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Beneath the concrete planks and beautiful plantings is an advanced system for water drainage and retention. Photo by Iwan Baan.
 

While you’re walking along the High Line, you may not realize it, but below your feet is an intricate drainage system that helps to reduce storm water runoff and helps to keep our planting beds healthy.

Here’s an inside peek at what’s happening under the surface of the world’s longest green roof.

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Erika Harvey
(Left) Neighborhood kids helped create a community mural during Earth Day in the Sky activities. (Right) Alison Knowles’ Make a Salad invited the audience to take part in the performance by sharing a meal of fresh spring greens. Photos by Liz Ligon.
 

On Sunday, April 22, we hosted the High Line’s first-ever Earth Day celebration to mark the end of Spring Cutback, our biggest horticultural task of the year, and the beginning of a busy spring season.

View photos from the day after the jump.

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Mother’s Day is May 13. Are you looking to make your Mom’s day even more special this year?

Now until Saturday, May 12, you will receive a complimentary High Line Plant Guide with your purchase of our newly-created High Line Note Cards – the perfect gift for moms.

Visit the High Line Web Shop to purchase a note card set today. Orders placed by Sunday, May 6 are guaranteed to arrive by Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13.*

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Erika Harvey
Help us keep the High Line spectacular by casting your vote at Partners in Preservation. With your help, the High Line can receive critical funding for maintenance work on the 10th Avenue Square, pictured above. Photo by Iwan Baan
 

There’s a new way to support the High Line.

The park has been selected as one of 40 historic sites to participate in New York City’s Partners in Preservation, a grantmaking partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. With your votes, we have a chance to receive critical funding for capital improvements at the High Line.

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Erika Harvey
Ten local teens spent their spring break working side-by-side with High Line Gardeners while they learned about green jobs from a variety of guest speakers. Photo by Joan Garvin.
 

As part of our ongoing community engagement initiative, we are always looking for new ways to involve our closest neighbors.

This past week, we piloted a new program we call Green Corps, offering a paid alternative spring break to 10 local teens who spent a week getting hands-on experience with our gardeners and learning more about green jobs.

“Green Corps was a good experience,” Javier Montero, 17, noted after participating in the week-long project. “I think it is important to do because [the High Line] is a place for many people to come and they come from many different places. [Now] I have got a taste of how it is to be a gardener.”

See photos and read quotes from our exciting first Green Corps crew after the jump.

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Erika Harvey
Celebrate the culmination of Spring Cutback and the beginning of spring with a day of community festivities on the High Line. Photo by Barry Munger.
 

Join us for our first-ever Earth Day Celebration on the High Line on Sunday, April 22!

This full day of community festivities will mark the end of High Line Spring Cutback and the beginning of spring at the park.

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Erika Harvey
The genus Cercis includes 10 species of shrubs, commonly referred to as redbuds. On the High Line you’ll find 5 different cultivars, or types. Pictured here is Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red'. Photo by Barry Munger.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

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Erika Harvey
Chelsea Market PassageTMost of the new and returning food partners will be located on the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Street. Photo by Iwan Baan.
 

The beginning of the 2012 season of High Line Food is just around the corner!

You can look forward to enjoying a frozen treat, handcrafted coffee, savory snack, or even a glass of New York State wine, on the High Line soon.

Read more after the jump about our new and returning food partners who will be serving a variety of drinks, snacks, and light meals on the High Line this year.

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Erika Harvey
Become a member or pick up a unique souvenir – all in support of the maintenance and operations of the High Line.
 

The weekend of Earth Day marks the return of the High Line Merchandise and Membership Cart to the Chelsea Market Passage, on the High Line at West 16th Street. Here we’ll be debuting brand new merchandise for the 2012 season, as well as welcoming back returning favorites like our logo tees and High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky. Visitors can also become a member of Friends of the High Line and help keep the park vibrant all year-round.

If you can’t wait until then, check out our Web Shop, or head over to Fab.com April 19 – 21 for a selection of our favorite High Line merchandise at a great discount.

As always, all purchases support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Erika Harvey
Last week, our administrative staff joined our gardeners in the park to help trim back plants near West 29th Street.
 

We are in our final week of High Line Spring Cutback.

Spring Cutback is an intense six-week-long undertaking that involves trimming back the High Line’s wild grasses, perennials, and shrubs to make way for new spring growth. It’s our biggest horticultural task of the year and High Line Gardeners couldn’t do it without the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.

Stop by the park and see the transformation underway, and follow us after the jump for an update on our recent work.

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