Wave Hill’s intimate scale makes it an ideal place for horticultural instruction in the collegial atmosphere of a world-class working garden. Named in honor of the late John Nally, curator of Wave Hill’s gardens until 1988, the John Nally Intern Program is a hands-on apprenticeship for garden enthusiasts seeking to further their understanding of the principles of horticulture.
John’s love for gardening, and the desire to share his passion with others, was the inspiration for the program and applied, hands-on learning lies at the core of this internship. Working with the Senior Director and Assistant Director of Horticulture and the Wave Hill Gardeners, interns become skilled in the sustainable approaches used to manage a public garden.
Nally Interns earn stipends for their full-time work at Wave Hill from early spring to late fall. Approximately eight months, the specific duration of the internship is determined by the growing season. Interns' rigorous duties are diverse—mulching the garden beds; digging and planting of shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials; and weeding beds and watering containers in the nursery and public display areas. The interns’ curiosity and energy have become indispensable to Wave Hill’s pursuit of garden excellence.