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The Wild Garden

A Naturalistic Hillside

Overlooked by a rustic gazebo dating back to the 1910s, this seemingly planted-by-nature garden is subject to constant, careful curation. This is the highest point in the garden, and views can be enjoyed from the comfort of a bench in the gazebo or while exploring this managed wilderness.

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Based on concepts championed by Irish gardener William Robinson in the 1870s, the Wild Garden invites the visitor to wander its narrow, winding paths.

Even for Wave Hill, the site is dramatic: a cascade of more than a dozen beds spilling down a southwest-facing hillside with a panoramic view of the Hudson River. And make no mistake, this garden is fully as extraordinary as the setting.
Tom Christopher Garden writer, author of Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill
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Snowdrops and crocuses show off the first blooms of the year in late winter. Flowering continues through spring and summer and extends well into autumn. Late asters and salvias reach their peak in October.

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Evergreens in the Wild Garden

Evergreens can easily be overlooked in summer. In winter, they become the mainstay of the winter landscape at Wave Hill, particularly in the Wild Garden.

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Japanese forest grass cultivar

A chartreuse-colored selection of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’) lights up a shady section of the Wild Garden, providing a perfect foil to the darker greens of the surrounding plants.

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Altai Onion

We have many types of ornamental onion in the gardens at Wave Hill, perhaps the oddest, and maybe the goofiest, is the Altai onion (Allium altaicum).

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