It is almost hard to believe that it is autumn at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY. Along the historical district leading up to the compound you can see the fiery leaves on the trees, but once you pass through the gates, it looks like the colors of spring never left.
Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center that is open to the public for a small fee, but they also offer annual memberships.
On the day that I went it was pouring rain, so not as many people were around, but I asked if many people come to visit, and the ticket man said many people come through every day, especially when the fresh bloom of plants begin.
I did not know what I was truly expecting at Wave Hill, but this was definitely not it. I thought most of the plants would be wilting or dead this time of year, and the chilly weather would cause problems, but these flowers were as vibrant and alive as ever.
Autumn was definitely in the Bronx that day as we were wrapped in coats and gloves, but the flowers gave a warm feel to the otherwise dreary day. Their vibrant colors shown through the gloom and lined the paths in an encompassing feel of warmth.
Just looking at the flowers it is hard to believe that it is actually autumn in Wave Hill. The colors trick you, the plants liveliness make you second guess yourself, and the greenhouses help you enter another atmosphere allowing you to experience even more of the non-autumn feel at Wave Hill.
The entire attraction is a work of art that you enter and it feels more like you are entering a photograph, and that is how I picture Wave Hill. Of course Wave Hill still encounters all four seasons, but the plants trick you into thinking that most of the time it is spring. It was odd to see all of the colors as they were in the grounds, but even odder to exit out of Wave Hill and see just how autumn is effecting the outer parts of the arboretum.
It is fascinating what Wave Hill is capable of. Horticulturists bring the art of gardening year round at Wave Hill and seeing this all first hand made me see that autumn is not going to be affecting it any time soon.
Autumn has definitely reached Wave Hill, but if anything its slow cascading of extra color is playing as a backdrop to the already beautifully gardened grounds.