Teatown Plant Sale Delights Visitors

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Ossining Mayor William Hanauer poses with some of his favorite plants at Teatown's annual plant sale.
Ossining Mayor William Hanauer poses with some of his favorite plants at Teatown's annual plant sale. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Charles Lazarus shows off one of his handcrafted bowls at Teatown's annual plant sale.
Charles Lazarus shows off one of his handcrafted bowls at Teatown's annual plant sale. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Plants of all shapes and sizes were on display at Teatown's annual plant sale.
Plants of all shapes and sizes were on display at Teatown's annual plant sale. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The plant sale is a true plant lover's dream come true.
The plant sale is a true plant lover's dream come true. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Two people browse plants at Teatown's annual plant sale
Two people browse plants at Teatown's annual plant sale Photo Credit: Sam Barron

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Teatown's annual plant sale was in full bloom bringing in plant lovers from throughout the county to the Ossining nature preserve.

Teatown, which is located in Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle, but has an Ossining mailing address, holds the plant sale every spring as a way to commemorate the new season.

The plant sale featured perennials, annuals, plants, vegetables, baskets and other crafts as well as master gardeners on hand to offer tips and advice for prospective planters.

Ossining Mayor William Hanauer comes to the plant sale every year, looking for perennials for his garden.

"It's interesting what you find here," Hanauer said. "I'm always looking for new plants."

Hanauer said roses are his favorite.

The plant sale was not just about plants and crafts. Teatown was also selling bread from Tom Cat's bakery.

"The bread here is delicious," Sandy Rotella of Teatown said. 

Rotella said her favorite was the walnut bread and focaccia.

Charles Lazarus, a Somers resident was on hand to sell his handcrafted bowls. Lazarus has been coming to the plant sale for five years and always raffles off his bowls.

Lazarus makes his bowls using reclaimed and recycled wood. Lazarus, who said it takes six months to make each bowl, said he loves coming to the plant sale.

"My favorite plant is marigold," Lazarus, who was also selling maple syrup, said.

Jean Maiorano, Teatown's membership and development associate and a Briarcliff resident, said events like these help showcase to visitors what Teatown has to offer.

"You get to see special species and unusual plants," Maiorano said. "We have such a vast selection of plants and we show what Teatown is all about."

Jane McShane Todd said some of the plants come from Teatown's own Wildfire Island while other plants come from gardens and nurseries in the area.

McShane Todd was showcasing pink lady slipper plants that were for sale.

"They are very popular," McShane Todd said. "Spring is when the wildflowers start to bloom. They are so lovely."

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