In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf’s vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather. Instead, the textured grasses, skeletal plant stalks, and dried seed heads define the High Line’s winter landscape. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth. This horticultural effort, called High Line Spring Cutback, takes place throughout the month of March.
Spring Cutback is a monumental task, requiring the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers over the course of several weeks. Together, we trim back more than 100,000 plants that grow along our mile-long park – and we would love your help.
Learn how you can become a Spring Cutback volunteer.