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Gardens of the High Line lets you see and learn from Manhattan’s High Line Park. This park has caused quite a stir in New York and across the nation because it reclaimed an industrial relic and created a popular public space in a crowded city—and also because its plantings are beautiful and innovative. You’ll learn the history of the park, how it was designed, how plants were chosen, and how they are maintained. The spectacular photos, taken in all seasons, let you feast your eyes on this bit of horticultural heaven in the midst of a crowded city. You can use the book to prepare for a visit, seek inspiration for local gardens or public design, or to learn from the park’s wildish gardening style.

The photographers and authors of the book are the landscape designers Piet Oudolf, who created the park’s planting design, and Rick Darke, a photographer and former curator of plants at Longwood Gardens. The introduction is by Robert Hammond, who co-founded, with Joshua David, the nonprofit Friends of the High Line to shepherd the creation of a park from an abandoned elevated railway.

The structure was built 30 feet above the streets in 1934 to protect pedestrians from trains. Between...


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