Friends of the High Line is celebrating the Chelsea Grasslands section of the High Line this September—and you're invited.
All month long, we're hosting a series of events to showcase this special area of the park between West 18th and West 20th Streets, which was inspired by the tallgrass prairie of the American Midwest. Through themed tours, family programming, social media, food, and a panel featuring High Line planting designer Piet Oudolf, we'll highlight the heritage, design, plant ecology, and cultural history of the grasslands.
Won't be in New York to visit the park? Stay connected with us on Facebook to catch live videos with gardeners and special Plant of the Week posts, and check out our site dedicated to the Grasslands Celebration. You can also learn more about the plantings in the Grasslands through our specially created guide.
But if you'll be in New York this month, we hope you'll help us celebrate in person. Here are some of the ways you can get involved when you visit the park:
Pick up a Grasslands guide. Our guide, which also includes our fall and winter programming calendar, details a dozen of the plants featured in the Chelsea Grasslands and helps visitors create the perfect self-guided tour. Find the guide at our information booths on the High Line at Gansevoort Street and West 17th Street.
Get a free, limited edition Grasslands poster designed by artist Michael De Feo. While you're picking up your guide, ask about De Feo's exclusive poster he created for the Grasslands Celebration – and stay tuned to the blog for more information about our collaboration with De Feo, who has partnered with the Friends of the High Line on several other key projects.
Take a free Grasslands-themed tour. Grasslands-focused tours will be held on Tuesdays throughout the month: September 6, September 13, and September 20. Each Tuesday will have morning and evening tours at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
Indulge in Grasslands-themed food from our High Line Food vendors. Several of our on-site vendors have created Grasslands-themed items, including Terroir, People's Pops, and Melt.
Learn about Grasslands from a panel of experts. Prairie in the City, a panel focusing on the Grasslands and recreating the American prairie landscape in gardens, will feature High Line planting designer Piet Oudolf, On the High Line author Annik La Farge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Curator of Native Flora Uli Lorimer, and Friends of the High Line Director of Horticulture Andi Pettis. The panel will be held on Monday, September 26. Click here for more information.
Friends of the High Line is deeply grateful to The Tiffany & Co. Foundation for supporting the design and construction of the Chelsea Grasslands, helping bring Piet Oudolf's vision for the Chelsea Grasslands to life.
Celebrating the Chelsea Grasslands is made possible, in part, by
TD Bank—the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line.