Construction Update: Planting Underway in Section 2
Now that the weather has warmed up and the soil has thawed, landscape crews are back at work, installing perennials and grasses in the planting beds throughout Section 2.
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The High Line is home to a mix of microclimates with varied conditions of light, shade, exposure, wind, and soil depth. The original, wild landscape reflected the variation in growing conditions. Where the High Line was narrow and sheltered by adjacent buildings, water was retained, soil was deeper, and vegetation was thicker. Where the High Line was exposed to winds off the Hudson, the landscape was dominated by several varieties of tough, drought-resistant grasses and wildflowers.
When Section 2 opens in late spring, visitors will find a landscape that retains the design vocabulary of the planting beds in Section 1, while introducing new features that are inspired by the self-sown landscape that grew up on the High Line when the trains stopped running.
The Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover, located between West 25th and West 27th Streets, will carry visitors upward into a shady canopy of sumac and magnolia trees, allowing an undulating terrain of shady groundcover to fill in below. This stretch of the High Line is sheltered by two historic warehouse buildings that create a microclimate that supports denser plantings. It was along this stretch that a grove of tall sumacs grew up between the tracks after the High Line fell into disuse.
Recently, crews installed more than 8,000 perennials and grasses that will form a dense, lush groundcover below the Flyover walkway. Next, crews will install greenroof, soil, and plantings at the Wildflower Field. Here, the landscape design will feature a mix of native species that grew up spontaneously on the High Line and new species that will ensure a variety of blooms throughout the growing season. Once planting is complete, the landscape contractor will begin placing drip irrigation lines and spreading the stone mulch to aid in water retention and prevent soil erosion.