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The Gardens

Intimacy of scale and carefully cultivated serendipity

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Renowned Garden Destination

Wave Hill's 28 acres of gardens and woodland are acclaimed for plantsmanship, aesthetic sensibility and the human experience of nature.

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Pergola

Framing the views of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond, the Pergola is surrounded by colorful plantings during the warmer months.

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Renowned Garden Destination

Wave Hill's 28 acres of gardens and woodland are acclaimed for plantsmanship, aesthetic sensibility and the human experience of nature.

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Flower Garden

This exuberant garden unfolds from season to season with inspired combinations of perennials, annuals bulbs and shrubs.

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Herb and Dry Gardens

Herbs and ornamental plants find shelter in these terraced gardens.

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T. H. Everett Alpine House

Plants from mountainous regions thrive indoors and in the handmade troughs on the terrace.

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"Visitors to Wave Hill first see a beautiful garden, then, layer by layer, begin to understand the complexity." — Ken Druse, garden writer and photographer

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Wild Garden

This hillside garden offers narrow paths to explore and dramatic views of the Hudson River.

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Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory

Centrally positioned in the landscape, the Conservatory invites visitors to savor each carefully selected specimen.

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Paisley Bed

The Paisley Bed is an example of seasonal bedding—that is, a decorative planting scheme intended to last only a few months.

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Conifer Slope

The cone-bearing trees in this fine collection were selected for their attractive habits and interesting foliage.

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Herbert & Hyonja Abrons Woodland

A wooded wilderness in the Bronx

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Aquatic & Monocot Gardens

A formal setting provides the framework for a display of monocots and a shallow pool

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Seasonal Highlights

"The different areas of the garden, each an original composition in its own right, have become emblems of American gardening, yet all are undergoing continual redevelopment." — Tom Christopher

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The Shade Border

This leafy area displays a great variety of ferns and other shade-loving plants. Woodland blooms cover the ground in spring, including native dogtooth violets, trilliums and elegant, dark-hued Canton fairy bells. A path runs through these plantings and leads to the Shade Border Arbor, a contemplative place to sit and take in this floral tapestry.

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The Wild Garden

This naturalistic garden is at its most enchanting in spring. Tiny species tulips, rock cresses and fritillaries pop up and flower in rapid succession, while above them, azaleas, dogwood and crabapple bloom in profusion.

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The Paisley Bed

Shaped like the teardrop motif of a Paisley pattern, this bed is planted with a succession of plantings from season to season and from year to year. Colorful tulips kick off the spring display.

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Guided garden walks, an intimate look at our living collection, happen year-round

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