Gay Kepple from Millane Nursery, tagging the tented Hamamelis Pallida
for a planting area on the High Line
Sierra Bainbridge and Maura Rockcastle at Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm leading the High Line design team, have been travelling to plant nurseries around the east coast in search of native plants for the High Line. Planting is projected to begin this spring. Sierra explains what the trips are all about:
"We're scouring native plant nurseries throughout the region, searching for many of the native trees and shrubs proposed for the High Line. Some of the native material we have found is a little smaller than planned, which only means it will have more time to naturalize and grow into its new environment."
Our first tagging trip was on February 28, to the north fork of Long Island. There we tagged the first tree for the High Line, the Koelreuteria paniculata (Goldenrain tree) for the area around the stair entrance to the High Line at 14th street. Because the planting beds have very shallow depths, we are planting lots of smaller trees and shrubs so that they will fit and acclimatize to the conditions on the High Line as they grow. We measured a few pre-dug Koelreuteria rootballs to ensure they would fit into the shallow depths of their planting bed, but we ended up choosing trees that are still in the field. We saw a lot of other great plants that day, but we went only for the lovely Koelreuteria."
Sierra, left, tagging the first tree for the High Line, with
Annette Wilkus from SiteWorks, the planting contract manager
Tagging the Koelreuteria paniculata
Measuring the rootballs