Meet Maeve Turner, High Line Gardener

Maeve Turner using the Dosatron (affectionately named 'Dosie' by the Horticulture staff) to apply compost tea to specific areas of the High Line.

Maeve, one of our five full-time gardeners, has been on staff since the High Line’s opening this past June.  Originally from England, Maeve grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and first discovered her love for gardening while working at Morning Glory Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, where she helped out with everything from seeding to planting to weeding.  After Morning Glory, Maeve completed an internship at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (which she says was “awesome”), then worked for a private gardening company.  Each job, she says, was a unique experience, and affirmed that gardening is the work environment she enjoys most.

Maeve’s Faves

Some of Maeve’s favorite plants on the High Line include the Solidago caesia Bluestem Goldenrod and the Euphorbia corollata Flowering Spurge (“It’s just so cute,” she says).  She’s looking forward this year to the bulbs that will bloom during the spring, like the species tulips.

One of Maeve’s favorite things about working on the High Line is the feedback she receives from the park’s visitors.  “It’s great to hear every day, ‘You have the best job in New York City,’” she says.  She also enjoys the challenges that working in an elevated space brings.  “It’s an experiment,” she says, “and different from anything else.”

If you have a specific question for Maeve and her fellow gardeners, check out the Ask a Gardener on our Web site.

Flowering Spurge in bloom. Photo by Ashley Burke.

Detail of bluestem goldenrod. Photo by Uli Lorimer.

Bluestem goldenrod in the Northern Spur Horticultural Preserve. Photo by Steven Cohen.


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  1. […] in the year than the High Line’s other grasses.  In the picture below, High Line gardener Maeve Turner demonstrates a STIHL brushcutter in an area just north of Section 1 (waterproofing of Section 2 in […]

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