Park update: The Interim Walkway at the Western Rail Yards (between 30th & 34th Streets) will be closed to the public on June 12 & 13.

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30th Street Challenge
Give by June 20

To meet the demands of our busiest time of the year, we ask all friends of the High Line to help us raise a total of $30,000—$1,000 for each block of our 1.5-mile-long park along Manhattan’s West Side.

Photo by Ayinde Listhrop

Plant of the Week: Autumn Moor Grass

By John Gunderson | November 20, 2017

As the colorful leaves of autumn begin to drop and winter seems to be just around the corner, Autumn moor grass or Sesleria autumnalis is in peak form. This is a cool season semi-evergreen grass that puts on its strongest growth during the cool months of spring and fall. After the heat of summer subsides, slightly faded foliage returns to the robust bright green of the previous spring. This is soon followed by beautiful creamy white inflorescences held high on 18″ stems. These flowers will turn golden brown in late autumn and persist through winter adding additional interest.

After years of gardening on the High Line, Sesleria autumnalis has become one of my favorite grasses because of its subtle beauty, as well as its resilience and versatility. As a native to the upper moorlands of Europe, it can take quite a beating from the wind, a constant challenge here in the park. I also find that it does equally well in sun or partial shade and can tolerate both dry and medium wet soils once established. Planted in large sweeps or informal groupings, Autumn moor grass is a beautiful and durable addition to any garden.

A clump forming cool season grass, Sesleria autumnalis does well in sun or shade, tolerates both semi-wet and dry soil, but does not tolerate extreme heat or humidity. Propagate by division in spring.

In Gansevoort Woodland and Washington Grasslands from Gansevoort to 14th Streets, Chelsea Grassland at 19th Street, and in Wildflower Field and Radial Plantings at 30th Street.

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 500 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each 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. Every week we share one of our gardeners’ current favorites with you.

Our horticultural team counts on members and friends like you to help keep the High Line beautiful and thriving. Join our community of supporters who play an essential role in the High Line’s most important gardening projects.

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