Greenwood Gardens Photography Policy

We take pride in knowing that Greenwood’s formal gardens, 1920’s architecture, statuary and unique collection of Rookwood ceramic tiles all serve as an inspiring backdrop for creative photographic output. Because we recognize that visitors to Greenwood will want to capture the beauty of our historic site on their cameras, we maintain a strict photography policy that ensures both the quality of all our visitors’ experience and protects our historic site from damage.

We ask for your cooperation in adhering to the following rules to ensure Greenwood remains a place where all visitors can come to connect with nature and experience rejuvenation and healing:

Amateur Photography

Greenwood allows amateur (non-professional) photographers to take pictures with cell phones or pocket-sized cameras on general visitation days. No other equipment may be used on general visitation days except in the following circumstance:

Single lens reflex cameras, tripods, large still- or video-photography equipment may be used only by guests who have registered for a Greenwood Gardens photography class and are accompanied on the site by a program instructor. Please be sure to avoid stepping into or placing tripods in the garden beds.

Kite or drone photography is never allowed.

Please note: we encourage guests to take and share their photos of flora, fauna, architecture and statuary on social media!

Professional Photography

Greenwood can accommodate professional photography shoots on days when the Garden is closed for general visitation, though a permit is required and we charge a fee. These single-use permits include wedding photography, individual or family portraits, product photography, or portfolio photography. Fees start at $1000. For more information and pricing, contact Rich Murphy (973) 258-4026 ext. 11 or by email at rmurphy@greenwoodgardens.org.

Commercial Photography

Greenwood Gardens is available for commercial photography. Located less than an hour from New York City, Greenwood Gardens is a historically significant early twentieth century landscape. Set within a preserve of forest and meadow, the landscape combines formal Italianate gardens, rustic mossy pathways, and colorful Arts and Crafts ornamentation. This timeless 28-acre setting provides a unique backdrop for commercial photography. For more information and pricing, contact Rich Murphy at (973) 258-4026, ext. 11 or by email at rmurphy@greenwoodgardens.org.