Wednesday, November 1, 2023

November Update from the Executive Director of Greenwood Gardens





A Season to Remember

The continued warm weather has made this a glorious autumn, with much of the garden still in bloom, perfect for a revitalizing stroll through our enchanted oasis.  As we prepare to close out Greenwood’s 20th anniversary season, we invite you to join us for our final weekend, this Friday, Saturday, and members-only Sunday.  You’ll share a memorable experience with the nearly 7,500 visitors who have already passed through our gates this year. 

While you’re here, plan to stop at the Main Lawn with its sweeping views of our terraced Main Axis, stately fountains, and the surrounding South Mountain Reservation. Wander along the Teahouse path with its two iconic garden follies built in the 1920s that pay testament to a gracious time gone by.  Spend a few minutes relaxing on a bench overlooking the ponds where our geese enjoy their afternoon swim. Take a tour with one of our knowledgeable docents who will make history come alive for you.  

The Blanchard family’s dream to create a peaceful haven for the benefit of the public has continued with your enthusiastic and generous support. It has been a privilege indeed to fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in a historic garden oasis.      




Abby O'Neill
Executive Director

Though the garden will be closed, drop in at our Holiday Pop-Up Shops in December when you can find something special for everyone on your list. Come peruse our new collection of gifts for garden-lovers including holiday greenery, honey, home decor items, gardening gifts, gift certificates, and more!




Find something special for everyone on your holiday list! 
Located in Greenwood’s Welcome Center.



Tuesday, December 5  |  10am-2pm 

Wednesday, December 6  |  5pm-7pm

Thursday, December 7  |  10am-2pm

Wednesday, December 13  |  5pm-7pm

Saturday, December 16  |  10am-2pm 




Featured Program


Peter P. Blanchard III Lecture Series

The Gates of Greenwood

with Peter McCourt

Sunday, November 53 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join historian Peter McCourt for an in-depth exploration of the two important historic iron gates situated at Greenwood Gardens. Peter will begin with a slide presentation about the intricately crafted Bird of Paradise Gate, the work of Edward F. Caldwell & Co., a pre-eminent designer and manufacturer of lighting fixtures and decorative metalwork from the end of the 19th century through the 1940s, and one of the only artifacts remaining from the Day’s 1920s Italianate mansion. We will then venture down to Greenwood’s ponds to view and learn about the elaborate gate that was designed by the architects Carrière and Hastings between 1914 and 1915 for the New York City residence of Adelaide Childs Frick Blanchard’s family.
Made possible in part with a grant from M&T Bank.

Open to 50 participants;
$20 members; $25 non-members.





Upcoming Programs



For Members

Members Closing Day

Sunday, November 5
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Harvesting Honey

Friday, November 3
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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274 Old Short Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973.258.4026


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