To stimulate the public's thinking about the future of the High Line, Friends of the High Line issued an open invitation for ideas on how to preserve and re-use the structure.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Award, given to the best designs incorporating plants and wildflowers native to New York, was awarded to NOA's entry the Hi-Lo Line. The jurors for the Wildflower Center Award were Susan Cherbuliez of Cherbuliez/Munz Landscape Architects (representing The Native Plant Center and the northeastern affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center) and Anthony Smith, President of the Horticultural Society of New York.

"The High Line competition gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and honor New York's wildlife heritage by bringing native plants and plant communities back into the city," said Robert G. Breunig, Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. "The High Line probably could not support a strict ecological restoration project, but its design can respect the natural world as much as it does the built environment, evoking a sense of what this landscape was like before the urban transformation."

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