A Garden Grows in The Bronx: Wave Hill

When I posted a few of these photos on Facebook, out-of-towners couldn’t believe they were shot in The Bronx.



Yes, this is leafy Riverdale, just over the Henry Hudson Bridge from upper Manhattan, a mostly bucolic section of the Bronx where apartment complexes, stately homes, schools and houses of worship exist side-by side.  And this is Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River that hosts year-round programs in horticulture, education, and the arts. When I visited in the spring, above, the tulips were just bursting into bloom.


When I visited a few weeks ago, the mature perennial gardens were a source of delight and inspiration: so many interesting plants existing so harmoniously with each other and with the visitors who’d come to picnic and enjoy the sunset and the concert.





The performers at Sunset Wednesdays on July 27 were Duo Jalal, violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick, who presented a virtuoso concert reflecting many musical traditions and styles: from modern Classical and jazz to Klezmer and the Beatles.


Here, Yousif is playing the bodhran, a traditional Irish frame drum… in a composition that is anything but Irish.  Check out their schedule and try to catch a concert. Duo Jalal is not to be missed.


About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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1 Response to A Garden Grows in The Bronx: Wave Hill

  1. Frana says:

    Love love love Wave Hill. A very special place. For years we used to ride our bikes there and read the New York Times on most Sunday’s…. A calm respite when in the Bronx.
    Thanks for the post

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