August 11th, 2015
The 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is on my top-5 short list of best U.S. public gardens that I’ve ever seen.
Wave Hill in the Bronx has great plants, stunning views and cracks my top-dozen public-gardens list.
You’ll have a chance to see both places in one day – without fighting New York traffic either – on a trip Lowee’s Group Tours and I are planning for Fri., Aug. 28.
We’ll be picking up at both East Shore and West Shore locations and busing to Wave Hill for a morning tour. After lunch overlooking the Hudson River on Wave Hill’s terrace, we’ll head over to the New York Botanical Garden for the afternoon.
Including lunch, transportation, admissions, guided tours at both gardens, prizes on the bus (plants and four $20 gift cards to Stauffers of Kissel Hill), plus tips and insights by yours truly, the cost is $139 per person.
See the detailed itinerary on Lowee’s website or call 717-657-9658 to sign up.
Wave Hill covers 28 acres (slightly bigger than Hershey Gardens) and offers amazing views over the Hudson River to the Palisades cliffs of New Jersey on the other side.
It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful settings in New York City.
Investment banker George Perkins, a partner of J.P. Morgan, developed most of the gardens and greenhouses in the early 1900s before New York City took it over in 1960.
Wave Hill’s gardens now feature a “Wild Garden” of naturalistically designed trees, shrubs and flowers; a formal water garden; a “monocot” garden of plants with single seed leaves (grasses, cannas, bananas, etc.); an alpine plant house with succulents and alpine plants; an extensive herb garden; a nice variety of specimen trees, and a conservatory with three glasshouses.
One unusual type of garden that I’ve never seen anywhere else is Wave Hill’s Paisley Garden of flowers planted in a paisley pattern. It changes every year.
My favorite part of Wave Hill, though, is the vine-covered pergola, surrounded by tropical pots, that overlooks the Hudson below.