The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Visions in Pink Chinese astilbe

    Astilbe chinensis is a rhizomatous perennial belonging to the Saxifragaceae family. As its specific epithet implies, this plant is native to China and usually found growing along streams, rivers, and forest edges. Astilbe prefers consistently moist soil that is high in organic matter. They wil... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: High Line Habitat

    Each March hundreds of volunteers join our horticulture team to complete the massive task of cutting back all the perennials in the park by hand. Though many gardens cut back their plants in fall, we leave our displays of dried leaves, stalks and seedheads up through the winter for their beaut... read more
  • Gardeners & Volunteers Kick Off Spring Cutback 2018

    March marks the start of our annual Spring Cutback, when gardeners and volunteers clear out dried grasses and perennials to make room for new spring growth. This year, we're proud to be composting 100% of our plant material—which allows us to avoid wasting fuel on transportation, while also ge... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Common snowdrop

    If you find yourself lucky enough to be strolling through the High Line gardens in late winter, you may notice the white nodding blooms of Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop. While other spring ephemerals and perennials are still slumbering away, this little bulb seems unaffected by freezi... read more
  • Rocket Men

    We are pleased to share this guest blog post by Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line: Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park, which originally appeared on Today is opening day of Spring Cutback on the High Line, the ninth since the park opened in 2009. Visitors ma... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Midwinter Fire bloodtwig dogwood

    Each winter season on the High Line brings new discoveries and challenges that the gardeners must work with to keep the plants healthy and beautiful until March cutback. Between the high winds, frigid temperatures, ice, and snow storms, some of the plants can look slightly tattered by mid-Febr... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Gibraltar bushclover

    Lespedeza thunbergii 'Gibraltar', or Gibraltar bushclover, is a medium-sized, shrub-like, late-flowering perennial in the pea family (Fabaceae). Originally native to Japan and China, Lespedeza thunbergii has naturalized throughout much of the Northeast United States. The cultivar 'Gibraltar' w... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: An Increasingly Rare Breed

    How many botanists do you know? For many people, the answer is none and that's a problem because land managers and governments at the town, county, state and federal level need botanists to determine what habitats to prioritize, to make recommendations about how best to restore lost habitat an... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Grey birch

    Grey birches give us so much to discuss! Ornamental gardeners may first point out the unique form and chevron-marked bark (both on display this season). Or perhaps they will focus on the foliage-glossy green leaves that move well in the wind and turn an attractive yellow in fall. The practical... read more
  • Spring Cutback 2018: Become a Volunteer

    In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth.During this monumental horticultural effort, called Spring Cut... read more