I was transported (in my mind) to lower Manhattan, New York City a few weeks ago. My friend Lea sent photos from her stroll through Highline Park, an angular, edgy, public garden created on an elevated railroad line built in the 1930s. The tracks, designed to avoid safety hazards of freight cars crisscrossing street-level traffic, were threatened for demolition when a group of community residents began a dedicated process of restoration. Section 1 of Highline Park was completed in 2009 and another section opened in June of 2011. The park has become a vibrant part of NYC and community life.
The ever-changing urban garden includes an array of plants (many native), including trees, shrubs, bulbs, vines and swaths of grasses and perennials. This vibrant witchhazel —Hamamelis ‘Jelena’– blazes with winter color against a backdrop of industrial buildings near the Highline boardwalk.