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Plant of the Week: Myrmecodia tuberosa (Ant Plant)


Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Ant plants have a unique symbiotic relationship. The plant provides accommodation while the ants provide nutrition. Hidden inside the thickened stem are dozens of chambers, some larger than others,…

Plant of the Week: Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)


Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is a native of the warm lands of the eastern Mediterranean but survives the cold winters here in the Northeast provided it has some shelter….

Plant of the Week: Cryptanthus fosterianus ‘Elaine’ (Earth Star cultivar)


Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Wave Hill’s Tropical House, the left-hand arm of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains many decorative plants, and one of the most striking is Cryptanthus fosterianus ‘Elaine,’ a member of…

Plant of the Week: Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Small and highly decorative, the jewel orchid is aptly named. It has attractive, dark-greenish-red leaves, marked with contrasting, pale veins. Spikes of small, pure-white and lightly fragrant flowers appear for…

The Tropical House—Starring the Jade Vine!

Jade plant blooming close-up

Wave Hill gardener Jen Cimino earned her BS in Wildlife Management and Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire, where she got her first taste of horticulture.  In the last five years, her responsibilities have included the Tropical House…

floating oases: An interview with Amy Lincoln


Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. On view in the Tea Room in Wave Hill House December 8, 2015–March 27, 2016 is a selection of Amy Lincoln’s paintings—floating oases. The show includes several…

Shattering Cloudy Mirrors: An Interview with Nicolás Dumit Estevez

Baptism as a Bronxite performance, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

David Xu Borgonjon, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, helps make Wave Hill a welcoming space for artists and a stimulating experience for visitors.  Nicolás Dumit Estévez speaks with a softness that belies his convictions. In a decades-long practice of art…

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


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…

This Week in the Gardens: August Arrives—Scenes from Around the Garden (Aug 4)

salvia argentea

Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, offers a sampling of plants that are thriving in the dog days of summer. Earlier in the season we visited the newly-planted Monocot Garden. Most plants in the Monocot Garden love the…

A New Year in the Winter Workspace

Danielle Durchslag at work in her Winter Workspace studio space. Photo credit Joshua Bright

John Minieri is a Curatorial Fellow in Wave Hill’s Visual Arts Department. The New Year is only two weeks old and things at Wave Hill are already off to a great start as we continue to prepare ourselves for the…