Summer Garden Walk — Greenwood Gardens

Date(s) - 08/21/2022
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Our Third Summer Garden walk will be held at Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, NJ.

You might not have heard about Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills but it is an amazing place with lots to explore.

Two very different American families have left their marks on Greenwood Gardens. In the early decades of the last century, self-made multi-millionaire Joseph P. Day established the gardens as a private pleasure garden, a place of retreat from the hectic pace and sizzling heat of the big city. Here his family cultivated lush annuals and perennials and commissioned pergolas, terraces, a summer house and tea house constructed of rough local stone and decorated with colorful Arts & Craft tiles.

The architect William Whetten Renwick laid out the garden according to strict axes and vistas bound by walls and pavilions made of rough local stone embellished with colorful Rookwood tiles.

After the Days sold the property and following some years of decline, Peter P. Blanchard Jr., an introspective gentleman farmer, and his wife Adelaide Childs Frick, purchased the property and created an evergreen formality to the garden.

In 2000, following his father’s wishes, Peter P. Blanchard III and his wife Sofia began the process of establishing Greenwood Gardens as a nonprofit conservation organization with guidance from the Garden Conservancy, a national organization based in Cold Spring, New York. Greenwood Gardens is now one of 16 exceptional gardens in the country endorsed by the Garden Conservancy.

Greenwood Gardens has a timed visitation schedule Fridays to Sundays only, so reservations are essential. Visitors are limited so there is never overcrowding, but sometimes slots fill up. Please sign up below.

One more garden walk will be scheduled for a Sunday afternoon in August at Colonial Park Gardens (Somerset)

These are intended to be opportunities for fellowship with friends while enjoying the beauty of nature in the wonderful environment of our part of New Jersey.


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