The New York High Line

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This post comes from one of our new bloggers, Nicole, who loves creating delicious wholefoods recipes and enjoys tending her city-sized veg plot and garden in London. Find out more about our team of lovely bloggers on our Meet the Team page.

Desperately in need of a break from my kids and their nearly four weeks of Easter holidays, I booked a trip to New York City. Alone. Having lived there for a couple of years until early 2009 I was eager to get back and visit friends, shop, eat and visit the High Line. I left New York just before the opening of the High Line and it has been on my must-do list ever since. And now I had the chance to visit. Blissfully alone.

New York City View from the High Line

Built on a historic freight rail line and elevated above the streets, the High Line is a public park of over two kilometres long snaking above the west side of Manhattan. Walking at such height gives a voyeuristic view into apartments, restaurants, panoramic views of the Hudson River and the classic NYC street scene, yellow taxis and all.


Before it became a garden...The gardens are beautifully planted with hardy perennials such as hellebores and hostas blended in with both evergreen and deciduous grasses. Splashes of colour come from narcissus and crocuses poking up through the gravel beds.

Hellebores on the High Line in New York City

The drifts of planting and minimal variation make it both elegant and naturalistic. A couple of cafes blend in along the walkway as well as many benches and recliners just to sit and reflect on the views. You do forget you’re in one of the world’s largest cities. That’s the appeal of inner city parks though really.

Planting in the New York City High Line

New York High Line Planting

The first section of the High Line was opened as a public park in 2009 with the second in 2011. Fundraising is currently underway for the final section. The planting is still immature in many sections and I can image that in summer when the plants have fully spread their leaves and blossoms that the colour and variety is spectacular.

Art on the New York High Line

While visiting this new tourist must-see I kept thinking about the derelict rail lines and stations around Hoxton, East London, and imagining what could be possible there. Upon my return one of the first things I did was plant a little indoor gravel garden in a tray with miniature plants inspired by those of the High Line...

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