Programs – August & September

Programs – August & September

Program Calendar – August & September

August 2022

Sunrise Walk at Greenwood Gardens

Friday, August 5
5:30 a.m.

with Stephanie Murphy, Public Engagement Manager
An early morning walk into our garden oasis to catch the sun rising over South Mountain Reservation is an opportunity not to be missed!  Let your senses be amazed by the sheer magnitude of this daily natural occurrence. Be sure to arrive on time as the sun emerges at 5:57 a.m. We will provide the coffee, though feel free to bring your own.

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 12 participants 

$10 members; $15 non-members


Twilight Tour of Greenwood’s Statuary

Tuesday, August 9
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If statues could speak, what would they tell us?  Thanks to Greenwood’s documented history, we can provide answers to questions about their original placement, and whether they came from the Day family who occupied the site during the 1920s or the Blanchard family whose time here started in 1950.  A range of topics will be discussed including statuary material, restoration, and their significance. Along the way, discover pieces of statuary that incorporate pineapples, a symbol of hospitality, and win a prize!

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 12 participants 

$20 members; $25 non-members


Presentation and House Tour: From Pleasant Days to Greenwood: A Century of Change in the Garden

Wednesday, August 17
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This short, but informative, presentation by Abby O’Neill, Executive Director, provides a window into Greenwood’s past with a focus on the evolution of the garden’s Main Axis. Following the presentation, tour the first floor of the Main House, a 1950 Georgian Revival-style home. After the tour, meander through the garden and enjoy discovering the photographers and en plein air artists at work.

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 12 participants 

$10 members; $15 non-members


Photography for Enthusiasts and En Plein Air Day

Wednesday, August 17
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Watercolorists and photographers of all skill levels are invited to leisurely practice their creative endeavors in the garden over the course of four hours.  Our century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts and Crafts follies, and stately fountains throughout, with more than enough areas in which to find suitable inspiration. Artist easels and tripods permitted, though we ask that you do not block pathways or place them in the planted beds. Watercolors only; drop cloths required for painting.

Adults only, ages 13 and up

$10 members; $15 non-members


Photos: Li Shanting and Kai Oberhauser

September 2022

Bird Walk

Thursday, September 8
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

with Dave Hall, New Jersey Audubon Naturalist
Venture into the garden with Dave, well-known naturalist, who will discuss the various species of birds that visit the quiet woodlands of Greenwood and the surrounding 2,100 acres of protected parkland – South Mountain Reservation. Immerse yourself in nature as you walk through this natural habitat that is home to many of our avian friends.

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 12 participants 

$10 members; $15 non-members


Photo: Jongsun Lee

“Moon Festival” Tea and Mooncake Tasting

Friday, September 9
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

with Selina Law, Screen Tea, Inc.
The “Moon Festival,” also known as the “Mid-Autumn Festival,” is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year.  Celebrations include worshiping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, and eating mooncakes.  Join tea expert Selina Law as she shares customs and stories about this important occasion and provides samples of different types of tea and mooncake along the way.

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 16 participants 

$20 member; $25 non-member


Photo: Chinh Le Duc

Digging Deeper: Guided Tour of Greenwood Gardens

Saturday, September 103:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Garden ConservancyThe Digging Deeper program at Greenwood will provide both a 16-minute narrated slide presentation – From Pleasant Days to Greenwood, a Century of Change in the Garden – followed by a 45-minute guided walking tour of the grounds led by our volunteer docents who will share details about the site’s history, landscape, and architecture.  In the process, participants will learn about the impact two families – the Blanchards and the Days – had on the property and how their efforts set the stage for the Greenwood of today.  The tour ends with discussion time and Q & A session.

Limited to 35 participants


Members-only Twilight Tour

Tuesday, September 13
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Step back in time for a special members-only evening.  Your tour begins indoors with a tour of the first floor of the Main House, a 1950 Georgian Revival-style home built by the estate’s last owners, Adelaide and Peter P. Blanchard Jr.  Enjoy wine and cheese, then experience the drama of a fall stroll in the illuminated Main Axis as the sun begins to set. Unforgettable!

Adults only, ages 13 and up; free to a limit of 25 members

Free to members


What’s In Bloom Walk

Wednesday, September 21
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

with Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture
Join Sonia on a detailed tour of the re-designed garden area adjacent to the First Tee. You’ll learn in depth about the dramatic tropical plantings that line the walkways and how to care for them, as well as receiving tips for storing and replanting them. Let your imagination transport you to a bygone era as Sonia shares the history of how the Days and Blanchard families made use of this area.

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 12 participants 

$10 members; $15 non-members


tango season at greenwood

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet

In partnership with Lyrica Chamber Music

Friday, September 23
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In partnership with Lyrica Chamber Music, Greenwood Gardens is thrilled to present Latin GRAMMY winner Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet! The quartet’s fervent and virtuosic musical style takes elements from Argentine tango, European classical music, and American jazz, and combines them gracefully and organically, bringing something new and exciting to the form while retaining all the lushness and beauty that characterizes the genre.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and attendees are invited to stroll through the garden before the concert begins. Wine and cheese will be served under the tent on the West Terrace at 6:00 p.m. before the music starts at 6:30 p.m.  Enjoy an hour and a half concert by one of the music scene’s most compelling tango ensembles performing in a unique and beautiful outdoor setting!

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 70 attendees

$30 members; $35 non-members


Experience Tai Chi in the Garden

Thursday, September 29
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

with Carl Klemme, QiGong Practitioner, Glow Yoga Center & PS108 Yoga
Quiet your mind, reduce stress, and improve your balance, posture, and strength through the ancient Chinese technique of Tai Chi, practiced amidst the beauty and serenity of Greenwood Gardens. This graceful form of exercise is akin to meditation in motion as various self-defense forms are connected in a fluid, slow-motion sequence. Carl, an experienced instructor, will teach a variety of short Tai Chi flows you can enjoy practicing at home. Beginners welcome.

Adults only, ages 13 and up; limited to 12 participants 

$15 members; $20 non-members


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