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Garden Zone

Donald Pels and Wendy Keys Gansevoort Woodland


At Gansevoort St.

Near the southern terminus of the High Line lies the Gansevoort Woodland—a shaded area predominantly comprises gray birch and serviceberry trees. A series of raised steel planters create an aesthetic tiered effect in the woodland. During the warmer months of the year, wisteria, Japanese hydrangea vine, and clematis cascade over the High Line railings, forming a lush curtain visible to passersby on the street below.
Featured Plants

Minutissimum dwarf lady fern

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Minutissimum’

In its native range, this pioneering fern will take hold on rock surfaces. The fiddleheads are edible, with a flavor reminiscent of artichokes.

Amethyst Falls American wisteria

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’

Native to Northeast American moist woodlands, American wisteria is far less aggressive than Asian varieties.

Autumn moorgrass

Sesleria autumnalis

This cool-season European grass is one of the first plants on the High Line to begin growing in the spring. Moor grass also does well in shade.

Whitespire gray birch

Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’

With distinctive triangular markings punctuating white bark, gray birch is one of the most elegant and easily recognized trees on the High Line.

Allegheny serviceberry

Amelanchier laevis

These native shrubs produce berries in June that are beloved by birds—but don’t mistake them for blueberries.

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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