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Prairie in the City

Monday, September 26, 2016
6 – 7pm
Location provided upon registration

Discover the intersections of the garden design, plant ecology, and cultural history of our Chelsea Grasslands during a panel featuring three experts in their respective fields and moderated by Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture at Friends of the High Line. Guest panelists include planting designer Piet Oudolf,
On the High Line author Annik La Farge, and Curator of the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Uli Lorimer.


Annik La Farge

Annik La Farge is a writer, editor, photographer, lecturer, and lifelong lover of New York City parks. She is the author of On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park (now in its second edition) and since 2009 has been writing about the High Line and other urban greenways around the world on the blog She lives behind the High Line’s lawn on West 22nd Street.

Uli Lorimer

Uli Lorimer is the Curator of Native Flora at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he works closely with regional botanists and horticulturalists to promote the use of native plants in the landscape. He is an avid photographer and lectures widely about native plants and ecology. In addition, he teaches classes at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Botanical Garden, and Farm School NYC. Uli also serves on the Council of the Torrey Botanical Society as Field Chair.

Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf is the landscape and garden designer responsible for the planting design on the High Line. He started his landscape and garden design practice in 1976 in his hometown of Haarlem, The Netherlands, and now lives and works in the eastern Netherlands city of Hummelo with his wife, Anja. A leading figure in the “New Perrennial” movement of plant design, Piet’s work ranges from private gardens to large public spaces and is featured all over the world.

Andi Pettis

Andi Pettis is the Director of Horticulture at Friends of the High Line, where she is responsible for the team of gardeners who care for and maintain the more than 110,000 plants on the High Line.


TD Bank is the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line.

Public Programs on the High Line are supported by Altman Foundation. These programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.