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CELEBRATING MEDICINAL PLANTS

This September, we’re celebrating the past, present, and future of medicinal plants. Simone Leigh’s Brick House, the first High Line Plinth commission, inspired the month’s theme. Leigh’s 16-foot-tall bust of a Black woman reminds us that resiliency requires community and self-care—and medicinal plants often contribute to these essentials.

Medicinal plants and herbs are not only natural ways for us to take care of ourselves, they also carry a historic significance worthy of reflection. Across generations and regions, plants have offered essential sustenance to our survival.

Download our Celebrating Medicinal Plants guide for more information on the plants we’re featuring this month.

This September, we’re celebrating the past, present, and future of medicinal plants. Simone Leigh’s Brick House, the first High Line Plinth commission, inspired the month’s theme. Leigh’s 16-foot-tall bust of a Black woman reminds us that resiliency requires community and self-care—and medicinal plants often contribute to these essentials.

Medicinal plants and herbs are not only natural ways for us to take care of ourselves, they also carry a historic significance worthy of reflection. Across generations and regions, plants have offered essential sustenance to our survival.

Download our Celebrating Medicinal Plants guide for more information on the plants we’re featuring this month.

AN ELEVATED APOTHECARY

This field guide highlights 20 plants from our gardens with long histories of medicinal use. From medieval remedies like mugwort, to the local Lenape tribe’s cures like cattail, read this guide to learn more about the helpful plants we’re reflecting on this month.

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Upcoming Events

Celebrating Medicinal Plants: Wellness Fair

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Join us for a day of guest apothecaries, herbal practitioners, tarot readings, art making, tours, and more.

Celebrating Medicinal Plants: Garden Tour

Take a guided tour of some of the medicinal and utilitarian plants of the High Line’s collections. Led by one of our staff horticulturists, this tour is appropriate for all age groups. This tour takes place every Thursday in September from 6 - 7pm.
Featured Medicinal Plants

American sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

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Sassafras

Sassafras albidum

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Grey birch

Betula populifolia

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Adopt a Plant

Be part of the deep care and effort that goes into keeping the High Line wild—and open for everyone. Adopt a High Line plant, and you’ll help keep our gardens thriving all year long.

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Public Support

High Line Programs, Tours, and accessibility are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

Horticulture on the High Line is supported by Greenacre Foundation.

Major support for High Line Programs is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston.

Major support of the High Line Plinth comes from a dedicated group of contemporary art leaders and philanthropists. The High Line Plinth Committee supports the realization and success of major art commissions on the Plinth. The Committee includes Shelley Fox Aarons, Fairfax Dorn, Andrew Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Mario J. Palumbo, Jr, and one anonymous donor.