The Wildflower Island at Teatown Lake Reservation

The Wildflower Island at Teatown Lake Reservation

Ossining, NY
Open Days, Public Garden

Wildflower Island is a woodland garden of over 200 species of native plants, including rare Lady’s-slipper orchids nestled among the abundant spring ephemerals. Experienced volunteers guide visitors on the island.

This day also marks the annual PlantFest, celebrating its 25th year. Many unusual annuals, perennials, native plants, herbs and vegetables are for sale. Knowledgeable volunteers on habitat, bee and butterfly attractors, combinations for spectacular mixed containers, and nature friendly gardening offer expert advice. Other offerings include herbal vinegars, bee keeping and honey, tool sharpening.

Special Garden Conservancy Open Day, May 13, Tours at 10am, 12:00pm & 2pm. Reservations are required. $5pp. (914) 762-2912, ext.110 by May 5. Wildflower Island is open mid-April through mid-September by reservation.

Please visit www.teatown.org for more information.

Directions: FROM WHITE PLAINS
To Nature Center: Take 287 (Cross Westchester Parkway) heading west to Exit 3, Sprain Brook Parkway North. Follow Sprain Brook Parkway North and continue straight as it becomes the Taconic State Parkway North. Follow the Taconic Parkway North and exit at Route 134/Ossining. Turn left off the exit onto Route 134. Drive for approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for about 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

To Cliffdale: Follow above directions. Once on Spring Valley Rd, turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately 1 mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 mile, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.

FROM PUTNAM COUNTY AND NORTHEAST WESTCHESTER
To Nature Center: From western Putnam County, take Route 9 South to the Route 9/9A split just south of the Croton-Harmon train station. Bear left at the split towards RT 9A and Briarcliff Manor. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Route 134, heading east. Follow Route 134 for approximately 2 miles (passing the firehouse on your right) and turn left onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for about 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

From eastern Putnam and northeast Westchester, Take the Taconic Parkway South and exit at Route 134West/Ossining.Turn right off the exit onto route 134. Make second right turning onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for approximately 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

To Cliffdale: Follow above directions. Once on Spring Valley Rd. turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately 1 mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 miles, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.

FROM NEW YORK CITY From the East Side
To the Nature Center: Take the FDR North to the Major Deegan Expressway North to the Saw Mill Parkway North. Follow the Saw Mill and exit onto the Taconic Parkway North. Follow the Taconic Parkway North and exit at Route 134/Ossining. Turn left off the exit onto Route 134 passing under the Taconic Parkway. Drive for approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for approximately 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

To Cliffdale: Follow above directions. Once on Spring Valley Rd, turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately 1 mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 miles, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.

FROM NEW YORK CITY
From the West Side To the Nature Center: Take the West Side Highway North to the Saw Mill River Parkway North. Follow the Saw Mill and exit onto the Taconic Parkway North. Follow the Taconic Parkway North and exit at Route 134/Ossining. Turn left off the exit onto Route 134 passing under the Taconic Parkway. Drive for approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for approximately 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

To Cliffdale: Follow above directions. Once on Spring Valley Rd, turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately 1 mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 miles, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.

FROM DANBURY, CONNECTICUT
To Nature Center: Take I84 East to I684 South to Exit 6, Katonah/Cross River/Route 35. Off the exit turn right onto Route 35 West. At the intersection of Route 100(4th traffic light) turn left onto Route 100. Follow Route 100 South for approximately 8 miles and turn right onto Route 134. Take Route 134 East for approximately 2 miles. About ¼ mile past the Taconic Parkway turn right onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for approximately 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

To Cliffdale:Follow above directions. Once on Spring Valley Rd, turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately 1 mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 miles, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.

FROM THE WEST (NEW JERSEY & ROCKLAND)
To Nature Center: Take the NYS Thruway (Route 87) South over the Tappan Zee Bridge to Route 287 East. Follow Route 287 East to the first exit – Saw Mill Parkway North. Follow the Saw Mill Parkway North and exit onto the Taconic State Parkway North. Follow the Taconic Parkway North and exit at Route 134/Ossining. Turn left off the exit onto Route 134 passing under the Taconic Parkway. Drive for approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Spring Valley Rd. Drive for approximately 1 mile bearing left at the fork/Teatown sign. The Nature Center will be on your right over the crest of the hill. The main parking lot is on your right immediately after the Nature Center.

To Cliffdale: Follow above directions. Once on Spring Valley Rd, turn right at the fork/Teatown sign onto Blinn Rd. Follow Blinn Rd (which becomes Apple Bee Farm Rd.) to the end and turn left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. After approximately I mile take first left onto Teatown Rd. Travel past the farm buildings and past the red house. At approximately 0.8 miles, turn left into the Cliffdale Visitor’s Parking Area.


 

  • This garden is handicap-accessible
  • Restrooms are accessible

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