Spring Cutback in Review

pipe Daffodil 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.

pipe High Line Gardener Kaspar Wittlinger carefully transporting a massive load of cut back material on one of our Workman trikes.
 
EnlargeJudith Simon demonstrates a sickle.
EnlargeMaterial donated to Fresh Kills.













It comes as no surprise that the cutback process creates an immense amount of waste. Rather than disposing of it in a landfill, we donated more than 60 cubic yards of plant material to La Plaza Cultural Community Garden in the East Village and New York City Department of Sanitation's Fresh Kills facilities on Staten Island, where it will be used for composting.

A special thanks to all of our volunteers, specifically Sandy Anton, Cindy Goulder, Anne Heaney, Marina Heung, and Stephen Quandt, whose dedication and enthusiasm kept us in good spirits throughout the past two months. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our volunteers from Bloomberg LP, Google, and HR&A Advisors, as well as the students from the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanic Gardens.

EnlargeBloomberg volunteers.
EnlargeHR&A Advisors volunteers.
pipe 'Mountain Airy' bottle-brush (Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’) blooming in the 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Cristina Macaya.
 
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