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In the Garden Now: Early to Bed, Early to Rise

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Glorious displays of colorful tulips don’t happen at short notice. Planning begins in late summer and, although the Paisley Bed might seem bare right now, it is fully planted and…

In the Gardens Now: Colorful Willow and Dogwood Stems

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Multi-stemmed willows and dogwoods are a colorful feature of the winter landscape at Wave Hill. They are especially striking when arranged in contrasting groups—as this planting bed in the image…

In the Garden Now: Evergreens in the Wild Garden

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Evergreens can easily be overlooked in summer but now, with deciduous trees bare and the rest of the plant life going dormant, they become the mainstay of the winter landscape…

Material Culture as Visual Language: An Interview with Elana Herzog

Phoebe van Essche was a Curatorial Intern at Wave Hill through mid-February, 2019. She worked closely with the 2019 Winter Workspace Session 1 Artists, and sat down with of the artists in the program, Elana Herzog, to discuss her work,…

Plant of the Week: Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephant’s Foot)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Wave Hill’s Cactus and Succulent House, which occupies the right-hand wing of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, contains some decidedly weird-looking plants. One of the most bizarre is the elephant’s…

Plant of the Week: Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Despite threats of snow and freezing temperatures, some early-blooming plants start to wake up during the second half of February. The cheerful winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is emerging now in…

Plant of the Week: Viola ‘Conte di Brazza’ (Parma Violet cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. A visit to the T.H. Everett Alpine House on a sunny day this week will be rewarded by a waft of delicious perfume. Its source is this white, double-flowered cultivar…

Plant of the Week: Hesperantha vaginata (Harlequin Evening Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. These striking, yellow and brown blooms belong to the harlequin evening flower (Hesperantha vaginata), a member of the iris family (Iridaceae). Native to a high plateau in the southwest of…

Plant of the Week: Lapeirousia silenoides (Lapeirousia species)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. Among the many colorful flowering South African bulbs one of the most jewel-like is Lapeirousia silenoides. It is a tiny plant, barely 4 inches high, but it produces a succession…

Plant of the Week: Aloe mcloughlinii (Mcloughlin’s Aloe)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter. There are many aloes—more than 500 species—and most of them are native to eastern and southern Africa. They vary in size and habit but they all have a rosette of…