A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

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

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…

Plant of the Week: Nemesia cheiranthus ‘Masquerade’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Among the spring plantings in the beds on the Kate French Terrace outside Wave Hill House and The Café is this new and slightly bizarre little annual. It’s called the…

Fruit and Foliage: An Interview with Caroline Larsen

Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, organizes and interprets exhibitions at Wave Hill. Caroline Larsen’s Fruit in Foliage series in Wave Hill House’s Tea Room at Wave Hill House, concurrent with the exhibition (Not So) Still Life on view…

Up in Arms!

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Armor Day was the result of the combined efforts of our Public Programs staff. Armor Day at Wave Hill—February 20, 2016—was sunny and almost balmy, which made for perfect conditions for merrymaking and medieval adventures. Chivalric Life Sydney Van Nort…