Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill

Timber. Jul. 2019. 216p. photos by Ngoc Minh Ngo. ISBN 9781604698510. pap. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781643260051. GARDENING
Horticultural columnist, journalist, author, and editor (The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening) Christopher and photographer Ngo present the history and beauty of Wave Hill Gardens in New York City. Located in the Bronx along the Hudson River, overlooking the Palisades, Wave Hill is the 28-acre former estate of businessman and politician George W. Perkins, which was donated to the city of New York in 1960. An introductory narrative of the family’s history and the pioneering gardening staff is followed by in-depth exploration of key features that comprise the landscape. These areas are highlighted with information about the chosen plants, innovative experimentation, horticultural techniques, building restorations, and landscape design. The text is accompanied by an array of remarkable photographs that capture the individualistic character of these splendid gardens throughout the seasons.
VERDICT Christopher successfully brings the unique aspects of Wave Hill to life. This recommended book, part of a Timber Press series that spotlights outstanding public gardens, will appeal to garden historians, hobbyists, and landscape designers.

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