A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Project Alpine House

Louis Bauer is Wave Hill’s Director of Horticulture. Wave Hill’s Alpine House gives visitors the opportunity to view our collection of beautiful alpine plants up close. The house and adjacent terrace were built in 1983 by Wave Hill’s Friends of…

Plant of the Week: Adonis amurensis (Adonis/Pheasant’s-eye)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  One of the very first perennials to bloom at the start of the growing season is the cheerful, yellow-flowered Adonis amurensis. It usually flowers right after the winter snows have…

Plant of the Week: Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Orange Beauty’ (Witch Hazel cultivar)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.  Winter-blooming witch hazels are one of the joys of a visit to the garden in February. They are in flower throughout the month whenever the weather is not completely frigid—even…

Plant of the Week: Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. “What is that yellow flower?” is a frequent question from our winter visitors. As the common name suggests, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) does indeed flower this time of year, but…

Plant of the Week: Lachenalia aloides var. aurea (Cape Cowslip/Opal Flower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Lachenalia aloides var. aurea is one of the many winter-flowering South African bulbs that can be seen at Wave Hill this time of year. The Lachenalias are commonly referred to…

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…

Plant of the Week: Canarina canariensis (Canary Island Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Native to pockets of cloud forest in the mountains of the Canary Islands, this climbing vine, shown here in the foreground of this first shot, is programmed to do all…

Plant of the Week: Tetradenia riparia (Iboza)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. A pleasant, spicy scent hangs in the air of the Palm House this time of year and its origin is not immediately obvious. Only when accidentally brushed does the culprit…

Plant of the Week: Lapageria rosea (Chilean Bellflower)

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. The Chilean bellflower is a climbing vine with lustrous, green leaves and waxy, glowing-pink flowers. Wave Hill’s lovely young specimen is blooming in the Palm House this month. It is…

Plant of the Week: Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’

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Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. Although a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae), this decorative flowering shrub has been called the “tropical rose hydrangea” and it’s not hard to see why: it does look very…