The High Line Blog

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    Photo of the Week: Winter Approaching

    Photo by  Steven Severinghaus As fall fades to winter, many of us are experiencing mixed feelings. Very few of us look forward to the lower temperatures and shorter daylight hours that characterize these months. It can also be difficult to let go of the verdant richness of summer a... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hummelo Hedgenettle

    Beautiful variations in color, from pale pink to bright violet, have appeared among the High Line’s Hummelo hedgenettle (Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’). Photo by Gene Daly The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains... read more
  • How the High Line Gardeners Keep It Wild

    The wild legacy of the High Line's landscape is on full display in the summer, when the planting beds are a frenzy of green . Photo by Beverly Israely The High Line was made by nature when the trains stopped running, and designer Piet Oudolf and the landscape architects of James Corner Field Op... read more
  • Story Behind the Shot: The Winter Garden

    Photo by Cristina Macaya   In celebration of the High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details. Visit the web shop to pick up your own copy – they’re on sale now for 50% off! In this month’s serene im... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Transparent Tall Purple Moor Grass

    The negative spaces between the thin and airy stems of this grass create a curtain-like effect, providing a mysterious effect. 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 ... read more
  • Signs of Fall on the High Line

    The seed heads of the wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace') on the High Line.  The High Line is full of signs that fall has arrived in New York City. There is a chill in the air, and picnics on the 23rd Street Lawn and the sights and sounds of children splashing in the water fe... read more
  • Q&A with Piet Oudolf, the Planting Designer for the High Line

    Winter on the High Line is a wonderful time of year to experience Piet Oudolf's vision for the park's planting beds. Photo Courtesty of Piet Oudolf  Today’s Home & Garden section in the New York Times has an insightful Q&A with Piet Oudolf, the world-renowned garden designer from the Nethe... read more
  • Planting on the High Line!

    High Line grasses and perennials arrived onsite at 6am this morning. Friends of the High Line Deputy Director of Horticulture Melissa Fisher is working on the installation of the plants along with the High Line construction and landscape team including: SiteWorks, Kelco Landscaping, Inc., The Pla... read more
  • Gardens Inspired by Nature

    On Tuesday night we had our first membership event: a lecture with the High Line's planting designer, Piet Oudolf. You may have seen Piet's beautiful work in the gardens at Battery Park City, Millennium Park in Chicago, or at other sites elsewhere around the world. Piet discussed his theory of ... read more
  • "Brown is also a color": Planting Designer Piet Oudolf Accepts Death

    The New York Times ran a weekend profile on Dutch planting designer Piet Oudolf, who is now at work on plans for the High Line. The Home & Garden piece paints Piet as somewhat of a revolutionary in his holisitic approach to plant life cycle. He claims,"The skeletons of the plants are for me as im... read more