The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Wild Spurge

    Euphorbia corollata is one of three kinds of Euphorbia that you can find on the High Line. It's a small herbaceous perennial that features tall slender stems, alternate leaves and dainty looking flowers. In the wild, Euphorbia corollata can be found growing in the woods and fields of the Unit... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Mexican Hat

    Many people think the High Line that exists today is "natural", exactly like it was when it was when the rail track was abandoned in the 1980's. In fact, almost every bit of the High Line was planted according to our master plan. However, the design is not set in stone. Piet Oudolf wants his c... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Swamp Azalea

    There are two Rhododendron species represented in the High Line collection, both located in the Flyover woodland garden. The swamp azalea, Rhododendron viscosum, is in full, fragrant bloom. It is an openly branched shrub that grows up to 12 feet tall, but on average maxes at 5 feet. The lea... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Starting From Seed

    In the last Gardening in the Sky post I discussed the horticulture team's motivation for starting a small propagation program. In addition to resolving some of the difficulties we've had with sourcing our plants locally, propagating plants helps us understand them better. Each plant has dif... read more
  • Teen Night: Look Back At It!

    "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." -Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher Time travel with us on July 12 from 6 - 9 pm as we "look back" at the history of New York from the 60s to today -- all on the High Line! We, the Teen Arts and Culture Council... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hay-Scented Fern

    Photo by Ayinde Listhrop Dennstaedtia punctilobula is a new addition to the High Line this year, and it already provides an immediate contribution to the park's visual aesthetic during these early summer months. With hairy yellow-green fronds, which appear radiant in the afternoon sun, it... read more
  • Behind the Bushes: The Gay History of the High Line

    In a lovely elegy for the "queer building" of 2 Columbus Circle, former New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote about the role gay audiences play in historic preservation and reuse, and in the collective memory of a city: The gay audience, excluded by society, has an o... read more
  • Introducing the High Line Network

    Twenty years ago, transforming an industrial relic into a public park seemed like a far-fetched idea. But by collaborating with an array of community leaders, organizations, elected officials, and supporters, we were able to create an extraordinary public space together. The High Line's success... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Walker’s Low Persian catmint

    Nepeta racemosa is an herbaceous perennial native to the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran. Purple flowers bloom on spikes from late spring through fall and are loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. Cats are also interested in this plant! The leaves and stems of Nepet... read more
  • Out of Line: Q&A with Shaun Leonardo

    Now in its second year, Out of Line presents a new set of arresting, intriguing, and playful performances by some of New York City's most exciting contemporary artists. Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of m... read more