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Author: 
Erika Harvey
As the weather warms, some of the season’s first spring bulbs are popping up along the High Line.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you two of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
High Line Spring Cutback is in full swing and new spring bulbs are popping up daily. Photo by David Wilkinson

Author: 
Erika Harvey
High Line Gardeners and volunteers work to clear leaf litter and dried grasses from the High Line’s planting beds near Little West 12th Street. Photo by Liz Ligon

We have just completed the first week of High Line Spring Cutback!

The High Line’s plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather in the fall. Instead the landscape is left intact to provide structure, beauty, and habitat throughout the winter. As spring arrives, Friends of the High Line staff and volunteers work together to cut back the plants to make way for new green growth. This horticultural effort, called High Line Spring Cutback, takes place throughout the entire month of March.

See more photos from our first week of Spring Cutback after the jump.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
A view of the New York City skyline with High Line Headquarters in the center foreground, and the Whitney Museum of American Art rising up next to it. Photo by Timothy Schenck

A major milestone was passed last week when the windows were installed at the new High Line Headquarters, at the southern terminus of the park. This step marks the full enclosure of the four-story building, meaning that construction crews will soon begin working to configure the mechanical systems and install interior fixtures, such as tile, carpet, lighting, cabinets, countertops, furniture, and more.

We’ve made significant progress since our last update in December.

Join us after the jump for more photos.

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