As every gardener knows, May means plant sales, lots of them.
These sales usually offer reasonably priced plants that should do well in the Hudson Valley and it’s a good way to support nonprofit groups in the area.
Here’s email I just got from Barbara Giannettino, communication & marketing coordinator at Teatown Lake Reservation:
“Learn, Shop, Growâ€ at Teatown
“Workshops & Nature-Friendly Plant Sale
“Teatown Lake Reservationâ€™s Spring tradition â€“ the ever-popular 2-day plant sale â€“ will reflect Teatownâ€™s commitment to promoting environmental sustainability in the Hudson Hills and Highlands region.
“The â€œNature-Friendly Plant Sale & Workshopsâ€ will be held rain or shine on Friday, May 9 from 4 to 7 pm and Saturday, May 10 from 9 am to 2 pm at Teatown, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining.
“The sale will feature unique and hard-to-find varieties of wildflowers, perennials, herbs, annuals and vegetables. A special section will highlight native plants of the Hudson Hills and Highlands.
“On Saturday, May 10, Teatown will host a series of free mini-workshops on a variety of â€œgreenâ€ subjects and gardening techniques. The â€œLearn, Shop, Growâ€ workshop themes are:
â€¢ 10 am â€“ â€œAttract Butterflies to your Gardenâ€ with Wildflower Island Guide Mary Harrington
â€¢ 10:30 am â€“ â€œEnhance Your Garden with Herbsâ€ with Maggie Pichura, Teatown Environmental Educator and CCE Master Gardener
â€¢ 11 am â€“ â€œMake Your Garden Work Harder for You: Companion Plantingâ€ with Maggie Pichura, Teatown Environmental Educator and CCE Master Gardener
â€¢ 11:30 am â€“ â€œHow to Grow Nativeâ€ with Linsay Cochran, ELLA Coordinator and Local Organic Farmer
â€¢ 12 noon â€“ â€œMake Black Gold: Composting Techniquesâ€ with Linsay Cochran, ELLA Coordinator and Local Organic Farmer
“Plant enthusiasts will want to take advantage of the First Pick Sale on Friday, May 9, from 4 to 7 pm. For an admission fee of $5 per person, gardeners will have the opportunity to get â€œfirst pickâ€ among the plants, flowers, grasses and shrubs on sale.
“A nature photography exhibit by Dimitri Rellos will be featured in the Nature Center.
“For more information or directions, please call Teatown at (914) 762-2912 ext. 110, or visit us at www.teatown.org.
“Teatown Lake Reservation is a private, non-profit 834-acre nature preserve and education center spanning Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. The property has two lakes and 15 miles of hiking trails over woodlands, meadows, streams and marsh habitats. Teatownâ€™s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations.”
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