Did you know that the High Line‘s Chelsea Grasslands, located between West 18th and West 20th Streets, were inspired by the tallgrass prairie of the American Midwest? To find out more about this beautiful section of the beloved park, head over to the Friends of the High Line‘s month-long celebration featuring grasslands-focused tours, a panel with High Line planting designer Piet Oudolf, and lots of other family-friendly activities and art exhibitions.



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The Chelsea Grasslands, planted with more species per 50 square feet than the rainforest, reach their peak fullness in early autumn, making it the optimal time to see the garden design at its best. Piet Oudolf designed the grasslands using native prairie grasses and perennials that bloom together, offering a gorgeous palette of bright reds, yellows and blues mixed with tall gold and blond grasses.

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The celebration will take place during the entire month of September, with the highlight event, the Prairie in the City panel, taking place on the 26th. The panel will feature three experts and be moderated by Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture at Friends of the High Line. Besides High Line planting designer Piet Oudolf, guest panelists include On the High Line author Annik La Farge, and Uli Lorimer, Curator of the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Additionally, there will be several tours and classes on designing and growing grasslands, along with various family-friendly activities and several pieces of artwork on display. Visitors will also be able to nibble on grasslands-inspired treats such as strawberry lemongrass pops and Prairie Dawn ice cream sandwichs from select High Line food vendors.

For more information, check out the Chelsea Grasslands Celebration website.

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