Saturday, June 22, 2024





Partnering with Pollinators

The act of stewardship signifies a profound dedication to nurturing our planet’s ecosystem and fostering sustainability and harmony with nature for present and future generations. At Greenwood Gardens, we celebrate Pollinator Week (June 17-23) by recognizing the significant impact human behavior has on our environment and the habitats of pollinators. We embrace pollinator-friendly initiatives, and with our own resident beehives onsite, help contribute to a more sustainable future.

Since the spring of 2016, Greenwood Gardens has been abuzz with its own beehive colonies, established in partnership with Overlook Medical Center, now part of Atlantic Health System. Upon the hives' arrival, founder and resident naturalist, the late Peter P. Blanchard III, remarked, “This is a great occasion! It adds a whole other level of enjoyment and participation having the bees working with the flowering plants."

Over the past eight years, our healthy and thriving beehives have multiplied, with ten honeybee colonies now making our beautiful garden oasis their home. Each colony, led by its own queen, starts with approximately 20,000 bees per hive in April, expanding to about 60,000 by the end of summer as the queen lays 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day. Atlantic Health System, committed to sustainable community programs, contracts with Joe Lelinho from Hilltop Honey to maintain and support the beehives they sponsor at Greenwood Gardens. Half of the honey produced by our beehives is available for sale in our gift shop, and the other half of the honey produced is used by Atlantic Health System.

To participate in Pollinator Week 2024, there are numerous actions you can take in your own backyard to support not only bees, but also butterflies, moths, bats, beetles, hummingbirds, and all the unsung heroes behind the food we enjoy and the beauty that surrounds us. For more information, visit the Pollinator Partnership Website.



Gatsby Date Night
Thursday, July 25 ~ 6 p.m. –  8 p.m.

Take your date on a romantic stroll through this century-old garden with a glass of bubbly and nibbles in hand. Step back in time to imagine how life and nature were celebrated during the 1920’s when the Day family lived on the property and entertained guests.

$50 per couple

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Wild and Wonderful: How Native Plants are Transforming a Formal Estate Turned Public Garden

Sunday, July 28 ~ 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
With Ethan Kauffman, Director, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden

Learn about the unexpected plants, expressive design philosophy, and unconventional practices that are driving the transformation of this native plant-focused garden in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

$30 members; $35 non-members

Made possible in part by a grant from M&T Bank

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Horticulture and History Tour

Wednesday, July 31 ~ 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

With Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture,
and Stephanie Murphy, Public Engagement Manager

Delve into the history of Greenwood’s plant collection and property features and gain fascinating insight into the ways in which the Day and Blanchard families made use of the property. Finish this one-and-a-half-hour tour with a boxed lunch on the terrace and further discussion.

Program includes lunch. Lunch options will be emailed upon your registration.

$35 members; $45 non-members

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Greenwood Gardens
274 Old Short Hills Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973.258.4026


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