resize-plant-o-rama-photos-001[Danya Sherman, our Program and Outreach Manager, talking up the High Line at our Plant-o-Rama info table]

This past Tuesday, we participated in the 13th Annual Plant-o-Rama, a trade show and syposium co-hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Metro Hort Group.   Our best guess is that over 100 vendors, non-profits, and tradespeople attended the day-long trade show, which was a great opportunity to meet and greet horticulture professionals from nurseries, community organizations, and wholesale growers.

One of the main attractions were the panel discussions, with topics like: choosing plants for a sustainable garden, led by Daniel Hinkley; the plants of the Arnold Arboretum, led by curator Michael Dosmann; and “Planthropology,” a talk based on Ken Druse‘s new book about the scientific secrets of plants.  (For the horti-curious, Ken also has a podcast available on his blog.)

We met some great people and shared the exciting news about the High Line’s upcoming opening.  We also spread the word about maintenance and operations positions we’ll be hiring for later this year. Look for the job openings in our next e-newsletter- if you don’t already get updates, you can sign up on our web site.

Northern Spur Preserve: Ramp revealed!


 [View looking north at the Northern spur over 10th Avenue.]

Work is quickly progressing at the Northern spur, a horticultural preserve located on a portion of the High Line that juts across 10th Avenue, just north of Chelsea Market.  The landscape at the Northern spur is designed to recall the self-sown landscape that grew up on the High Line after the trains stopped running. The High Line’s landscape team planted over 7,500 native grasses and perennials in early November, before the soil froze.

Construction crews are now beginning to install non-slip, brushed-aluminum grating panels along a ramped structure that will provide access to and from the lower level. At the mid-point of the ramp, a cantilevered overlook will offer visitors views of both the preserve below them, and of the city beyond.


[Detail: A brushed-aluminum ramp provides a non-slip walking surface between the lower and upper levels of the High Line.]

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High Line Horticulture Tours Were Hot, Hot, Hot

Despite the heat wave this weekend, 80 intrepid High Line supporters took part in our first ever High Line horticulture tours on Saturday. Alex Feleppa, director of horticulture for the Horticultural Society of New York, took visitors on a journey through the rail yards section of the Line (30th-34th Streets), the only part of the Line not yet under construction. Alex highlighted native and invasive species, plants’ adaptation to tough conditions like those on the High Line, and the way seeds spread and germinate.

These tours were part of our regular spring/summer programming calendar. To hear about upcoming programs, join our mailing list, or better yet, become a member of Friends of the High Line. Members get advance notice of programming events.

High Line Horticulture Walk: Only a Few Spots Left

It’s not too late to join us and Alex Feleppa, director of horticulture for the Horticultural Society of New York, for a naturalist walk on the rail yards section of the High Line. The walks are this Saturday, June 7 (there are three sessions.)

We’re not usually able to bring people up to the High Line, so this is a rare chance to see it in its natural state.

Space is extremely limited and there are only a few slots left. Once they are full, you will be able to add yourself to the wait list, and we’ll contact you if there’s a cancellation.

The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Of course, you can always become a member to get early notice and discounts on programs like this in the future.

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