Garden Zone

Chelsea Thicket


Between 21st St. and 22nd St.

The High Line enters the heart of West Chelsea above 20th Street. The two-block-long Chelsea Thicket features a pathway winding gently through a miniature forest of lush dogwoods, bottlebrush buckeye, hollies, roses, and other shrubs and trees. Here, the original railroad tracks are embedded into the walkway, allowing visitors to walk on them.

Featured Plants

Eva black elderberry

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Eva’

This dark red berry is a key food source for migratory birds; humans have also used it to treat many ailments, from skin irritations to the flu.

Frosted Violet coralbells

Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’

The foliage of this cultivar remains purple even in the shade, adding color to the understory layer of the garden.

Corsican hellebore

Helleborus argutifolius

While care must be taken as parts of the plant are toxic, this beautiful early bloomer is beloved for its shade tolerance and deer resistance.


Sassafras albidum

Oil from the sassafras tree was traditionally used to brew root beer; the plant today has many culinary and cosmetic uses, from gumbo to soap.

Emerald Sentinel™ eastern red cedar

Juniperus virginiana ‘Corcorcor’ Emerald Sentinel™

This slow-growing evergreen tree produces vivid blue cones that resemble berries. In winter, these cones are an important food source for songbirds.

Keep the High Line Thriving

The High Line is beautiful thanks in large part to individual supporters like you. Members provide the tools and resources our gardeners need to keep the gardens open to everyone for seasons to come.

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