Programs – June & July

Program Calendar – June & July

June 2023

Birder’s Walk

Thursday, June 1
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Immerse yourself in nature as you venture into the garden with New Jersey Audubon Naturalist Dave Hall. This avian expert 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 gift shop. Complimentary gift with purchase.

Open to 15 participants. $15 per person.


Garden Sensory Walk

Tuesday, June 6
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Greenwood’s gardens are a rich source of stimulation for all your senses!  Join Stephanie Murphy, Public Engagement Manager, as she leads you on a journey that will enable you to hear nature’s calming sounds, smell herbal and floral perfumes, and see and feel the textures and patterns of intricate plants.  You will emerge with a heightened awareness and new appreciation of your surroundings. Open to 15 participants.

$10 members; $15 non-members.


For Members

Member’s Jazz Picnic

Saturday, June 10
(Rain Date: Sunday, June 11)
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

One of Greenwood’s most popular events, our annual Member’s Jazz Picnic is a fitting way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! Members are invited to bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic supper to enjoy on the majestic Main Lawn, while being entertained by the cool beats of professional jazz musicians. The gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the music starts at 6:30 p.m.  Complimentary soft drinks provided. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Sign up early to secure your spot!

$20 per member and a limit of up to two non-member guests per member group.


Creative Arts Day in the Garden

En Plein Air Painting, Sketching, and Photography for Enthusiasts

Wednesday, June 14
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 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. Watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, photography, sketching, and journaling are welcome. 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.


For Members

The Book Group at Greenwood Gardens

Tuesday, June 2010:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

June’s book selection is A Plain Vanilla Murder by Susan Wittig Albert. This skillfully crafted and captivating novel blends the elements of mystery, herb lore, past secrets, and present sins, with characters so authentic they could be your neighbors.

Enjoy a guided discussion of a preselected book led by Greenwood Advisory Board member and Short Hills resident, Patti Manzi.  Light refreshments will be served. The Book Group at Greenwood Gardens meets quarterly.

Open to 16 members. Free to members.


Trouble in Paradise walk: Tackling Invasive Plants and Other Garden Nuisances

Friday, June 23
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

At one time or another, all gardeners encounter the challenges posed by relentless poison ivy, run-away wisteria, or other familiar invasive plants. On this walk, Greenwood’s Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven, will discuss the tools and techniques for tackling these common, yet unwanted garden visitors from the plant world.

Open to 15 participants;
$10 members; $15 non-members.

For Members

Historical Society Bus Tour of Short Hills

Thursday, June 29
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us on this special look-back-in-time as we travel by bus through Short Hills, led by master-storyteller, Andrew Permison, Greenwood Trustee and past president of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. Featuring over 50 attractions, the tour includes the town’s landmarks, historic homes, and the fascinating stories of the people who lived in them. Following the tour, we will head back for lunch and a garden tour of Greenwood. This entertaining and informative experience is not to be missed!

Open to 18 members.
$50 per person.


July 2023

Experience QiGong in the Garden

Thursday, July 6
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

with Carl Klemme, QiGong Practitioner, Glow Yoga Center

Let the peace and beauty of Greenwood Gardens enhance your introduction to QiGong with Carl, an experienced practitioner of this ancient practice utilizing movement, breathing, and mindfulness to support and enhance health, longevity, and spiritual connectivity. This session will focus on the Eight Pieces of Brocade, a classic series of movements from which anyone can benefit and will be performed in different locations throughout the gardens.

Open to 15 participants.
$15 members; $20 non-members.


Twilight Tour with a Focus on Garden Ornaments

Tuesday, July 11
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you have ever walked the garden and wondered about the age of a particular statue and whether it occupied other locations on the site, this is the tour for you! Stephanie Murphy, Public Engagement Manager, will provide answers to these and other fascinating questions about our whimsical, mysterious, and historic garden statuary and ornaments. Enjoy wine and cheese along the way.

Open to 15 participants.
$15 members;
$20 non-members.


Music in the Garden Concert Series


Friday, July 21
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Stone Mountain Properties

Join us for the second in a series of three intimate outdoor concerts featuring music through the ages including tonight’s special focus on Jazz, the music that was most popular during Greenwood’s early years in the 1920s. Be wowed by the AAPI Jazz Collective, led by Peter Lin on trombone and featuring vocalist Tammy Huynh, specializing in performing classic repertoire from Asian cultures reimagined within a jazz context.  Arrive at 5:30 p.m. 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 of some of the finest jazz around!

Open to 90 attendees.
$30 members; $35 non-members.


For Members

Member’s Twilight Tour and Croquet on the Lawn

Tuesday, July 25
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Stroll through the Main Axis at this peaceful time of day.  Hark back to the early 1900s when the Day family enjoyed this area of the garden and take part in a friendly game of croquet. Learn about the changes in the landscape over the years in this part of the garden known as the “Croquet Terrace” while you revel in nature. Enjoy wine and cheese along the way.

Open to 16 participants.
Free to members.

For Members

Sustainable Planning, Parking, and a Picnic: Exploring the North Ridge Parking Lot, and Rain Garden

Thursday, July 27
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join Greenwood’s Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven, for an engaging tour of and discussion about the North Ridge Parking Lot and our sustainable rain garden. The tour will conclude in our stately London plane allée over a picnic lunch when the group will be joined by Deputy Directory, Rich Murphy, for a discussion and Q&A session on the renovations at Greenwood. Boxed lunch choices will be sent to you for selection prior to the tour date.

Open to 20 members.
$20 per person.
Reservations are required by Friday, July 21.


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