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A Fine Young Elm Comes Down

July 13 2017

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….

Plant of the Week: Cornelian Cherry

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Cornus mas (the cornelian cherry) is a small tree that makes its presence known in early spring. Masses of delicate, soft-yellow flowers appear in March. Not surprisingly, it is often…

Documenting Some of the City’s Longest Living Residents: An Interview with Benjamin Swett

Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. Writer and photographer Benjamin Swett joined Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day to lead a packed “Berries, Bark and Trees Walk” this past Saturday, followed by…

Do Gardeners Catch Spring Fever?

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Of course, we do. But it’s a chronic condition that arrives with the earliest buds and doesn’t let up till sometime in late fall. This year, more than any other in recent…