High above New York’s bustling streets there is a green surprise in wait. A garden in the sky.
This is The High Line, an elevated, linear park that was opened in 2009 on a disused freight rail track that had closed in the 1980’s.
Archive photos before work began.
The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running. Today, the High Line includes more than 500 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture.
Piet Oudolf designed the planting.
A walk along the High Line gives spectacular views of the Hudson RiverAnd down onto the streets of New York
Running through various ‘habitats’ of prairie
and woodlandPlaces to soak up the sun or sit in the shade.And glimpse some of New York’s iconic buildings.Grabbed a few ideas such as Corten steel for raised bedsAnd cloud-pruning smoke bush Cotinus ‘Grace’ to prevent it swamping the underplanting
But sadly all good things must come to an end….and it did!
Looking very strange; a piece of woodland looming over the busy New York streets! I loved the planting and the atmosphere it created, and admired all the work put in by the energetic and passionate ‘Friends of the High Line’.
If you are in New York please try to visit. Ninety-eight percent of the High Line’s operating budget is covered by voluntary contributions.