Signs of Fall on the High Line

seedheads The seed heads of the wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace') on the High Line.

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.

While the bright flowers of the warmer months capture our imagination, the subtle beauty of the High Line’s autumnal leaves, stems, and seed heads encourage visitors to slow down and rediscover the park's unique landscape. The creative team behind the High Line, James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro worked with the renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf to create an environment that would accentuate the park's architecture and landscape by equally honoring shape, texture, and color of the plants and flowers throughout the four seasons.


In his forward to Piet Oudolf’s book, Landscapes in Landscapes, Co-Founder Robert Hammond identifies the value Piet has brought to the High Line. “Piet’s landscape allows people to breathe easier — not for its manicured beauty, but for its ability to change as nature does,” he says.

Piet believes that “brown is a color too,” and in the fall and winter months he challenges us to find the value of a plant beyond its vibrant flowers. It is with this philosophy in mind that Piet’s work makes seed heads, grasses, and leaves come to life, just when the casual observer sees life beginning to hibernate.


As blooms start to fade and the foliage starts to dry, we invite you to experience these transitional moments on the High Line and share with us the images that you capture on your visit.

Share your photos of fall on the High Line by uploading to the High Line Flickr Pool.

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