The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Twinleaf

    Jeffersonia diphylla, also called twinleaf, can be found at the Gansevoort Woodlands and Tiffany & Company Foundation Overlook. Jeffersonia was named by the botanist Benjamin Smith Barton to honor the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and it is in the Berberidaceae fa... read more
  • Art is in Bloom

    Spring has (finally) sprung, and art is in bloom on the High Line. Popping up this season are several exhibitions featuring an international roster of artists inspiring conversation and surprise. Pope.L, chmera, 2018. Part of Agora, a High Line Commission. On view April 2018 – March 2019... read more
  • FEED: A garden soundscape

    Experience the High Line gardens in a way you never have before. Brooklyn-based poet Tommy Pico, originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, walks you through the park, sharing whispered stories, memories, and secrets of what the gardens' microclimates evoke for him. H... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Survival of the... Fairest?

    Spring ephemerals are plants that emerge, bloom, produce seed, and disappear all within a matter of weeks. These plants employ fascinating survival strategies to get a jump-start on other species or to overcome tough conditions. Like other so-called "charismatic" species, many spring ephemeral... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Pagoda yellow dogtooth violet

    As spring bulbs emerge, the glossy, mottled leaves of a plant called Erythronium 'Pagoda', also called Pagoda yellow dogtooth violet, can be seen. They bloom from mid-April to May. It is in the lily family (Liliaceae), and is also known as trout lily. The common name comes from the trout fi... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Purple prairie clover

    During our 2018 Spring Cutback, some selected plant species are intentionally left uncut, keeping their dried stems in the plant bed. This experiment is to provide more nesting opportunities and increase habitat for pollinators in the park. Some plants with slender stems are ideal for wild be... read more
  • Spring Cutback Volunteer Spotlight: Gabriela Pereyra

    Our annual Spring Cutback wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our horticulture volunteers and gardeners, who help trim back more than 110,000 plants along our 1.5-mile-long park. Meet High Line volunteer Gabriela Pereyra, who is participating in Spring Cutback for the ... read more
  • 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