Skip to content
Winter sunset

Winter at Wave Hill

Winter2020 Winter Birding Wave Hill
Scraggly pine

It's a Wonderland

The beauty of Wave Hill is sharply defined in wintertime. The magnificent old trees become prominent and views of the river more expansive. Come for the utter stillness of softly falling snow or a walk through winter woodlands.

The Conservatory is a sanctuary this time of year with its fragrant tropical flowers, splashes of bright color and enveloping warmth. Don't miss winter garden walks on Sundays, which include the Conservatory.

This season has many tempting offerings—Hibernators Weekend, workshops, bird walks and a cooking demonstration. And for the 10th anniversary of the Winter Workspace Artist Residency, a special exhibition, Returning to the Source, celebrates residents’ decade of creating art at Wave Hill.

Shades of Winter

The winter garden is very much alive. If you are in search of color, we know exactly where to send you—some spots are obvious, others a little more hidden—but the search is very much worth your while.

Winter Conifer Slope Wave Hill 3 preview
Cardinal puff
Conifer sweep

Conifer Slope

This magnificent collection of cone-bearing plants was chosen for their attractive habits and colorful foliage. Mature Norway spruces, probably planted a century ago, create a backdrop for a tapestry of blue, green, gray and gold foliage.

Read more
Wave Hill Alpine Garden credit Wave Hill 4
Wave Hill Alpine Garden credit Wave Hill
Wave Hill Alpine Garden credit Wave Hill 5

Alpine House

Diminutive rock garden plants thrive in the Alpine House. Evergreen boughs protect plants in outdoor troughs from drying winter winds. Early-blooming alpines make their appearance in February.

Read more
Wave Hill Conservatory credit Wave Hill 2
Wave Hill Conservatory credit Wave Hill 5
Wave Hill Conservatory credit Wave Hill 4

The Conservatory

Step inside and be wrapped in the wonderful warmth of the Conservatory with its welcome combination of color and fragrance. On the right, the Cactus and Succulent House displays plump and spiny plants from arid regions of the world. On the left, the steamy Tropical House hosts ferns, bromeliads, rainforest cacti and other tender plants.

Read more

Winter Program Highlights

Pine branch
  • Talks + Tours

Walks with the Gardeners: Growing and Propagation Areas

In summer you see the tender plants, in winter you don't. Where do they go? Join gardener Christopher Bivens for a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the propagation greenhouse, potting shed and other winter growing places with Wave Hill gardener Christopher Bivens.
Winter2020 Walks with the Gardeners Growing and Propagation Areas Wave Hill
  • Workshops

The Wave Hill Chair

Wave Hill’s inspirational landscape is complemented by the iconic Wave Hill Chair. In this two-day workshop, construct your own under the guidance of master woodworker and Wave Hill Director of Facilities Frank Perrone.
  • Nature
  • Talks + Tours

Winter Birding

Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow to observe birds in their winter habitats.
  • Music + Performances


PUBLIQuartet's brand of rock meets jazz meets stylistically crazed group composition touches on deeper connections between traditional, modern and contemporary music.

Winter Workspace

The Winter Workspace artists have been busy! Stop by to meet them and see their creations in Glyndor Gallery—Sunday, March 8 from 1:00 to 3:00PM.

Red in winter

Visit Tip

When chill winds blow, there's nothing better than stepping into the warmth of Wave Hill House for hot chocolate and brownies in The Café—open 10AM to 3PM in January and February.