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Open year-round, Wave Hill is a spectacular jewel of a public garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Our mission is to connect people to the natural world in meaningful and lasting ways through myriad programs in the arts, horticulture and education.

Please see press coverage, institutional news and Wave Hill press releases below. We are happy to set up a visit to the gardens, provide high-resolution images, help you research stories, and schedule a photo shoot or an interview.

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Martha Gellens

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From Wave Hill

Sarah and Geoffrey Gund photo Sarah Merians

Honoring the Memory of Sarah Gund

The Board of Directors and staff of Wave Hill deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend Sarah Gund, who died on August 18 at the age of 81. Sarah was a passionate, life-long educator who sought to improve the lives of all around her and gave tirelessly to others and to her community. She was Wave Hill’s guiding light for more than a decade, serving on the Board and most recently as Board Co-chair. She led with wisdom, compassion, grace and generosity, guiding the organization through times of tremendous growth, including Wave Hill’s 50th Anniversary and the challenges of the pandemic. Sarah cared deeply for Wave Hill's staff, and was a champion of our educational programs, especially our beloved Family Art Project. She continued the work started by her parents—her father Gilbert Kerlin was Wave Hill’s founder and first chairman, and her mother Sally helped create Wave Hill’s first educational programs. Sarah and her husband Geoffrey’s transformative support included funding the renovation of The Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center and The Sarah and Geoffrey Gund Theater in Wave Hill House. We will miss Sarah’s gentle but firm way, her empathy, kindness and insight, and most of all her friendship, laughter and beautiful smile. We send our heartfelt sympathy to her devoted husband Geoffrey, her siblings, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and the entire family. A memorial will be held at Wave Hill this fall.

If you would like to make a gift in memory of Sarah, learn more here.

Geoffrey and Sarah Gund. Photo: Sarah Merians.

Press Releases

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Wave Hill Announces New Leadership Beginning in Late July, 2023

Wave Hill has announced that Ray B. Oladapo-Johnson, currently in a senior position at Friend of the High Line, will become the garden's President & Executive Director in late July, 2023. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a horticulturist and senior executive managing public green spaces in urban areas.

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Wave Hill’s Annual Gardeners’ Party September 21 to Honor Garden Writer and Podcaster Margaret Roach

This year’s annual Gardeners’ Party fundraiser brings the horticultural community together in this stunning setting to honor renowned garden writer and podcaster Margaret Roach.

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A New Exhibition at Wave Hill Inspired by Light and Water Opens August 19, 2023

Light from Water presents new works by Heidi Howard and Esteban Cabeza de Baca that share a deep-seated connection with the natural world. This exhibition asks us to reimagine our relationship to nature and to see ourselves as part of the world’s collective ecosystem. In the Sunroom Project Space are two solo shows by Jill Cohen-Nuñez and Max Benjamin Sarmiento, Wave Hill’s 2023 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows.

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Bees, Butterflies & Blooms Weekend August 12–13, 2023

Celebrate the winged creatures who beautify our gardens and put food on our tables during Wave Hill’s Bees, Butterflies & Blooms Weekend, August 12–13!

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Scented Plants Sunday at Wave Hill July 16, 2023

Celebrate the scents of summer when the air is perfumed with fragrant flowers and foliage. Explore the gardens with our experts, sample tasty herbal recipes and take a bit of summer home with you after making your own natural smudge bundles or plant inspired perfumes. Activities for gardeners and budding herbalists of all ages.

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Wave Hill Announces Summer 2023 Outdoor Performing Arts Season

Wave Hill’s Summer 2023 outdoor performing arts season features worldclass artists who give voice to the diverse soundscape of the city. This year’s outdoor programming ushers in a multi-year partnership with Carnegie Hall Citywide, followed by the garden’s beloved Sunset Wednesdays series throughout the month of July. Capping off the summer season on August 2 is the much-anticipated return of Grammy winner Samara Joy—born and raised in the Bronx— fresh off her double Grammy win this spring.

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Wave Hill Summer 2023 Exhibition Blurs the Lines Between the Natural and the Digital

Opening mid-June, Tap Root is an exhibition of recent fabric pieces and works on paper by the artist duo LoVid, an ongoing collaboration between Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus since 2002. The pair embraces rapidly shifting technologies, ranging from the early-2000s circuit-bending and Net Art to today’s digital culture and Web3 (blockchain technology).

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Wave Hill Announces 2023 Van Lier Fellow Exhibitions

Wave Hill is thrilled to announce the 2023 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows, Jill Cohen-Nuñez and Max Sarmiento. They bring distinct perspectives to the garden as they reflect on how we engage with the natural world. Wave Hill is proud to support these two artists as their work continues to explore the ways in which nature, culture and art are deeply connected.

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In The News

“Pay a visit to ‘the most romantic place in New York City’ – the Bronx’s Wave Hill.”
- YES Network Bronx Beat, June 2023 Watch the video
“Travelling slightly further north to the Bronx provides an opportunity to visit Wave Hill, a horticultural oasis that feels miles away from New York City. The 28-acre estate has two houses whose gardens are home to a magnificent collection of plants with views across to the Hudson River… If you are an avid twitcher, the diversity of bird life here is something to look out for and I am always excited to spot a hummingbird darting from flower to flower.”
- Financial Times, May 2023 Read the article
"You’ll have a sense of calm while strolling the Flower Garden with rows of bulbs, perennials, and shrubs lining the paths; likewise, you can explore the Herb and Dry Gardens with assorted herbs and ornamental plants."
- Travel Lens, May 2023 Read the article
“We’ll never forget the beauty of this location!” Tamron Hall hosts her special Mother’s Day Extravaganza show from the gardens at Wave Hill.
- @tamronhallshow, May 2023 Learn more
“At Wave Hill, guests are treated to a series of distinct and intimate gardens along with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades across the way. The twenty acres of natural landscapes are composed of gardens and woodland in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx.”
- untapped new york, May 2023 Read the article
“Carnegie Hall Citywide welcomes three new partnerships this summer with concerts at Wave Hill in the Bronx featuring the Attacca Quartet… Following a standout series of Citywide concerts last summer, the ensemble now brings is gifts to the Bronx’s beautiful Wave Hill."
- Broadway World, April 2023 Read the article
"With its celebrated grounds and scenic views, the 28-acre estate offers a romantic setting for an unforgettable wedding. Exchange vows under the lushly planted Pergola overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, celebrate your first dance in historic Armor Hall at Wave Hill House and photograph your wedding party by the Aquatic Garden, Armor Hall welcomes up to 130 guests with room for a small band and dance floor,"
- Bridal Guide Magazine, Jan/Feb 2023 Read the article

Photography Policy

Wave Hill has a large archive of high-resolution garden and program images. To request use of any of these images to promote Wave Hill for non-commercial, editorial purposes, please contact Please provide proper credit on any photo provided by Wave Hill.

Members of the media interested in taking photos or video for editorial purposes at Wave Hill must request permission prior to their visit. See our policy for commercial photography, video and film and for weddings and family photo shoots. All shoots, whatever the purpose, are prohibited without receiving permission in advance, and may require payment of a fee.