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Spring Cutback

Spring Cutback is one our most important team-building exercises, strengthening the relationship between us, our supporters, and our gardens. At the High Line, we leave our displays of dried leaves, stalks, and seedheads standing through the winter, providing habitat for birds and other animals.

To make room for new spring growth, horticulture volunteers join our gardeners every March to complete the massive task of cutting back our plants by hand, to be composted and returned to the soil.

Learn about volunteering

 

Spring Cutback is one our most important team-building exercises, strengthening the relationship between us, our supporters, and our gardens. At the High Line, we leave our displays of dried leaves, stalks, and seedheads standing through the winter, providing habitat for birds and other animals.

To make room for new spring growth, horticulture volunteers join our gardeners every March to complete the massive task of cutting back our plants by hand, to be composted and returned to the soil.

Learn about volunteering

 

Composting & Debris

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 compost tea 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.

Volunteer

As a Spring Cutback volunteer you will 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.

How to become a Spring Cutback volunteer
Volunteers must be 18 years or older, attend one training session in February, and complete one volunteer shift between March 4 and March 27. The volunteer shifts will be held from 8:30 – 10 am and 12 – 1:30 pm on Mondays, and 8:30 – 10 am on Wednesdays.

UPDATE: All Spring Cutback volunteer slots for 2019 have been filled. To become a High Line volunteer & join us for a future Spring Cutback, please fill out an application.

Share your story

Spring Cutback is one of our biggest efforts of the year. Help us spread the word about this core program by sharing your story. Use the hashtag #SpringCutback to share your experience, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @highlinenyc.

If you are a High Line member and are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Joel Alter at joel.alter@thehighline.org.

We welcome corporate support. If your company is interested in supporting Spring Cutback or volunteering, please contact Nancy Harwood at nancy.harwood@thehighline.org.

We appreciate your enthusiasm and support. If you have any questions about Spring Cutback or our Volunteer Program, please email volunteers@thehighline.org.

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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Support

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

High Line Gardens are supported by Greenacre Foundation.

REI is a Supporting Sponsor of the High Line Volunteer Program.

The Volunteer Program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council.