The High Line Blog

  • Week Three of Spring Cutback

    On Monday, more than 20 volunteers came out to help the High Line Gardeners tackle the densely planted Chelsea Grasslands. Photo by Mike Tschappat  We're approaching the end of Spring Cutback, an annual endeavor to trim back more than 100,000 plants along the High Line to make room for ne... read more
  • Volunteer Opportunity: High Line Green-Up Spring Cutback

    We need your help cutting back the High Line's plants to make way for new spring growth. Submit your volunteer application by Monday, February 13. Photo (upper right) by Joan Garvin. Other photos by Friends of the High Line.  The first signs of spring are already popping up along the High... read more
  • That’s a Wrap: Spring Cutback Is Complete!

    We did it! Despite the unseasonably cold weather, two snowstorms, several days of rain, and yesterday's hail shower, we completed this year's High Line Spring Cutback in record time. These horticulture enthusiasts from REI were among the 80 volunteers who helped get the job done. Photo by Liz Lig... read more
  • Spring Cutback: Week Two

    This week, we trimmed back the majority of the dried grasses and plant stalks in the Wildflower Field, on the High Line between West 27th and West 29th Streets. Pictured here are High Line Gardeners Mark and Maeve working beneath the towering JR mural at West 29th Street. Photo by Mike Tschappat ... read more
  • Spring Cutback: Week Three

    This week High Line Gardeners and volunteers trimmed back the bog plants and grasses that grow along the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck, making way for new green growth. Photo by Oliver Rich We have just completed the third week of High Line Spring Cutback! The High Line’s plants are not ... read more
  • Spring Cutback: Week One

    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 col... read more
  • Spring Cutback: We've Reached the Halfway Point

    Work continues as our staff and volunteers move north, trimming back plant material to make way for spring growth. Photo by Annik La Farge.  We have just completed our fourth week of High Line Spring Cutback. Spring Cutback is an intense six-week-long undertaking that involves trimming ... read more
  • Spring Cutback: The Finishing Touches

    Last week, our administrative staff joined our gardeners in the park to help trim back plants near West 29th Street.   We are in our final week of High Line Spring Cutback. Spring Cutback is an intense six-week-long undertaking that involves trimming back the High Line’s wild grasses,... read more
  • Spring Cutback Volunteer Profile: Pat Jonas

    Pat Jonas is one of the High Line’s most dedicated volunteers. Seen here helping with mulching near West 26th Street earlier this year, Pat has worked closely with our horticulture staff and is returning to help out with her second season of Spring Cutback.  Spring Cutback is a monumental... read more
  • Spring Cutback Volunteer Orientation Re-Cap

    High Line Gardener John Gunderson advises Spring Cutback volunteers on the proper technique for cutting back the grasses during a volunteer orientation session on February 15.  In just a few days, we will begin what has become one of our favorite traditions since the High Line opened as ... read more