The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Visions in Pink Chinese astilbe

    Astilbe chinensis is a rhizomatous perennial belonging to the Saxifragaceae family. As its specific epithet implies, this plant is native to China and usually found growing along streams, rivers, and forest edges. Astilbe prefers consistently moist soil that is high in organic matter. They wil... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: High Line Habitat

    Each March hundreds of volunteers join our horticulture team to complete the massive task of cutting back all the perennials in the park by hand. Though many gardens cut back their plants in fall, we leave our displays of dried leaves, stalks and seedheads up through the winter for their beaut... read more
  • Gardeners & Volunteers Kick Off Spring Cutback 2018

    March marks the start of our annual Spring Cutback, when gardeners and volunteers clear out dried grasses and perennials to make room for new spring growth. This year, we're proud to be composting 100% of our plant material—which allows us to avoid wasting fuel on transportation, while also ge... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Common snowdrop

    If you find yourself lucky enough to be strolling through the High Line gardens in late winter, you may notice the white nodding blooms of Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop. While other spring ephemerals and perennials are still slumbering away, this little bulb seems unaffected by freezi... read more
  • Rocket Men

    We are pleased to share this guest blog post by Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line: Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park, which originally appeared on Today is opening day of Spring Cutback on the High Line, the ninth since the park opened in 2009. Visitors ma... read more