Judy Visits The High Line In NYC
Judy was in New York a couple of weeks ago for work, and being an excellent and supportive spouse she took the opportunity to visit the High Line and take lots of photographs. The High Line is a public park that uses abandoned elevated train tracks as a platform.
The design was done by the landscape achitecture firms of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scorfidio and Renfro.
By the way, today is Judy’s birthday. Happy birthday, Judy! Sadly, we are not together as she is now in California for work. She does an ungodly amount of travel. However, we will be meeting out there next week and attending the Garden Blogger’s Fling together.
The High Line is a public space providing all kinds of opportunities for public use. There is space for just sitting, and maybe have lunch outside.
Lots of space for strolling, of course. Judy said the width of the park seemed to be about 10′ to 30′.
Couples can get to know each other better.
The High Line is similar to Chicago’s Lurie garden in that the views take in the strikingly urban and a kind of idealized natural beauty. The High Line is different, though, in that the city and the garden are on much more intimate terms. This girl on a balcony is just a few feet from the High Line.
When I first heard about the High Line I thought it would be a sort of massive green roof, but that is not really the case. Yes, there are low-growing drought tolerant plants, but there are also deep-rooted prairie plants, shrubs, and trees.
Serviceberries ripening in the city air.
Yarrow and Salvia growing among the grasses.
White False Indigo and Prairie Dock that hasn’t sent up any stalks yet. Not sure what that orange flower is.
Knautia, Salvia, and grasses.
Heuchera on one side, and Goatsbeard on the other.
What looks like a white cultivar of Pale Purple Coneflower.
Oh, I can’t forget the garden art.
Now, you would never find this statue in a Chicago park. Jeez, put some pants on.
Oh, and it wouldn’t be New York without a hot dog cart.
Would you like to see this kind of public garden in your town?