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Auzelle Epeneter
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pipeThe High Line's Northern Spur Horticultural Preserve in bloom. Thanks to Christy and John Mack Foundation.
 

Most New Yorkers don't expect their city to be a place for wildflowers. Our friends at NYC Wildflower Week aim to change that perception, and we're proud to have the High Line included in the events this year.

Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
pipeDaffodil blooms emerging on the High Line.
 

The first spring has arrived on the High Line. If you have visited the park recently, you may have noticed that the landscape looks completely different than it did two months ago. The sun and mild temperatures have charmed the spring blooms out of their buds, leaving our planting beds awash with vibrant colors and fresh growth.

The transformation of the High Line from winter to spring was no easy feat. Section 1 contains more than 40,000 grasses and perennials, most of which need to be cut back in order to make room for new spring growth.

The cutback process began in February. Since then, our High Line gardeners, administrative staff, and neighborhood volunteers have spent more than 1,200 hours preparing the planting beds for spring.

Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
pipeEastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) beginning to bloom in the Gansevoort Woodland.
 

With all the plants in bloom right now on the High Line, it's hard to believe there was ever a period of dormancy. From the redbud's bold lipstick-shaped blooms, to the dainty, sunshine-colored miniature daffodils, the whole park is beginning to take on a renewed feeling of wildness.

Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
pipeJohnny Linville at work on the High Line. Photo by David Kimelman. See more of the gardeners in action in David's album on Flickr.
 

Johnny Linville, one of the High Line's five full-time gardeners (and frequent equipment model) recently told me about his transition from traditional office job to the world of professional gardening. Up until December of 2007, Johnny helped run a branch of a private company that focused on literacy remediation. He loved his job, but was more passionate about gardening, a hobby he had cultivated nearly all his life, from helping to coordinate a community garden to participating in his native Santa Barbara's Bonsai Club. So, one day during the middle of winter, Johnny took a leap of faith and resigned from his job. He obtained an internship with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and was able to gain the technical groundwork to begin his new career.

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Auzelle Epeneter
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The Chelsea Grasslands this fall. Photo by Bjoern Amherd.
 

Now that spring is approaching, our gardeners are beginning the cutback process, which will provide space for new growth during the warmer months. In a traditional garden, plants are cut back when their stalks begin to dry during autumn. In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's belief that a plant's dried seed heads are just as beautiful and important as its flowers, the High Line's vegetation was left in its natural state.

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Auzelle Epeneter
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pipeDawn bondant viburnum in bloom.
 

February is unexpectedly interesting for blooms on the High Line. This month features three plants: witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'), Dawn bodnant viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'), and sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana).

The rose-colored buds in the picture above are the beginnings of blooms on a Dawn bodnant viburnum, a shrub that flowers during the bleakest part of the winter. Its clusters of flowers have an excellent fragrance in late winter/early spring.

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Julia Boyer
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pipeAmerican Coneflower in bloom below the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck.
 

Feeling under the weather? According to High Line gardener Kyla Dippong, the park is a "veritable pharmacy." Many of Section 1's 210 species of plants offer simple remedies, quite a few of which were used by Native Americans long before the advent of the pharmacy as we know it today.

As you continue to battle the cold and flu season, here are a few of our favorite medicinal plants to keep in mind, most of which can be found easily in your local drugstore or herbal remedy shop (but NOT by picking them off the High Line).

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maeveMaeve Turner using the Dosatron (affectionately named "Dosie"
by the Horticulture staff) to apply compost tea to specific areas of the High Line.
 

Maeve, one of our five full-time gardeners, has been on staff since the High Line's opening this past June.  Originally from England, Maeve grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and first discovered her love for gardening while working at Morning Glory Farm on Martha's Vineyard, where she helped out with everything from seeding to planting to weeding.  After Morning Glory, Maeve completed an internship at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (which she says was "awesome"), then worked for a private gardening company.  Each job, she says, was a unique experience, and affirmed that gardening is the work environment she enjoys most.

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Dear Friends,

2009 has been a remarkable year for the High Line. After spending the spring working on the final stages of construction, we opened the first section of the park in June. Since then, we estimate that nearly 2 million people have visited. We hope you were among these first visitors to the High Line, and that you return again and again in 2010.

The High Line's first year as a public park has been truly amazing. We've pulled together some of our favorite pictures from this incredible, historic year. We hope you enjoy them!

We hope you'll continue to support the High Line as we prepare for 2010.

Many thanks, and happy New Year,


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2009
 

Park visitors stroll and relax on the Diller von Furstenberg Sundeck between 14th and 15th Streets. The Sundeck is one of the High Line's most popular gathering spots, especially for sunbathers on bright summer days, and as a place to watch the sunset. Photo by Iwan Baan

"...The High Line is a hit, and not just with tourists but with New Yorkers who are openly relishing a place where they can reflect and relax enough to get a new perspective on Manhattan."
– Diane Cardwell, For High Line Visitors, Park is a Railway Out of Manhattan, New York Times

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