All the Presidents’ Gardens Talk & Book Signing with author, Marta McDowell

Sunday, February 25
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Award winning author Marta McDowell will share rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes and little-known facts of how the 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history. Refreshingly light-hearted and nonpartisan, McDowell reveals how the story of the presidential garden is also the story of America. Starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike’s putting green, Jackie’s iconic roses, and Amy Carter’s tree house. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all.
Registration required. $25 members; $35 non-members or $50 members; $60 non-members, with book.

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Get Your Greenwood “Fix” – February 28

Wednesday, February 28
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come see the Garden in winter. Our cheerful docents will lead a guided tour, in desired. Enjoy warm cider, crisp, fresh air, and the view of South Mountains Reservation from our Terrace.
Weather permitting; please check our website and Facebook page for notice of possible cancellation or phone before coming.
Registration required. Free for members; $10 non-members.

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Winter Tree Identification with Scott Lamm and Potluck Lunch

Wednesday, March 7
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join certified arborist, Scott Lamm from SavATree, for a walk through the garden as he helps us identify Greenwood’s specimen trees and collections. Scott will also discuss best practices in tree care. Bring a potluck dish and join us in the main house for more conversation.
Free to members; $10 non-members. Registration required.

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Spring Floral Arrangements with Betsy Karetnick

Friday, March 9
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join former Martha Stewart lifestyle radio host and professional floral designer, Betsy Karetnick of The Portable Garden for a hands-on lesson in what to do with the best blooms of the season. From using potted plants to prepping tulips, learn about flower selection, and design for long-lasting arrangements. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves to create a holiday friendly spring basket for gifting or keeping! Registration required. $45 members; $55 non-members.

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An Evening with Laura Benanti at SOPAC

Friday, March 10
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Get swept away with the musical talents of one of Broadway’s most acclaimed leading ladies, Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award-nominee, Laura Benanti. Enjoy transportation from Greenwood to South Orange Performing Arts Center, cocktail hour and a fabulous show. Limited to 28 tickets- act soon!
$100 per person
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Captivating Public Gardens with Bob Lyons

Wednesday, March 21
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Take a visual journey with Dr. Lyons as he shares a diversity of botanical gardens, arboreta, and unique institutions across the U.S. Planning a vacation in a major U.S. city? This talk will provide a plethora of ideas! Sit back and take some notes.
Registration required. $10 members; $15 non-members.

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Photo by Bob Lyons

Dragonflies & Arachnids with John Black, President of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey

Wednesday, April 4
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for this mini conference exploring two fascinating and unique insect genera with Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide, John Black. Register for one or both sessions and purchase lunch on our website at greenwoodgardens.org. Registration required. $20 members; $25 non-members for each session; Lunch optional: $15

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Art Forms in Nature with Karen Fuchs

Saturday, April 7
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Please join us for this inspiring workshop by teaching artist and designer Karen Fuchs. The beauty, design and function of forms in the natural world such as branching, the Fibonacci spiral, and star-radial will be explored. Participants will observe and study these growth patterns, draw from specimens and images, and create an art project based on these concepts. Registration required. $25 members; $35 non-members.

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Bird Walk – April 5

Thursday, April 5
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Additional Birding Walks the first Thursday of the month in:
May, June, September, October
Click on individual month or scroll down to register for future dates.

Join NJ Audubon Naturalist, Dave Hall, for a birding tour of Greenwood Gardens. Explore habitats of hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows and venture into South Mountain Reservation.

$10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required.

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DSLR Photography in the Garden Workshop

Sunday, April 15
10:30 a.m. – 12:30

Learn technical and artistic skills beyond the auto function with local professional photographer, Joy Yagid. Joy will teach you about your camera’s functions and ways to capture moments like a pro. Class comes with free email tech support. $50 members; $60 non-members. Registration required.

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“Rookwood: Art, Architecture and Art Pottery” Talk & Walk with Ulysses Grant Dietz

Saturday, April 22
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn the history and significance behind the marvelous collection of Greenwood Gardens’ Rookwood ceramic ornaments with Ulysses Dietz, Interim Co-Director, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum. Then, take a walk outside to discover these magnificent artworks throughout the garden. Many “never-before-seen” Rookwood ceramics from Greenwood’s former buildings will be on display afterward in the Main House. Enjoy perusing these during a wine and cheese reception. $45 members $55 non-members. Registration required.

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Vinyassa Yoga with Debby Kaminsky

Mondays, April 23 & 30; May 7, 14, 21
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join Debby Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement, for outdoor yoga-in-the-garden! Whether you are a beginner or advanced Yogi, this class is sure to provide benefits to your health, flexibility and overall well-being. During inclement weather, classes will be held in the comfort of the Main House. Registration required. $10 members; $15 non-members.

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Members Preview Day

Friday, April 27
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Be the first to see the garden before it opens to the public on May 3rd!
Learn about member benefits and details of our spring programs and events. Stroll the gardens, chat with docents, staff and board members and enjoy refreshments. Free to members.
Registration required.

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Backyard Bin Composting with Rene Paparian and Ellen Ingber

Saturday, April 28
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

What happens to all of the green waste you generate in your kitchen? Backyard bin composting is a simple practice that will divert your organic waste from the trash and convert it into a nutrient-rich amendment to support your garden. Learn just how easy the process really is from Rene and Ellen, Co-Chairs of the Millburn Township Green Team! For guidance from beginning to end, and tips for along the way, this workshop is for you. /Registration required. Greenwood Gardens members $20; non-members $25

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Birding Walk – May 3

Thursday, May 3
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Additional Birding Walks:
The first Thursday of the month in: June, September, October
Click on individual month or scroll down to register for future dates.

Join NJ Audubon Naturalist, Dave Hall, for a birding tour of Greenwood Gardens. Explore habitats of hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows and venture into South Mountain Reservation.

$10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required.

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Opening Day

Thursday, May 3
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stroll the grounds, enjoy the views and spring flowers in the garden. Learn about upcoming events and workshops from Greenwood staff and board members as we celebrate our spring opening!
Free to members and children under 12; $10 non-members; $5 sixty-five+ and students with ID.
Registration not required.

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Cell Phone Photography Workshop, with professional photographer, Joy Yagid

Saturday, May 5
10:00 a.m. – Noon

This class will enable you to improve your skills with the phone you use every day. Learn to take better pictures of family and friends, both portrait and action shots. Learn tips on storage and backup. Download SNAPSEED app prior to class and come with plenty of storage for taking photos. $45 members; $55 non-members. Registration required.

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Garden Conservancy Open Days

Saturday, May 5
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy Greenwood at a reduced admission rate of $7.00. Explore the historic landscape, and meet our Tennessee Fainting goats. Refreshments will be served on the East Terrace with a view of the 2,100 acre South Mountain Reservation. Free to members; $7 non-members. Registration not required

Plant Walk – May 16

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Upcoming Plant Walks: June, July, August, September, October

Treat yourself to an up close and personal view of Greenwood Gardens throughout the season. Join Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven, for a monthly plant walk. Familiarize yourself with the wonderful collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and the ever-changing annual displays in the garden. Ice tea and cookies will be provided at the mid-morning walks, and a glass of wine will be served at the evening walks. Bring family and friends along to enjoy the beauty of Greenwood.Free to members; $5 non-members. Registration is required

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