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pipeHigh Line Curator Lauren Ross with Valerie Hegarty'sAutumn on the Hudson Valley with Branches, on view right now near the park's 20th Street Entrance.
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pipeOne of the snowmen built on the High Line over the weekend. This guy greeted visitors at the 10th Avenue Square.
 

This past weekend, the High Line was inundated with a peaceful army of snow people. Park visitors took advantage of the record snowfall and a created snowmen and ladies in wide range of size, shape, and personality--it was quite a sight to see!

With the sunny spell we've had this week, many of the snow people have since melted, but you can check out a few of our favorites below.

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pipeJohnny Linville at work on the High Line. Photo by David Kimelman. See more of the gardeners in action in David's album on Flickr.
 

Johnny Linville, one of the High Line's five full-time gardeners (and frequent equipment model) recently told me about his transition from traditional office job to the world of professional gardening. Up until December of 2007, Johnny helped run a branch of a private company that focused on literacy remediation. He loved his job, but was more passionate about gardening, a hobby he had cultivated nearly all his life, from helping to coordinate a community garden to participating in his native Santa Barbara's Bonsai Club. So, one day during the middle of winter, Johnny took a leap of faith and resigned from his job. He obtained an internship with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and was able to gain the technical groundwork to begin his new career.

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Still from "Night Falls on the High Line".
 

This video is helping us ease into our week.

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The Chelsea Grasslands this fall. Photo by Bjoern Amherd.
 

Now that spring is approaching, our gardeners are beginning the cutback process, which will provide space for new growth during the warmer months. In a traditional garden, plants are cut back when their stalks begin to dry during autumn. In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's belief that a plant's dried seed heads are just as beautiful and important as its flowers, the High Line's vegetation was left in its natural state.

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pipeDawn bondant viburnum in bloom.
 

February is unexpectedly interesting for blooms on the High Line. This month features three plants: witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida'), Dawn bodnant viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'), and sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana).

The rose-colored buds in the picture above are the beginnings of blooms on a Dawn bodnant viburnum, a shrub that flowers during the bleakest part of the winter. Its clusters of flowers have an excellent fragrance in late winter/early spring.

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hollyWinter Red winterberry holly with grey birch in the Gansevoort Woodland.
Photo by Patrick Cullina.
 

Here's another sight-seeing item to add to your holiday list – the Winter Red winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red') that's brightening the Gansevoort Woodland with clusters of lively red fruits.

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