Gardens of the High Line

Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes

By Piet Oudolf Rick Darke

“If you can't get to the High Line. . . this is the next best thing.” —The Washington Post
 
Before it was restored, the High Line was an untouched, abandoned landscape overgrown with wildflowers. Today it’s a central plaza, a cultural center, a walkway, and a green retreat in a bustling city that is free for all to enjoy. This beautiful, dynamic garden was designed by Piet Oudolf, one of the world’s most extraordinary garden designers. Gardens of the High Line, by Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke, offers an in-depth view into the planting designs, plant palette, and maintenance of this landmark achievement. It reveals a four-season garden that is filled with native and exotic plants, drought-tol­erant perennials, and grasses that thrive and spread. It also offers inspiration and advice on recreating its iconic, naturalistic style. Featuring stunning photographs by Rick Darke and an introduction by Robert Hammond, the founder of the Friends of the High Line, this large-trim, photo-driven book is a must-have gem of nature of design.

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“A wholly enchanting celebration of the transformation of one sliver of urban industrial landscape.” —Booklist starred review

“Darke’s photos, taken from the park’s start to its end and at all times of day in all seasons, tell the story best. . . . Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will engage gardeners, landscape designers, and city dwellers everywhere and inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned spaces.” —Library Journal starred review

“If you can't get to the High Line, the image-rich publication is the next best thing. In some ways, it's better, because its pictures bring home the seasonality of the plants. . . . pore through the book.” —The Washington Post

Gardens of the High Line is exquisite, and a treat for regular High Line visitors and those who can only admire the space from afar. . . . a plant lover’s dream.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk

“Provides a richly illustrated and informative tour through the total expanse of the High Line. . . . Whether you are a repeat visitor to this unique park or preparing for your initial tour, this book is an engaging and helpful guide. Studying its photographs made me eager to plan yet another visit. I’m willing to bet it will have the same effect on you.” —Gardenista​

“The copious photographs are the book's glory.” —Choice starred review

“The text is at its best when sharing practical design and horticultural insights.” —Gardens Illustrated

“A photo-driven account of Piet Oudolf’s planting designs for New York’s celebrated elevated linear garden. . . . this soft-backed, coffee-table book documents the sequence of its 13 distinct gardens. The photography owes much to Rick Darke’s knowledgeable plantsman’s eye. There’s no trickery with misty light or abstract close ups of flowers. Instead, the intricate planting palettes and their patterns are clearly legible.” —Gardens Illustrated UK

“This lush, oversize paperback brings to life one of America’s most sought-after destinations.” —Hortus

“One of the things the book captures so beautifully is what [the High Line] looks like through the seasons, and the different ways people use it throughout the seasons, and respond to it.” —Cultivating Place

“Their book provides what has been missing from this crowd-generating park, a species-by-species detailing of the plants.” —Architectural Record

“One of the most beautiful gardening books to cross my desk in recent years.” —Three Dogs in a Garden

“A fine, insightful work. At first glance it has the air of a coffee table book, but this is a considered offering that will speak to anyone who has walked the garden.” —The English Garden
Product Details
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Number of pages
320
Publication date
June 14, 2017
ISBN
9781604696998