Get Involved: Volunteer at High Line Spring Cutback

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 2:00am

Get Involved: Volunteer at High Line Spring Cutback


As temperatures rise and the days get longer, join us for High Line Spring Cutback, our biggest horticultural event of the year.

In keeping with landscape designer Piet Oudolf’s vision for year-round texture and color in the High Line’s landsacpe, the park’s plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather. Instead, the wild grasses, plant stalks, and dried seed heads define the winter landscape. That means our gardeners must cut back all of the High Line’s plants in the early spring to make way for new growth.

With 225,000 square feet of planting beds, containing more than 100,000 plants, Spring Cutback is a monumental undertaking, and we couldn’t do it without you!


Volunteers must attend a training session, and work at least two shifts between Monday, March 4 and Friday, March 29.

Training sessions take place from 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19, Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22. Volunteer shifts are available Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:00 – 10:30 AM, and 12:00 – 2:00 PM, between Monday, March 4 and Friday, March 29.

Fill out a Volunteer Application and mail it to the address on the form or bring it with you to the training session of your choice.

If you plan to join us, please sign-up for a training session.


During Spring Cutback you will:
  • Join an enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers
  • Work side-by-side with High Line Gardeners to sheer back grasses and perennials by hand, using pruners, and scissors
  • Get to know the ins and outs of the High Line’s landscape
  • Watch new green shoots and spring bulbs emerge as you trim tufts of wild grasses and overwintered perennials
  • Help us prepare for a lush, beautiful growing season ahead

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REI is a Supporting Partner of the High Line Volunteer Program. High Line Spring Cutback is supported by Bloomberg, Google, REI, and Toyota.