June 21, 2015 NEW YORK POST
She was given the heave-hoe.
A Queens woman tossed from her community garden like a rotten radish is hoping a judge will plant the seeds for her return.
Mary Caulfield, 56, wants a court to reinstate her at Sunnyside Community Garden, where residents of western Queens have been planting flowers and vegetables for more than 40 years.
Caulfield says she doesn’t know why she was suddenly raked right out of the club, claiming in court papers that a fellow gardener “demanded that she return her key” in May 2013 on the orders of club president Peter Coyne.
The banishment came “without any reason or justification,” Caulfield contends in a Manhattan Supreme Court legal filing against the city Transportation and Parks departments, which own and oversee the strip of land along Barnett Avenue near 50th Street.
The garden is adjacent to the larger Sunnyside Gardens Park, a private, 3.5-acre green space for residents of Sunnyside Gardens, a designated city historic district.
The community garden operates on city land and was created when two local men, tired of looking at the trash-filled area, began clearing out and rehabilitating the space. Now there is a waiting list of people eager for a plot of their own to till.
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