Horticulture

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Author: 
Erika Harvey
Present throughout the park, ‘The Blues’ little bluestem is a wispy grass that produces fluffy silver seed heads that remain beautiful through the winter months.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that took root on the elevated rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
On the Falcone Flyover, visitors can walk through lush foliage at canopy-level during the warmer months of the year. Current mulching efforts will mean healthier and more robust plants this upcoming summer. Photo by Iwan Baan
 

We are always looking for unique ways to minimize waste, cultivate sustainable operations, and keep our discarded plant material closer to home. That is why we are excited about a new opportunity for closed-loop recycling with the introduction of our own organic mulch below the Falcone Flyover, on the High Line between West 25th and 26th Streets.

The Falcone Flyover contains an elevated walkway that carries visitors through a canopy of sumac and magnolia trees. Below the pathway, a gently rolling topography creates soil depth to accommodate shrubs and trees, but it is also prone to erosion.

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A new experiment is underway to prevent the erosion and increase the soil’s fertility. Using a test area, the High Line Gardeners recently introduced an application of organic mulch created from discarded plant material from the High Line, with the goal of increasing use of compostable material on-site and reducing the frequency of visits to off-site composting locations in the future.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
High Line Gardener Kaspar Wittlinger leads a tool tune-up session for High Line Gardeners and High Line Volunteers. Here he shows the group the proper technique for sharpening a pair of pruning shears.
 

At this time of year, we get this question all the time: “What do the gardeners do in the winter?”

There is noticeably less activity in the planting beds on the High Line in the winter, but our gardeners are just as busy. They take advantage of the lull in the growing season to plan and prepare for the year to come, and they are also called into action to help ensure the park is safe for the public after snow and ice storms. Here’s a little insight into what the High Line Gardeners are up to in the colder months of the year.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
year in photos

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping us make 2011 an incredible year for the High Line.

This year saw two major milestones for the High Line: the opening of the High Line from West 20th Street to West 30th Street, doubling the length of the park, and an agreement to preserve the third and final section of High Line at the rail yards, including the spur.

But so much more happened on the High Line in 2011: a post-snowstorm Snow Sculpt-Off, a Salman Rushdie Karma Chain, rooftop dance performances, 50,000 new plants, four competing teen step teams, mushroom-shaped bouncy houses, a temporary public plaza below the High Line, 15,000 roller skaters, avocado popsicles, a working water feature, kids releasing butterflies and earthworms, salsa dancing at sunset, a historic $20 million gift for the rail yards and the endowment, our first comprehensive book on the High Line, and a larger-than-life $100,000 bill art installation.

We've compiled some of our favorite images, video, and stories from this incredible year. We hope you enjoy them!

Best wishes for the new year.

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               Joshua David                                  Robert Hammond
               Co-Founder                                      Co-Founder

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Winter BerryThe winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) on the High Line near West 21st Street. Photo by Barry Munger.
 

Temperatures may be dropping, but you will find a beautiful landscape, thought-provoking public art, and engaging public programs at the High Line over the next few months. Here are a few reasons to rediscover the High Line this winter.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.
 

We would like to give a shout out to our friends at the Chelsea Garden Club.

These hard-working volunteers have adopted the tree pits along 8th and 9th Avenues and transformed them into mini-gardens filled with beautiful flowers, grasses, and shrubs.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist


Ever find yourself on the phone or writing an email trying to explain a specific spot or vantage point on the High Line?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

And that is why your life just got a lot easier thanks to Google Street View, which now features the High Line, allowing you to plan your visit, take a virtual stroll, and explore the park in a whole new way.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
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Grass clippings, tree trimmings, banana peels, and coffee grounds might sound like things you’d throw in the trash, but here at the High Line, these are all raw ingredients for “black gold,” better known as compost.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
seedheadsThe seed heads of the wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace') on the High Line.
 
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The High Line is full of signs that fall has arrived in New York City. There is a chill in the air, and picnics on the 23rd Street Lawn and the sights and sounds of children splashing in the water feature on the Diller-Von Furstenberg Sundeck have given way to quiet strolls through the park.

When you visit the High Line in the next few weeks, you can spot the gardeners tending to the milkweed pods in the planting beds, and the maintenance staff preparing for a busy schedule of fall programming. When you stroll through the Chelsea Grasslands, you smell the sweet scent of the Prairie Dropseed, or you might catch a blooming Solidago nestled in a bundle of autumn leaves. Visitors to the Chelsea Market Passage can try new menu items from from High Line Food vendors, such as hot chocolate from Blue Bottle Coffee or grilled cheese sandwiches at The Porch.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist


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High Line Green-Up takes place once a year at the start of the growing season. This year, more than 100 volunteers from the greater High Line community dedicated their time and energy to help our gardeners complete this tremendous task. High Line Green-Up began on March 1, and thanks to their hard work and dedication, we completed the job in just under a month.

Follow us after the jump for video, photos, and more.

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