Gardeners’ Party Honors Wave Hill Founding Director of Horticulture Marco Polo Stufano

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wave Hill’s 2015 Gardeners’ Party, on Thursday, September 17, will honor Marco Polo Stufano, founding Director of Horticulture, as this gem of a public garden and cultural center celebrates its 50th-anniversary year.

The party begins at 6PM with cocktails in the gardens, an enticing Silent Auction on the Great Lawn and an exclusive Plant Sale specially curated by Wave Hill’s talented gardeners. As the sun sets, the party moves to the tent on the Lower Lawn for a Seated Dinner and a dynamic and spirited Live Auction hosted by Christie’s.

Stufano began his career at Wave Hill in 1967, not long after the property was donated to the City of New York, and devoted 34 years to rethinking—and remaking—the landscape into “one of the greatest living works of art.” Wave Hill, he likes to say, is to its far larger botanical neighbor in the Bronx as the Frick Collection is to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In his own words, Wave Hill provides “a place of beauty for the people of the city, where they can come to experience the diversity and fascination of the world of plants.” His superb dedication to this landscape for more than 30 years is a source of enormous gratitude, and has inspired Wave Hill to choose its golden anniversary to honor his contributions to American horticulture.

Among Stufano’s awards are The Scott Medal of the Swarthmore College Arboretum, the Garden Club of America’s Distinguished Service Award,  The Thomas Roland Medal of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He has lectured widely throughout the country on plants and garden design.

The Gardeners’ Party is hosted by Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture Committee, a group of ardent

gardeners and Wave Hill enthusiasts.

What:    2015 Wave Hill Gardeners’ Party

Where:  Wave Hill249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10471

Date:      Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time:                       6:00pm   Cocktails, Silent Auction and Plant Sale

                                 8:00pm   Seated dinner, Live Auction by Christie’s

Benefactor Table:    $10,000 for ten guests and VIP access to the Plant Sale

Patron Table:           $5,000 for ten guests and VIP access to the Plant Sale

Supporter Table:     $2,500 for ten guests and VIP access to the Plant Sale

Friend Ticket:          $500 and VIP access to Plant Sale

Individual Ticket:    $250

Dress:                       Informal attire

RSVP:                      By Friday, September 4, 2015           

Contact:                   Rose Turshen at 718.549.3200 x320 or


Proceeds provide vital support for Wave Hill's horticulture programs.

The 2015 Gardeners’ Party is sponsored by: Almstead

Wave Hill, Inc. is an independent, non-profit cultural institution governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The buildings and grounds of Wave Hill are owned by the City of New York.  With the assistance of the Bronx Borough President and Bronx representatives in the City Council and State Legislature, Wave Hill’s operations are supported with public funds through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


About Us

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.




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Thursday September 17, 6PM
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Cocktails in the gardens, silent and live auctions, + more!
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