Nally Intern at Wave Hill, she has experience in both private and public horticulture, including the Queens Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the High…

Plant of the Week: Cunninghamia lanceolata ‘Glauca’ (China Fir cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The China fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) is a handsome tree from Southeast Asia. We have three specimens in the Conifer Slope, to the north of Wave Hill House. Two of…

A Fine Young Elm Comes Down

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Senior Director of Horticulture. Over the next few days, visitors are like to notice a new stump on the edge of the Great Lawn, near the Perkins Visitor Center. Until the early hours this Friday,…

Plant of the Week: Magnolia ×soulangeana ‘Lennei’ (Saucer Magnolia cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The severe cold spell in March—which followed an extraordinarily warm February—damaged the swelling buds of many of our spring-flowering magnolias. The result has been a rather scattershot display this month….

Plant of the Week: Taxodium distichum (Bald, or Swamp, Cypress)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Oaks, maples, hickories and other broadleaved trees are expected to put on a colorful display in the autumn but, perhaps surprisingly, there are some deciduous conifers quite capable of adding…

Concolor Fir ‘Berkshire Blue’ Debuts at the Auction

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. In my first post about the auction items that we are assembling for the Gardeners’ Party on September 15, I mentioned stopping by Windy Hill Farm in Great Barrington, MA, to pick…

A Summer Jaunt Collecting Auction Items

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Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Wednesday night two weeks ago I took off for Copake Falls, NY, and the home of Margaret Roach, blogger extraordinaire (awaytogarden.com). It was the first leg of a 24-hour circuit collecting some…

Plant of the Week: Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill is graced by a number of hundred-year-old, small-leaved lindens, Tilia cordata, and now is their peak bloom time. Stand under any of them on a warm afternoon and…

A Once-Mighty Magnolia Falls

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. We’ve been dressing the gardens for the annual gala this Thursday evening, and with the weather suddenly warmer and sunny, we’ve gotten even busier. But we had an unwelcome task as well….