Photo of the Week: Exploring the Gardens of Wave Hill

Wave HillStanding amidst a beautiful garden of flowers is Wave Hill’s Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, which is home to a variety of tropical and desert plants. Photo by Gigi Altarejos

This week we celebrate another green New York City gem – Wave Hill.

Earlier this summer, our friends at Wave Hill invited High Line staff and Volunteer Photographers for a visit. Join us after the jump for more details and photos from our trip.

Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center located on the rolling hills of a 28-acre former estate tucked away in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. The sweeping property is home to carefully-tended gardens, greenhouses, trails, historic buildings, art exhibitions, and weekly public programs.

On the sun-soaked day of our visit, the gardens were abuzz with activity: a Tai chi session taking place in the comfort of some of the garden’s tall trees, visitors strolling the gardens and relaxing in chaises longues overlooking the Hudson River, and families listening to storytelling in one of the historic buildings. Cameras in-hand, and inspired by lush landscape, we worked to capture the beauty of this unique locale.

Wave HillLooking back over the Dry Garden and the Herb Garden. Photo by Oliver Rich
Wave HillIt wasn’t the clearest day, but the George Washington Bridge could still be seen in the distance. Photo by Juan Valentin
Wave HillA macro shot of one of the garden’s blooms. Photo by Gigi Altarejos
Wave HillA sweeping view over the Dry Garden and Herb Garden, with the Hudson River in the distance. Photo by Oliver Rich
Wave HillOne wing of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory was filled with hundreds of varieties of succulents – a nice change from the High Line's temperate climate plantings. Photo by Juan Valentin
Wave HillOn the other end of the Conservatory was a room of tropical plants in punchy colors with prehistoric-sized leaves and mesmerizing adaptations to humid climates. Photo by Gigi Altarejos
Wave HillHigh Line staff and volunteers take a peak at Lynn Koble’s art piece Natural Order. Photo by Juan Valentin
Wave HillVines in full bloom. Photo by Oliver Rich

Plan your visit to Wave Hill.

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