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Wave Hill’s lecture series starts with High Line talk

In addition to the spinning and knitting sessions in the Wave Hill Gallery, the highlights provide a piquant point-counterpoint. On Saturday, January 16, visitors can step into the Conservatory, a jewel box of colors and scents, for a guided tour of “ant plants”, rainforest cacti, carnivorous plants and other rare and unusual specimens. Then on Wednesday, January 20 hear the stellar Patrick Cullina talk about the landscape of the High Line in the first of Wave Hill’s 2010 horticultural lecture series, held at the New York School of Interior Design. Two marvelously enriching opportunities, in two very different natural palettes—one intimate, the other grand! Just the experience one longs for as we settle in for an uncertain new year and what promises to be a long winter.

Friday, January 15; Friday, January 22, Nature Photography Series–The Winter Landscape, Session 2: Behold the striking winter landscape and extraordinary light, with nature photographer Benjamin Swett. This four-week intensive explores creative techniques through demonstrations, outdoor shooting assignments and critiques. All levels welcome. (Snow make-up February 5). Four-session series: $115 member/$135 non-member. Registration required, online or by calling (718) 549-3200, ext. 305. Continues January 22 and 29. Wave Hill House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, January 15; Friday, January 22, Memoir Writing−Seasonal Writing Series, Session 2: Oh, the stories you could share! Learn a variety of techniques for structuring your ideas and getting your pen flowing, with writing coach and former editor for The New York Times Joan Motyka. 6-session series: $180 Member/$210 Non-member. Registration required, online or by calling (718) 549-3200, ext. 305. (Snow make-up February 19.) Series continues January 22 and 29, and February 5 and 12. Wave Hill House, 10 am. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, January 16; Sunday, Janury 19, Winter Workspace Drop-In Program−Spinning & Knitting Wool: Artist Robyn Love demonstrates the art of spinning wool, the first step of her House Study/Handmade project. Stop by the gallery to spin or knit with Robyn every Tuesday and Saturday in January and the first half of February. Skeins of yarn are offered to visitors who agree that they will knit (or crochet) a hat that gets returned to the artist. You can knit at Wave Hill or take the yarn to knit at home. The accumulated hats will be displayed in Wave Hill House this spring. Drop by to learn and participate. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. Free with admission to the grounds. Pre-registration recommended at the Perkins Visitor Center, by calling (718) 549.3200, ext. 305 or online at www.wavehill.org. Glyndor Gallery, 11 am. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 16, Conservatory Walk−A Taste Of The Tropics, Conservatory Collections Walking Series: The Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory houses one of the most inspired and diverse collections of any comparably-sized greenhouse in the nation. Wave Hill’s enthusiastic staff interpreters (and certified plant geeks) lead this exploration of our beautiful and eccentric plants from around the world. Shed your winter woolies and investigate Wave Hill’s collection of extraordinary tropical plants. During this session, take a tour with Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer to see “ant plants,” rain forest cacti, carnivorous plants and other rare and unusual specimens in our sultry Tropical House. Free with admission to the grounds. Join us on Saturday, February 6, for the Terrariums Workshop and create a tropical paradise in miniature. Series continues February 20; in March, it features a tour of the South African bulbs in the Palm House. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 1 p.m.

Saturday, January 16; Sunday, January 17, Family Art Project−Bits Of Cloth And Lots Of Freedom: Bits of Cloth and Lots of Freedom/Pedazos de tela y mucha libertad: In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, and an eye to traditional African American quilts, create a colorful fabric vision of your personal dream of freedom. Free with admission to the grounds. The Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, January 17, Sunday Brunch: Sunday Brunch features organic produce from Katchkie Farm, a project of Wave Hill’s exclusive caterer Great Performances. Reservations at (718) 549-3200, ext. 395 or by emailing wavehillcafe@greatperformances.com. $22 per person (not including admission to the grounds). Reservations by 4 p.m. the Friday before each brunch. Wave Hill House, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, January 17, Garden & Conservatory Walk: Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds. Meet at Perkins Visitor Center, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, Horticultural Lecture #1−Patrick Cullina, Elevated Pulse: Examining The High Line’s Dynamic And Emerging Landscape: Explore the High Line from a horticultural perspective, its sources for inspiration and its role as one of New York City’s newest and most unique urban landscapes. Patrick Cullina currently serves as Vice-President of Horticulture and Operations for Friends of the High Line. A popular lecturer, photographer and plantsman, his work in public horticulture has been recognized by a number of organizations and institutions. Series: $48 member, student/$60 general. Individual lectures: $20 member, student/$25 general. Reservations recommended, online at www.wavehill.org or by calling (718) 549-3200, ext. 216. New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70th

Wave Hill is located at 675 West 252nd Street. Call (718) 884-8952 for more info.

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