Photo of the Week: Dawn viburnum

Photo by Rick Darke

Photographer, landscape ethicist, author, and lecturer Rick Darke is a multi-talented person who has touched the work of Friends of the High Line in so many ways over the years. He has documented the railway in photos since weeds were growing wild along the tracks. He has given tours and lectures about ecology and the horticultural transformation of urban environments. He has even collaborated on a guide to the park with author and neighbor Annik La Farge.

This week, Rick was back at the High Line, walking the paths with High Line landscape designer Piet Oudolf, our Director of Horticulture Thomas Smarr, and others, capturing photos for a forthcoming book. He shared this gem from his shoot with us.

One of the most prolific displays of April blooms is that of Dawn viburnum, Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn,' pictured here against the stark colors of bare grey birch trunks and the rusted steel of the High Line's tracks. Not only are the flowers delicate and abundant, they offer early seasonal interest to both pollinators… and humans. Rick noted he spotted a busy bumblebee taking advantage of pollen and nectar, which is not generally plentiful so early in the season. Visitors should equally take a moment to stop and smell the flowers; the blooms are delightfully fragrant.

Download the High Line's April bloom list to find Dawn viburnum and other spring blooms.

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