The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment.
As Director of Horticulture for the Friends of the High Line, Andi Pettis leads a world-class team of gardeners who care for this beloved elevated park in Manhattan. Andi’s horticulture career in New York City spans nearly two decades, including work in both private and public garden settings, park management, and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden. Join Grow Native Massachusetts on Wednesday, May 2 at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, at 7 pm for a free lecture featuring Andi Pettis. For more information visit http://www.grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts. Photo by Liz Ligon of Ms. Pettis carrying a tote bag designed for the Friends of the High Line by Diane von Furstenburg.