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Lewisboro Garden Club Marks Mother’s Day

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – It was the perfect confluence of springtime activities.

Under warm, sunny skies Saturday, the Lewisboro Garden Club held a fundraiser and membership drive at Gossett Brothers Nursery during the business’s weekly farmers market, as shoppers milled about looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

“We’ve been doing this every year the day before Mother’s Day for at least the last 15 years,” said George Scott, a member of the Garden Club. “We get a percentage of everything that gets sold at the nursery today.”

Garden Club members also joined the Gossett Brothers’ staff to help customers chose flowers for their spring plantings or pick out the ideal present for mom.

“It’s a big, big day,” said Garden Club member Susie Andrews. “A lot of the moms come in and buy the plants and then have their children help plant them.”

The club had a booth set up in the farmers market area of the nursery, which included a bake sale as part of its fundraising efforts.

“Most of our members are excellent bakers,” said Jay Luzzi, Garden Club president. “They are very creative.”

Luzzi said the event helps gain the Garden Club a lot of publicity, since it’s held at a nursery the day before Mother’s Day. It also acts as recruitment tool.

“It generates a lot of interest in the club,” he said. “We usually end up with one or two more members. We are a community-service type garden club. We don’t hold flower shows; we are more hands-on, like with our Golden Roads daffodil plantings, so we always need more members.”

Tom Gossett, the nursery’s owner, said the day is mutually beneficial for the club and his business.

“It gives me the opportunity to donate (to the Garden Club) and it’s also a great means of advertising for me,” he said. “The Garden Club brings a lot of energy, and we get a lot of repeat customers.”

Gossett Brothers runs its farmers market year-round, but with the warm spring weather and the Garden Club’s presence, it seemed rejuvenated.

“The farmers market has a lot to do with the weather,” Gossett said. “The conditions need to be right. We have a lot of die-hards who come no matter what, but when you have a day like today and couple it with the Garden Club being here, we end up getting a lot of people.”

Two of those people were Eileen Kulp and her daughter, Kathleen, who came from Shrub Oak. Eileen Kulp purchased a cardboard pallet full of colorful plants, which included a gift for her mom.

“I ended up getting something for mom, my two sisters-in-law and something for me,” she said.

Kathleen Kulp added that she comes to Gossett’s just about every Saturday.

“I love the farmers market,” she said. “It’s part of my Saturday routine. I get a chocolate croissant and always bring home some of the pasta.”

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