Your contribution will help provide our gardeners with tools and repair equipment as they trim back last year’s foliage to make way for spring growth throughout the park.Donate today
We’re proud to be composting 100% of our plant material—which allows us to generate healthy food for our plants and soil organisms.
Recycling plant debris into our plant beds as mulch, compost, and enables last year’s growth to foster the health of our gardens this year. This process will mimic the natural decomposition of plant life—and subsequent nutrient uptake by new plants—that would take place in a wild landscape.
During this busy Spring Cutback season, you may notice that we’re leaving some plants and leaf litter in-place. We made this change because more than 20 species of wild bees make their homes on the High Line—and some species are so tiny that they spend winter inside plant stems no wider than coffee stirrers! Spiders, ladybugs, lacewings, and others live here, too, and help our gardens by eating harmful pests. By keeping dead plant material around, we’re protecting the homes of these precious pollinators and pest-eaters.
Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, we are not accepting general volunteers for our 2021 Spring Cutback. If you’re interested in learning about future volunteer opportunities, please fill out this form.
Volunteers join an enthusiastic and dedicated team, work side-by-side with High Line gardeners to shear back grasses and perennials using pruners and scissors, and help us prepare for a lush, beautiful growing season Spring Cutback.