Despite the steely gray sky, we relished the opportunity to get our (gloved) hands dirty during Wednesday's all-staff Spring Cutback.
We’ve completed our second week of Spring Cutback, reaching the halfway point in our effort to shear back more than 100,000 plants along the High Line. As we trim the dried shrubs and grasses of our winter garden, we make room for the green growth of spring.
See more photos from this past week below.
Each week during Spring Cutback we send a truckload of bags filled with plant debris to the Department of Sanitation's Fresh Kills Composting Facility. If we generate more bags than we can fit in the truck, as we did this week, we'll use the extra debris in our own composting program.
On Monday, volunteers from Prospect Park came out to help with our efforts. "It was a great day, and very interesting to work on a very different type of project in such an interesting place," said Kari, the group's coordinator. We had a fantastic time working alongside our friends from Prospect Park, and are so grateful for their hard work!
All staff members participated in Spring Cutback on Wednesday, enjoying fresh air and quality time with their coworkers on the Horticulture team. "It was so exciting to see the green plants popping up," said Karla, our Manager of Volunteer Programs, after her shift. At right, one of the cattails she uncovered greets the early-spring air.
Here is how the planting beds surrounding Ruby Neri's Before a Framework, one of the sculptures in High Line Art's Busted, appeared on Wednesday.
Here is how the same section of the park appeared on Thursday, the first day of spring. Two visitors admire Neri's sculpture in its newly trimmed planting bed.
Beneath his serious expression, Rick knows that Spring Cutback is "shear" fun. Stay tuned for photos from week three!