Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Piet Oudolf's High Line Gardens Open in New York City

As a follow-up to my prior post (heirloom gardener: Great Blog Posts About Piet Oudolf), the High Line in New York City opened this week. From Nicolai Ouroussoff's architectural review in The New York Times:

"A subtle play between contemporary and historical design, industrial decay and natural beauty sets the tone. The surface of the deck, for example, is made of concrete planks meant to echo the linearity of the old tracks. The path slips left and right as it advances, so that at some points you are right up against the edge of the railing and at others you are enveloped in the gardens.
And those gardens have a wild, ragged look that echoes the character of the old abandoned track bed when it was covered with weeds, just a few years ago. Wildflowers and prairie grasses mix with Amelanchier bushes, their branches speckled with red berries. Mr. Corner designed planters to hold the taller trees, and the Gansevoort entry is marked by a cluster of birches. On Saturday the gardens were swarming with bees, butterflies and birds. I half expected to see Bambi."

For the full article, click here.

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