A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Feathered Friends….Recollections on Teaching at Wave Hill

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Mixed-media artist Wennie Huang, PSA, a frequent teacher at Wave Hill art workshops, produces works that range from small drawings and limited-edition books and projects, to site-specific installations, including a permanent mural installation inspired by a tree in Inwood in…

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

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Summer has truly arrived at Wave Hill when the linden trees flower. We have several fine examples of the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata) and they are in full bloom…

Plant of the Week: Darmera peltata (Umbrella Plant)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. The Shade Border is home to woodland plants from many parts of the world. One of the oddest is the umbrella plant (Darmera peltata), from the cool, wooded creek-sides…

Plant of the Week: Maianthemum stellatum (Starry False Solomon’s Seal)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  The white, star-shaped flowers of this spring-blooming plant may have long since finished, but they are replaced by fascinating fruits. As they ripen, the fruits turn from green to dark…

Plant of the Week: Erigeron pulchellus var. pulchellus ‘Lynnhaven Carpet’ (Robin’s Plantain cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Under the linden tree in front of Wave Hill House are several patches of this excellent native ground cover plant.   In the wild, Robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) is found…

Plant of the Week: Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Stinking hellebore, despite its unfortunate name, is a very welcome sight in the early spring. Its light-green flowers and their Chartreuse bracts—leaf-like structures that surround them—contrast nicely with the finely…

Plant of the Week: Solanum atropurpureum (Purple Devil)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Solanum atropurpureum, a dramatic member of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), is commonly called purple devil or malevolence. These frightful names refer not only to its threatening, dark-purple, spine-covered stems, but…

The Edge of Place: An Interview with Rachael Wren

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Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. She completed this interview prior to finishing her Fellowship at the end of June, 2016. Specific moments observed in nature are catalysts for Rachael Wren’s abstract…

An Elevated View of Wave Hill

Just ahead of a summer rain, writer/photographer Jim Wright and LightHawk pilot Steve Kent flew up the Hudson River to get some aerial views of Wave Hill. LightHawk is an international group of volunteer pilots who donate their time to…

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…