28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking
the Hudson River and Palisades. Through programs in horticulture,
environmental education, land management, landscape history,
and the visual, performing, and literary arts, Wave Hill
seeks to foster connections between people and the natural
Hill House was built as a country home in 1843 by jurist
William Lewis Morris. From 1866-1903 it was owned by William
Henry Appleton, a publishing scion, who enlarged the house
in 1866-69 and again in 1890. He built the garden and
Famous Wave Hill's residents
Theodore Roosevelt's family
rented Wave Hill during the summers of 1870 and '71, when
the future president was 12 and 13.
Mark Twain leased the estate
from 1901-1903. In 1903.
George W. Perkins, a partner
of J. P. Morgan, purchased Wave Hill House. He added greenhouses,
a swimming pool, terraces and the recreational facility
now called the Ecology Building. The land was graded and
contoured; rare trees and shrubs were planted and gardens
were created. The Perkins leased Wave Hill house to an
eminent zoologist, Bashford Dean.
His hobby was collecting medieval European armor, and
he built Armor Hall to house his remarkable collection.
A selection of 197 pieces was subsequently donated to
the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
resided at Wave Hill House from 1942-1945.
1960, the Perkins-Freeman family deeded Wave Hill to the
City of New York; Wave Hill, Inc. was formed in 1965 as
a nonprofit corporation.
Cactus and succulents, tropical plants, herbs,
aquatic garden, flower garden, arboretum, 4 historic buildings
and 5 greenhouses.
The Horticulture Program maintains an extraordinarily
diverse collection of hardy and greenhouse plants, including
1,200 genera and 3,250 species.
West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471-2899
Closed Mondays except Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus
Day and Veterans Day
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
April 15-October 14: 9am–5:30pm
October 15-April 14: 9am–4:30pm
Greenhouses: 10am–noon, 1–4pm
to Members and children under 6
Tuesday: Free all day during off-peak months (January–April,
Tuesday: Free 9am to noon during peak months (May–June,
Saturday: Free 9am to noon year-round
Adults $6, Students and Seniors 65+ $3, Children 6+ $2
Tel.: 718.549.3200 | Fax: 718.884.8952