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pipe'Mount Everest' onion (Allium 'Mount Everest') in bloom in near the 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Joan Garvin.
 

May promises to be an excellent month to view blooms on the High Line. With all the mild, sunny weather, expect to see a variety of different blooms taking off every week.

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pipeThe High Line's Northern Spur Horticultural Preserve in bloom. Thanks to Christy and John Mack Foundation.
 

Most New Yorkers don't expect their city to be a place for wildflowers. Our friends at NYC Wildflower Week aim to change that perception, and we're proud to have the High Line included in the events this year.

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pipeDaffodil blooms emerging on the High Line.
 

The first spring has arrived on the High Line. If you have visited the park recently, you may have noticed that the landscape looks completely different than it did two months ago. The sun and mild temperatures have charmed the spring blooms out of their buds, leaving our planting beds awash with vibrant colors and fresh growth.

The transformation of the High Line from winter to spring was no easy feat. Section 1 contains more than 40,000 grasses and perennials, most of which need to be cut back in order to make room for new spring growth.

The cutback process began in February. Since then, our High Line gardeners, administrative staff, and neighborhood volunteers have spent more than 1,200 hours preparing the planting beds for spring.

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pipeSpencer Finch's The River That Flows Both Ways on view in the Chelsea Market Passage. Photo by Iwan Baan.
 

Do you wonder what public art does? Or, what makes a public space successful?

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pipeEastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) beginning to bloom in the Gansevoort Woodland.
 

With all the plants in bloom right now on the High Line, it's hard to believe there was ever a period of dormancy. From the redbud's bold lipstick-shaped blooms, to the dainty, sunshine-colored miniature daffodils, the whole park is beginning to take on a renewed feeling of wildness.

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pipeParks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Co-Founder Joshua David, Congressman Jerrold Nadler,
Zach Hauser, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, and Lexi Hauser plant an eastern
redbud tree in the Gansevoort Woodland. Photo by Joan Garvin
 

Earlier today we welcomed our 2,000,000th visitor to the High Line since the park opened to the public ten months ago.

To celebrate the occasion, and to mark the arrival of the very first spring on the High Line, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Co-Founder Joshua David to plant a flowering eastern redbud tree (Cercis Canadensis) in the Gansevoort Woodland.

Our lucky 2,000,000th (and 2,000,001st!) visitors were Lexi and Zach Hauser, from Raleigh, North Carolina. This was the first trip to the High Line for Lexi and Zach, who were joined by their mother, Deb, and their family friend, Richard Conolly, a native New Yorker and Chelsea resident. The gang helped plant the new tree and received some very special commemorative gifts: a framed photo of the High Line and limited edition High Line beach towels designed by Diane von Furstenberg.

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pipeA summer evening on the High Line. Photo by Joan Garvin
 

Starting tonight, the High Line's full seasonal hours will take effect.

Beginning tonight and continuing through autumn, the park will be open daily between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM (last entry at 9:45 PM).

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