A public garden & cultural center

Next Epoch Seed Library (NESL)

Winter Workspace 2017

Pictured above:
NESL at William Paterson University, Court Gallery
Living Together: Nurturing Nature in the Built Environment, 2016
Courtesy of the artists


Next Epoch Seed Library is a project by Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons. They met while attending environmental workshops, eventually shared ideas and initiated NESL. Irons and Percoco gather and collect seeds from various abandoned urban sites in the greater New York City area to collect data on the adaptability and resilience of these plants. Through workshops, public lectures and walks they inform the community of these diverse ecosystems that explore topics including soil stabilization, moisture retention, heat-island reversal, toxic bioaccumulation and medicinal and nutritional attributes. The 2017 Winter Workspace will serve as the NESL headquarters and will investigate Wave Hill’s gardens and ecology, in addition to providing workshops.

Anne Percoco has exhibited nationally at venues such as Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial in 2011 at Wave Hill; Anchorage Museum; the Islip Arts Museum; and the U.S. Botanic Garden and internationally in India, Italy, Germany, Chile, the Netherlands, and Estonia. Ellie Irons previously exhibited in the 2013 Drawn to Nature exhibition at Wave Hill; Court Gallery at William Paterson University; Jamacia Center for Arts and Learning; Residency Unlimited; Queens Museum; Pioneer Works; No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab; and internationally in Colombia, Germany, Latvia, Italy and more. 

Learn more about NESL here.
Learn more about Anne Percoco here.
Learn more about Ellie Iron here.


Irons and Percoco will be present for Drop-In Sundays from 1-3pm on January 15 and 22. 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.