Have you had to say goodbye to a great friend? I’ve hugged many a woman friend goodbye over my adult years, and every time, I feel like my heart is breaking in half. Gone will be the fun times spent together … gardening, chatting, sharing a meal, driving from one adventure to the next. Well, another best friend of mine is moving on, but we determined that it would be the long goodbye, one during which we have loads of fun and that we’d both remember for years to come. Yup, my girlfriend Pat and I are visiting gardens we’ve always talked about but never made the time to visit together.
I met my best friend Pat during training to become an Essex County Master Gardener ten years ago. She is one of seven women gardeners friends I dubbed “The Magnificent Seven” because each of these women is just that — magnificent friends, magnificent gardeners, magnificent partners in crime. Two of the original seven have already relocated, and now it’s Pat’s turn. But she’s not leaving until we’ve visited some gardens together!
First stop? The High Line in New York City.
If you plan to visit New York City, plan to walk the High Line. It’s an elevated garden — 30 feet above the streets and sidewalks — that runs along the west side of the City. Once a busy freight line, it was abandoned in 1980, languished, was threatened with demolition, was rescued and is an ongoing public/private project that brings a unique kind of park to arguably one of the most unique cities in the world. The High Line is a great place for a meandering walk any time of year. At points along the walk you’ll find it hard to believe you’re actually in the midst of one of the world’s most famous concrete jungles. The plantings — trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials — are lush and lovely. It’s fun to walk along and see remnants of the railroad peeping out from behind a shrub or tree. I love the “beach” with its lounge chairs from which you can take in the river view and enjoy the sight and sound of running water mere feet from your feet!
Have you visited the High Line? What section of the garden is your favorite?