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The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Lace Grass

    The natural community type for lace grass (Eragrostis capillaris) are oak barrens and hillside prairies. Hillside prairies are natural grassland communities that occur on moderate to steep exposed slopes, usually found on the crest of hills surrounded by oak forests. These communities nearly alwa... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Grace smokebush

    This October brought record high temperatures to New York City. While many people enjoyed the unexpected sunshine and warmth, trees did not adapt as well. The hot and dry fall allowed the trees to continue producing chlorophyll, keeping their leaves green late into the season and resulting in ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Predicting Success

    Failure is a big part of gardening, especially in the unusual conditions we have on the High Line. Growing plants in 15- 18" inches of constructed soil on a bridge that passes over streets and buildings presents unique challenges. By observing plants in the wild we can form an idea of how they... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wintergreen

    The bright red berries of this low-growing evergreen can easily be spotted on a walk through the New Jersey Pine Barrens or Harriman State Park in the Palisades. Though the fruit's texture is somewhat mealy, the minty flavor is refreshing. In fact, wintergreen is a flavor in toothpastes and ch... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Autumn moor grass

    As the colorful leaves of autumn begin to drop and winter seems to be just around the corner, Autumn moor grass or Sesleria autumnalis is in peak form. This is a cool season semi-evergreen grass that puts on its strongest growth during the cool months of spring and fall. After the heat of summer ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Viking black chokeberry

    Viking black chokeberry is a deciduous shrub that provides three seasons of interest, a distinction much valued by High Line gardeners. Clusters of white flowers bloom in spring, and summer features glossy dark green leaves. Currently we are enjoying the many colors of the fall foliage, which als... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Purple milkweed

    Many plants depend on wildlife for their reproduction. Insects and birds are major collaborators with wildflowers, as they disperse pollens and seeds in exchange for food and shelter that the plants provide. Generally, plants that are native to a region work best to support the local insects a... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Wild Inspiration

    Much has already been written about how the High Line's gardens were inspired by natural landscapes. As he developed planting designs for the park, Piet Oudolf was influenced by the plant communities that covered the structure during its years of disuse and by natural[i] areas like the prairie... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Brownies hairy alumroot

    This October, we're celebrating the moments of transformation in the High Line gardens created to captivate, draw us in, and show us a different way of looking at nature. As part of Celebrating Fall at the Woodland Edge, we'll be featuring related plants throughout the month. Follow along on soci... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Whitespire grey birch

    This October, we're celebrating the moments of transformation in the High Line gardens created to captivate, draw us in, and show us a different way of looking at nature. As part of Celebrating Fall at the Woodland Edge, we'll be featuring related plants throughout the month. Follow along on s... read more