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Autumn Arrives on the High Line

pipe As summer finally fades into autumn, the High Line will be transformed with a new season of horticultural features.
Northern Spur Preserve thanks to the Christy and John Mack Foundation. Photo by Steven Cohen

Autumn is one of our favorite seasons on the High Line, and a time when many of the species planted here come into their own.

Very soon, the now-green landscape will soon erupt into rich colors — warm golds, vivid reds, and deep browns.


We're particularly looking forward to watching the sassafras and sumacs that punctuate the Washington Grasslands and Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck flare into orange. There are, too, a number of flowering plants like toadlily and aromatic aster that will bloom with such boldness that the park will feel like it's in its second spring.

"There are so many exciting aspects to a High Line autumn," says Patrick Cullina, Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations. "From the purple fruits of the black chokeberry to the profuse, yellow lantern-like flowers of the Bill McKenzie clematis to the lustrous burgundy foliage of the Wintherthur smooth witherod, there is a wonderfully diverse collection of seasonal highlights throughout the park."

Before you head out to explore the High Line's changing landscape, we recommend grabbing a copy of our new Fall Plant Guide. You'll find full-color photographs and maps to help you identify some of the High Line's most popular plants, learn their origins, how to grow them, and more.


Check out the complete list of September Blooms, download a free version of our Fall 2010 Plant Guide, and learn more about the High Line's planting design on our Web site.

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