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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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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

Tucked away in the northwest corner of the garden, the Shade Border features two, perpendicular paths that meet at an arbor. Spring is the season to start adding this corner to your visits. Plants bloom profusely and abundantly this time of year, but only briefly.

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Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory

Once cooler weather arrives, plants are brought into the Palm House, the central space in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, from our growing areas. There they form a constantly refreshed display as they come into peak bloom. Colorful and fragrant, the Palm House is a vibrant space all winter and into early spring.

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T. H. Everett Alpine House

Indigenous to the mountainous areas, alpine plants are accustomed to long, cold winters, and begin to flower soon after the snow melts. Early spring is a good time to catch many of our alpine plants in bloom. Notice their bright colors: with few pollinators at high altitudes, they've found a good way to attract their attention.

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Bench in winter

Don't miss our Public Garden Highlights Walks every Sunday at 2pm

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