Programs – August & September

Program Calendar – August & September

August 2024

TOUR OF THE HISTORIC MAIN HOUSE

Wednesday, August 7
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

With Stephanie Murphy, Public Engagement Manager

Learn about the Blanchard family—Peter, Jr., Adelaide, and their son, the late Peter P. Blanchard III, our co-founder who grew up in this 1950’s Georgian Revival home. Tour the first floor and hear delightful stories that will take you back in time and leave you with a new appreciation for this exceptional family. This tour includes an in-depth discussion of the main hallway’s Zuber wallpaper, prized for its extensive depictions of European country life.

$15 members; $20 non-members

Open to 20 participants

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New For Members in 2024

Member Hours

Thursday, August 8
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We have set aside exclusive hours just for members to spend time in the garden. Bring a book, sketch pad, or just yourself! Wander the grounds in search of all that is blooming in the garden throughout the month.

Free to members

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Creative Arts Day in the Garden

En Plein Air Painting, Sketching, and Photography for Enthusiasts

Wednesday, August 14
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Whatever your preferred mode of creating art, en plein air artists of all skill levels are invited to practice at Greenwood on this day. Use of watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, photography, sketching, and journaling are welcome. There are limited slots for oil painting, due to the sensitive nature of the garden. Our century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts & Crafts follies, stately fountains, and ample space in which to feel at home. What’s more, you might meet up with a skilled photographer for a mini-workshop, a professional botanic artist who can provide some special tips, or former students of our beloved Co-founder, the late Peter P. Blanchard III, who can share the special methodologies and principals he developed over his lifetime growing up on the estate. Artist easels and tripods are permitted provided they are not placed in the planted beds and pathways are not blocked. Drop cloths required for painting.

$10 members; $15 non-members

Open to 25 participants (includes five oil painting slots)

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GATSBY DATE NIGHT

Thursday, August 15
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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MEDITATION WALK

Thursday, August 22
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

With Carl Klemme, Owner, Glow Yoga Center

In this session, you will learn and practice meditation and mindfulness, approaches to quieting the mind that can enhance sleep, support heart health, and provide a boost to your immune system. There will be some breathing practices and a practical exploration of the ideal posture for sitting still. We will enjoy our practice of meditation in various beautiful locations in the garden which always enhances the experience of inner stillness. Participants will be provided with take-home resources to support an ongoing practice of meditation. These sessions are perfect for those new to meditation, while more experienced practitioners are bound to learn something new as they enjoy the benefits of sitting with a group.

$15 members; $20 non-members

Open to 15 participants

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September 2024

Birder’s Walk

Tuesday, September 5
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

With Dave Hall, Naturalist, New Jersey Audubon

Venture into the garden for an immersive experience with this avian expert who will talk about the varied species of birds that visit Greenwood’s peaceful woodlands and the surrounding 2,100 acres of South Mountain Reservation’s protected parkland. End the morning with a visit to the Greenwood gift shop.

$15 per person

Open to 15 participants

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Music and Dance in the Garden Concert Series

Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company 

Friday, September 6
Rain date, Saturday, September 7

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Dance begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Generously Sponsored by Stone Mountain Properties

Dancer, adventurer, and ardent defender of the free spirit, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is credited with inventing what came to be known as Modern Dance. With free-flowing costumes, bare feet, and loose hair, she took to the stage inspired by the ancient Greeks, the music of classical composers, the wind, and the sea. Since 1980, the legacy of her unique style and repertoire has been carried forward by Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, the resident performing troupe of its namesake foundation. This performance represents the troupe’s third performance at Greenwood, simply a magical experience! Beforehand, take a leisurely stroll in the garden starting at 5:30 p.m., and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese at 6:00 p.m. Main Lawn seating.

$50 members; $55 non-members

Open to 100 attendees

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For Members

The Book Group at Greenwood Gardens

Tuesday, September 10
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

With Patti Manzi, Moderator and Greenwood Advisory Board Member

Enjoy a guided discussion of a preselected book with a theme reflective of one or more aspects of Greenwood’s focus on nature, beauty, and history. Light refreshments will be served. The Book Group at Greenwood Gardens meets quarterly. Book to be determined.

Free to members

Open to 16 members

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For Members

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE TEAHOUSE

Thursday, September 12
Rain date, Thursday, September 19

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Gather with fellow Greenwood members at the original Teahouse built by former owner Joseph P. Day in the 1920’s and experience the same sensations his family felt while you sip on revitalizing tea and nibble on sweet and savory tea cakes beneath this iconic garden folly. Relax on comfortable benches overlooking the garden and the ponds on a late-summer afternoon. You’ll come away refreshed and connected to nature.

$50 per person

Open to 30 participants

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Peter P. Blanchard III Lecture Series

The Earth Reconstituted: Materials in Greenwood Gardens

Sunday, September 15
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

With Janet Foster, Architectural Historian and Historic Preservation Consultant

In addition to its broadly varied landscape, Greenwood Gardens’ hardscape employs a surprisingly vast array of building materials, including concrete and stone, antique ceramic tiles and decorative metalwork, and graceful statuary sculpted from granite, limestone, marble, lead, and bronze. Each of these materials comes from the earth itself. This lecture will explore these materials and their role in American architecture and garden design of the 20th century, particularly as expressed at Greenwood Gardens.

$30 members; $35 non-members

Open to 90 attendees

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Creative Arts Day in the Garden

En Plein Air Painting, Sketching, and Photography for Enthusiasts

Wednesday, September 18
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Whatever your preferred mode of creating art, en plein air artists of all skill levels are invited to practice at Greenwood on this day. Use of watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, photography, sketching, and journaling are welcome. There are limited slots for oil painting, due to the sensitive nature of the garden. Our century-old site offers magical views, iconic Arts & Crafts follies, stately fountains, and ample space in which to feel at home. What’s more, you might meet up with a skilled photographer for a mini-workshop, a professional botanic artist who can provide some special tips, or former students of our beloved Co-founder, the late Peter P. Blanchard III, who can share the special methodologies and principals he developed over his lifetime growing
up on the estate. Artist easels and tripods are permitted provided they are not placed in the planted beds and pathways are not blocked. Drop cloths required for painting.

$10 members; $15 non-members

Open to 25 participants (includes five oil painting slots)

Register

Music and Dance in the Garden Concert Series

Lyrica Chamber Music

Friday, September 20
Rain date, Saturday, September 21

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

Generously Sponsored by Stone Mountain Properties

Since 1987, Lyrica has been bringing world-class musicians to perform in community settings. Greenwood is proud to be the presenter of this special evening featuring the Twelfth Night Ensemble’s program of baroque music. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to stroll through the garden before the concert begins. Enjoy wine and cheese served under the tent on the West Terrace at 6:00 p.m. before the music starts at 6:30 p.m. You won’t forget this magical program for years to come.

$50 members; $55 non-members

Open to 90 attendees

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