The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

    On February 2, the groundhog saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Not to fear, the High Line features a four season garden where something is blooming 'round the clock. Even in February, typically the coldest month of the year, visitors will find hellebores, witch hazels, and ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Parker’s Variety fern-leaf yarrow

    There are approximately 100 yarrow species and at least three times as many cultivars in existence. On the High Line, there are two species and three cultivars, including A. filipendulina 'Parker's Variety,' also called fern-leaf yarrow, A. millefolium 'Terracota' and A. millefolium 'Walther F... read more
  • High Line Magazine: A Skyscraper On Its Side

    If the High Line ran vertically, it would easily be the tallest building in the world. Here's a new way to look at the High Line: by the numbers. Infographic by Anton Egorov. (Click image to expand) This infographic originally appeared last fall in the bi-annual High Line Magazine, which is... read more
  • Bur Oak

    Plant of the Week: Bur oak

    I last wrote about the bur oak in September, during our celebration of the Chelsea Grasslands. In that blog post, I mainly focused on the characteristics of the tree that make it a classic specimen of the tallgrass prairie. Winter is a chance to highlight different features of the native oak. The... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Giant pussy willow

    January usually marks the true beginning of winter weather here in the city. With the temperature starting to hover around freezing and lately being quite below that, it is tempting to spend more time inside planning for the next season. However, the intrepid gardener venturing through the fri... read more
  • High Line Magazine: B1G DA+A and Parks

    Data drives decisions. That's why urban planners, policy makers, designers, and engineers are increasingly using data collection, visualization, and analysis tools to inform decisions for improving the way our cities and public spaces work—especially in a megalopolis like New York. Tactics ran... read more
  • A Public Space for All

    As we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and continue our efforts to make the High Line a welcoming place for all, we wanted to share with you, our supporters, a message that will greet our visitors.Starting today, we will be posting the below message on signage throughout the pa... read more
  • ​Participate in Spring Cutback 2017

    In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth. During this monumental horticultural effort, called Spring Cu... read more
  • High Line Art Announces the High Line Plinth

    You may have seen a recent article in The New York Times about the High Line Plinth—a new landmark destination for major public art commissions that will be on the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue on the Spur, the new section of the park set to open in mid-2018. The High Line... read more
  • 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