Tuesday, August 1, 2023

August Update from GREENWOOD GARDENS





August Arrives at Greenwood


Dear Readers,
Prepare to be captivated on a stroll through the garden in August!

Greenwood has flourished this summer, the result of the more than generous rainfall we have been receiving.  There is a literal symphony of varied textures, hues, and scents to revitalize all your senses.




The gardens have been busy with activity this summer. Over 100 volunteers from Livingston-based accounting firm Clifton Larson Allen (CLS) provided 300 hours of service helping to weed and mulch in the West Woods and the London plane allée. The impact of CLA’s employees is surpassed only by their enthusiastic work ethic and positive attitude.





Also, Greenwood members enjoyed an engaging and informative tour of the parking lot and rain garden provided by Rich Murphy, Deputy Director, and Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture.





There is more to enjoy in the garden this summer.  Please join us!

See you soon,



Abby O'Neill
Executive Director




Group Tours in the Garden Are Available!


Reserve a one-hour docent-led guided walking tour for ten or more visitors and learn about the history, landscape, horticulture, and architecture of this 1920s Arts and Crafts-style garden. You and your group are welcome to bring a bag lunch and eat on-site in Adelaide’s, our covered outdoor Pavilion, or to dine at one of the area’s local eateries.

Tours available Monday – Sunday from May through November.
Reservations must be made in advance.


To schedule a group tour, or for more information,
or phone (973) 258-4026,  ext. 10



Featured Program



Presentation and Docent-led History Ramble


Gain an understanding about the garden’s evolution during the short slide presentation, From Pleasant Days to Greenwood, a Century of Change in the Garden, narrated by Executive Director, Abby O’Neill.  Then join a 45-minute guided walking tour of the grounds led by our volunteer docents who will share details about the site’s history, landscape, and architecture.  In the process, participants will learn about the impact two families – the Days and the Blanchards – had on the property and how their efforts set the stage for the Greenwood of today.  The tour ends with discussion time and Q & A session.

Open to 30 participants.
$15 members; $20 non-members.


Register Now




Creative Arts Day in the Garden

En Plein Air Painting, Sketching, and Photography for Enthusiasts


Wednesday, August 16
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Whatever your preferred mode of creating art, en plein air artists of all skill levels are invited to practice at Greenwood on this day. Watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, photography, sketching, and journaling are welcome. Our century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts & Crafts follies, stately fountains, and ample space in which to feel at home. What’s more, you might meet up with a skilled photographer for a mini-workshop, a professional botanic artist who can provide some special tips, or former students of our beloved Co-founder, the late Peter P. Blanchard III, who can share the special methodologies and principals he developed over his lifetime growing up on the estate. Artist easels and tripods are permitted provided they are not placed in the planted beds and pathways are not blocked. Drop cloths required for painting.

$10 members; $15 non-members.


Register Now

Greenwood Gardens

274 Old Short Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973.258.4026