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Erika Harvey
Peregrine falcons are just one of the many birds that you may be surprised to see at the High Line. Photo by Annik La Farge.
 

The High Line’s plantings are not only beautiful – they provide a year-round oasis for both local and migratory birds. From wooded areas that are good for nesting, to dried seed heads left intact over the winter that offer a source of food during the cold season, the High Line is a natural habitat for urban birds.

In this series of blog posts, we’ll be joined by High Line Gardener and resident naturalist Maryanne Stubbs, for a closer look at the birds you’ll find at the High Line.

Learn more about the High Line’s year-long winged residents after the jump.

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Erika Harvey
Twisted-leaf garlic, Allium obliquum, is an edible in the garlic family.
 

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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The wonders of the carnival await you on Tuesday, June 19. Prepare to be dazzled and delighted with spiked snow cones, games and prizes, and music by DJ Kiss.

We hope you’ll join us for our annual Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach   it’s a great way to have fun and support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the park at the same time.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Sicilian honey garlic, Allium siculum subspecies dioscoridis, is one of the many alliums that’s popping up in the High Line’s planting beds.
 

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.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The buds of Eastern redbud Appalachian Red begins to appear along the branches of the tree in mid-March. These vibrant blooms were one of the many spectacular displays in the park this spring. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.
 

With more than 1,500 contributors, the High Line Flickr Pool gathers some of the best photographs of the park. The images are displayed in a rotating gallery on our Web site, giving High Line fans from afar, or those stuck in the office, a great way to keep track of park life. On the blog, we like to recognize the talented photographers who share their unique perspectives of the park.

Over the past six weeks, as volunteers and staff worked hard to trim back dried plant material during Spring Cutback, the park’s plants have reemerged with new spring growth. It’s the perfect time to be in the park – you’ll find blooms covering shrubs and trees, vibrant green grasses, and spring bulbs popping up everywhere.

Here is a look back at the progression of spring, as seen by contributors to the High Line Flickr Pool.

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Erika Harvey
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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