The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Virginia rose

    This time of year, the serrated leaves of Rosa virginiana are an eye-catching bright yellow set off by prickled red stems. Virginia rose, as it is commonly called, is hard to miss among the taupes and khakis of the winter garden. This is only the latest stage in a dramatic transition from deep... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Japanese forest grass

    As we celebrate and admire the winter structure and texture as the garden design intended, we notice how plants quietly fall, topple, and slouch under the weight of snow or the wear of cold wind. For some plants, it is in their habit to do so gracefully. For others, it's a process of breakage and... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Northern sea oats

    At this time of year, it's easy to walk past sections of browning plants and dismiss the possibility of winter interest. However, for the more enthusiastic plant lover, gardener, designer or landscape painter this is seen as a time to really appreciate the structure and form of a garden w... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: More Complex Than We Think

    This fall, my favorite bird returned to the High Line, announcing itself with a reedy, melancholy whistle. White-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) overwinter in our region and are common at this time of year. On the High Line, you can see them foraging through the leaf litter for seed... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Eastern cottonwood

    On this cold December day, I'm reminded of the sheer beauty of the High Line's trees in the winter time. The naked silhouettes of the bare trees are enough to warm my soul while looking up through their vein-like branching structure. I can't stop my imagination from running wild visualizing th... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Rose mallow

    The spectacular foliage on the High Line this autumn is a testament to the unseasonably warm weather we've been enjoying in New York City. As the winter weather picks up, the garden is slowly starting to shed its layers and reveal its bones. The gardeners work hard to keep the dormant plants l... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Dwarf fothergilla

    As the season comes to a close, the High Line becomes awash with fall color. One of my favorite plants during this time of year is Fothergilla gardenii. The combination of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples in one small shrub is a sensational sight every fall. Fothergilla gardenii is a na... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wildfire black tupelo

    Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire' is a single stem tree with an attractive pyramidal shape in youth, a more rounded form in maturity, and striking foliage. Its fall colors are stunning, with oranges and reds. New growth throughout spring and summer is of a bright red, while mature leaves are a deep, ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Thank You for Being a Pest

    Wasp pollinating a rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) bloom. Many wasps also parasitize garden pests. When insects appear on a favorite plant, one's first inclination might be to grab the bottle of insecticidal soap. This isn't always the wisest response, though. Each summer on the H... read more
  • Neighborhood Toy Drive

    Spread holiday cheer by contributing toys for neighborhood children and youth! Friends of the High Line is partnering with local businesses to collect toys for children and families living in the Fulton and Chelsea-Elliot Houses. To participate, drop off new, unwrapped toys between Friday, ... read more