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Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Bronx, New York 10471-2899
Voice: 718-549-3200

With dramatic views of the Hudson River in the background and exuberant combinations of plants up close, the Flower Garden is a feast for the senses. Rustic cedar fences, benches, shrubs and brick pathways form the year-round structure of the garden and support an ever-changing collection of plants from mid-winter through late fall. With informal combinations of both vintage and modern perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs and other tender exotics, this garden inspires visitors with adventurous ideas for their own gardens, containers or window boxes.

The Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, a trio of glass houses honoring Wave Hill’s founding Director of Horticulture, shelters tender plants from around the world. Through the portico is the Palm House, where a display of South African bulbs and other tender plants explode with a riot of color during the winter months. Connected to the Palm House are the Cacti and Succulent House with its collection of plants from arid climates and the Tropical House featuring a diversity of plants from warm and humid regions of the world.

Select wild species from around the world are combined to achieve the Wild Garden’s planted-by-nature effect. Intensive cultivation yields abundant abandon: the yews are pruned two times each year to maintain their billowing, cloudlike forms and self-sowing annuals and perennials are selectively edited. The meandering path’s changing materials and elevations guide a visitor’s steps toward the most advantageous views. A hillside garden and gazebo have existed in this location at Wave Hill since at least 1915.

Tropical and hardy water plants and grasses enhance and soften the formal proportions of a garden pool. At its best in late summer through the fall, Aquatic Garden highlights include water lilies, lotus and other aquatic plants. Vine-covered pergolas provide a shady refuge while displaying the range of ways vines climb—twining, clinging and grabbing. Upright plants that grow within the pool and on its margins heighten the garden’s graceful formality. The diversity of monocots, which produce single seed leaves upon germination, is the focus of the adjacent Monocot Garden. Taro, banana, grasses and grains are a crucial part of the world’s food supply. In combination with showy monocots like lilies, cannas, and daylilies, they offer a sensuous celebration of texture and form.

The Special Collections provide additional year-round destinations in the gardens. The Shade Border displays wildflowers and shade-loving plants in early spring and invites cool, sun-free strolling during the hot summer months. A garden room with spectacular views, the Elliptical Garden uses patterned stonework and formal proportions in the tradition of a parterre with a non-traditional palette of plants native to the northeastern United States. The Lilac Border's suberb display of fragrant and colorful flowers peaks in April and May. Viburnums and other shrubs in the Viburnum Bed flower in the spring and feature showy berries in the fall.



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