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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.

Author: 
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.

Author: 
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.

Author: 
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.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The High Line’s Lady Jane tulips are a recent crowd-pleaser. 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.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Last Friday, David Shrigley’s humorous piece, How Are You Feeling?, debuted on HIGH LINE BILLBOARD. It will be on view through May 7. Image courtesy of David Shrigley.
 

Spring is in the air throughout the park. You’ll notice bright flowers popping up among the trimmed back grasses, new green shoots appearing in the planting beds, and the sweet scent of trees and shrubs covered in blooms. High Line Art is also gearing up for an exciting season of new installations, performances, and film screenings.

Here is a look at what’s on view in April.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Treasure & Bond, a new boutique in SoHo, puts a twist on the traditional retail concept by donating 100% of its profits to charities benefiting children in New York City. Image Courtesy of Treasure & Bond.
 

There is a new way to give back to the High Line and the kids in New York City.

Treasure & Bond, a new boutique in SoHo, is donating its store profits between February and the end of April to benefit family programs at Friends of the High Line.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
High Line Facebook fans chose Justin Lintz's nightscape to be the next High Line Print.
 

Last month we asked for your help choosing the next High Line Print for our merchandise program that supports the High Line’s maintenance and operations.

Drawing from a wealth of vibrant photographs in the High Line Flickr Pool, we narrowed it down to five of our favorites, and we asked you to help pick the winner.

More than 1,000 fans on Facebook voted for their favorite photograph, selecting an enchanting nightscape by Justin Lintz as the next High Line Print.

Follow us after the jump for more examples of Justin’s great work.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The 23rd Street Lawn – part of the park that your membership helps maintain. Photo by Iwan Baan.
 

There’s never been a better time to become a member of the High Line, or to renew your membership for the year ahead.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Work continues as our staff and volunteers move north, trimming back plant material to make way for spring growth. Photo by Annik La Farge.
 

We have just completed our fourth 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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