The grass is always greener….

by Annik on May 28, 2014

Friends of the High Line gardening crew gets the lawn ready for summer

Friends of the High Line gardening crew gets the lawn ready for summer

The sound of a lawn mower on 22nd Street always jolts me to attention. Of course, the mower has to compete with the unending cacophony of construction, but the smell of freshly cut grass does waft up and shimmy through the open windows, so if even if you can’t hear it, you know the High Line is getting its weekly haircut. It’s just a tiny sliver of lawn, and within a couple of weeks it’ll show the impact of the hundreds of visitors who use it as a beach during summer weekends. But right now it’s very green and very plush, so catch it while you can.

For the 2014 season, the High Line gardeners planted a surprise that emerged just as our brutal winter came to an end: a showy crocus that goes by ‘Miss Vain.’ In early April, this lovely little crocus inspired a woman to take a selfie….

Crocus biflorus ‘Miss Vain,’ new to the lawn in 2014

Crocus biflorus ‘Miss Vain,’ new to the lawn in 2014

If you want to enjoy some quiet on the High Line’s lawn, do it now, because the kids are coming….

Story hour on the lawn, August 2012

Story hour on the lawn, August 2012

And then, in a heartbeat, it’s over, and winter returns.

The lawn in winter

The lawn in winter

I just want to pause for a moment and tip my hat to Maeve Turner, who took such wonderful care of the lawn — a formidable task — for five years until just recently, when she left Friends of the High Line for the herb garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. That’s a pretty fabulous place too, and well worth a visit. We miss you, Maeve!

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Gardener in the mist

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