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wave hill


what a day.  friends and i had planned to go to wave hill today and the 
weather did cooperate a bit.  it was sunny for the most part although not as 
nice as yesterday, which was sunny and most dry.  today was hot and muggy but 
it's august in nyc...

for those that don't know, wave hill is a former estate overlooking the 
hudson river, happily ensconced in the bronx.  deeded to to city a while ago, 
it is now a nyc cultural institution.  their gardens and greenhouses are 
beautiful, well mantained and always interesting, although it's not a huge 
property.  we spent a great day watching the hudson river and the palisades 
in new jersey, from under a pergola or lying around in the grass.  they use 
containers and baskets with lots of colorful foliage and blooms for great 
effect.

the flower gardens are a riot.  nothing subtle about it, they pack all sorts 
of colorful flowers and foliage in such a small area to make such an 
impact... at the greenhouses, wow... the small collection includes many 
rather rare plants.  among aroids, many of those beautiful silver-veined 
anthurium, incl. crystallinum and clarinervium.  also, a fantastic 
wendlingeri-looking in bloom (the spadix and spathe however were dark in 
color, instead of white, could it be something else besides wendlingeri?), 
gracile, and a huge one with huge round corrugated leaves (i couldn't find a 
tag for it though...).  also, many Alocasias, Calladium lindenii and 
humboldtii, Callopsis volkensii, some incredible Philodendron including 
martiana...  of non-aroids, a huge Tacca nivea, variegated Dichorisandras, 
Dalechampia roezliana, rare ferns etc.  at the water garden and monocot 
garden, many more aroids.

a great place to visit, if you are in nyc, and not hard to get to by public 
transport.  the cafeteria has very good food and you can eat it looking out 
into the new jersey palisades...

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA





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