The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Indian hemp

    On bright days in early March, with a low yet strengthening winter sun, it's often preferable to walk the High Line from south to north to avoid glare. The crimson of open dogbane fruit throughout the Western Rail Yards, however, only reveals itself when lit from behind as one heads south towa... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Corsican hellebore

    Hellebores are among the first plants to bloom in spring. On the High Line, our species of choice is Helleborus argutifolius, or the Corsican hellebore. The species is from Europe and Asia, and is suitable for growing zones 5a-8a in the United States. It prefers the dappled light or shade of a... read more
  • High Line Magazine: Creating a More Equitable High Line

    In this issue of the High Line Magazine, we're focusing on data. But data, at its heart, tells stories—and sometimes the stories of individuals can be just as rich and meaningful as a set of numbers. When Friends of the High Line (FHL) asked me to contribute a piece for this magazine about... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Golden Bunch crocus

    Do you want a break from the winter? Come take a stroll on the High Line to experience the delicate yellow blooms of Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch', commonly referred to as the Golden Bunch crocus. This yellow beauty is our earliest blooming crocus here on the High Line, and one of our most ... read more
  • A Note from Robert Hammond

    Recently, I did an interview with CityLab about a new initiative we started called the High Line Network. I encourage you to read the entire piece as it outlines, rather nicely, a lot of the hard work we're doing here at the High Line. One very small section of the article truncates a l... 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
  • Gardening in the Sky: What Makes Good Habitat for Humans?

    I began my last post about bird habitats by talking about the white-throated sparrow because this is one of the animals that enriches my life and makes New York City livable for me. We tend to think about wildlife when we talk about habitat, but what about us humans? What kind of habitat do we... read more
  • High Line Magazine: Arts & Culture for All

    In my mind, the day was hot. I was walking down the street with my Chinese parents in the small Ohio town where we lived. It was the early 1970s. Perhaps we were at an intersection, waiting to cross. Perhaps we were on the way to Moore's for breakfast, where the three of us would split two... read more
  • 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