The High Line Blog

  • 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
  • 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 Livinthehighline.com. 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