The High Line Blog

  • Our Second Week of Spring Cutback

    Despite the steely gray sky, we relished the opportunity to get our (gloved) hands dirty during Wednesday's all-staff Spring Cutback. We’ve completed our second week of Spring Cutback, reaching the halfway point in our effort to shear back more than 100,000 plants along the High Line. As we tr... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Spring Colors

    A male cardinal perches atop one of the High Line’s birch trees. Photo by Steven Severinghaus This week High Line Gardeners and volunteers continued to work to trim back dried grasses along the High Line and visitors rejoiced at every new colorful crocus that popped up. And it turns out that i... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Leadplant

    Leadplant is a deciduous subshrub that grows throughout the High Line. Photo by Friends of 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... read more
  • Spring Cutback Begins

    The sight of all these bright green buckets dotting our planting beds means winter is on its way out. Photo by Liz Ligon On Monday we began to trim back the dried grasses and striking seed heads that added beauty and texture to our gardens this long winter. This annual horticultural endeavor, c... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Last Weeks of ‘Busted’

    Steven Claydon’s sculpture, UNLIMITEDS & LIMITERS, is obscured by the dried grasses of the High Line’s winter landscape. Photo by Steven Severinghaus From the lifelike Human Statue (Jessie) to the humorous Nose Job to the perplexing Number One (from the series Heroes on the Run), the temporary ... read more
  • Celebrating the Crocus, Wild Harbinger of Spring

    Do your worst, weather forecast. These petite blooms are a sure sign that spring is near. Photo by Barry Munger  After enduring months of bitter     read more
  • Plant of the Week: Common Snowdrop

    The delicate blooms of the common snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, are a sure sign that spring is near! Photo by Friends of 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.... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Spring is Springing

    This GIF shows the High Line at West 20th Street at three points during the spring season: before Spring Cutback, after Spring Cutback, and later in spring as new growth takes over the planting beds. Photos by Melissa Mansur  After the winter that we’ve had, tomorrow’s 50° F (or 10&de... read more
  • Preparing Your Garden for Spring

    Cutting back dried stems and leaves allows fresh growth to flourish in your garden. Photo by Mike Tschappat  We celebrate our gardens year-round at the High Line, paying special attention to the beauty of untouched perennials in the autumn and winter, and preparing for the burst of growt... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Bur Oak

    The young bur oaks, Quercus macrocarpa, growing on the High Line have distinctive corky ridges along their limbs. Photo by Friends of 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... read more