Programs – October to December

Program Calendar – October to December

October 2024

Peter P. Blanchard III Lecture Series

Short Hills, New Jersey: The Construction of Stewart Hartshorn’s Suburban Ideal

Sunday, October 6
3  p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

With Dorothy Kelly, Curator-in-Chief, Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society Museum 

Considered the father of Short Hills, Stewart Walker Hartshorn was a late 19th century visionary whose approach to suburban  development resulted in the creation of the singular community that exists today. In this indoor lecture, learn about Hartshorn’s principles and how he achieved his goal.

$30 members; $35 non-members

Open to 30 attendees


Birder’s Walk

Thursday, October 10
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 gift shop. Complimentary gift with purchase.

$15 per person

Open to 15 participants



Thursday, October 17
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

With Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture 

Join Sonia for this tour during Autumn, a special time in the garden. She will provide pointers on how to put the garden to bed for the winter as well as highlight late-season show-stoppers along the way.

$15 members; $20 non-members

Open to 20 participants


Peter P. Blanchard III Lecture Series

A Homeowners Guide to Happy Trees

Thursday, October 24
3  p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

With Wayne Cahilly, Arborist and Owner, Cahilly’s Horticultural Services, LLC

If you have been seeking expert advice on how to raise healthy, happy trees, you won’t want to miss this informative indoor lecture! Wayne, a former NYBG arborist and now independent consultant, will share the critical information that every homeowner needs for success including the various aspects of the life cycle of trees, from planting and growing, to interventions and the care of geriatric trees. In addition, by providing a firm and easy-to-understand foundation in biology and environmental science, he will place the challenges of growing healthy trees into a modern context.

$30 members; $35 non-members

Open to 35 attendees


For Members


Thursday, October 31
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We have set aside a day exclusively for members to take a final, unhurried stroll through the garden before we close for the season. Enjoy refreshments, guided tours, indoor presentations, and more! We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity to soak up all the best of nature, beauty, and history that Greenwood has to offer!

Free to members


November 2024

Closing Day

Sunday, November 3
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On this final day of our open season, we invite you for a leisurely stroll through the garden to take in the fall blooms still on display, listen to the relaxing gurgling of our stately fountains, and even share a chat with one of our friendly turkeys at the farmyard. Don’t forget to stop in at the Welcome Center for a refreshment and a token of thanks for visiting this year!

Free to members

General admission applies


December 2024

For Members

The Book Group at Greenwood Gardens

Tuesday, December 3
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


Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 21
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

With Carl Woodward, Greenwood Trustee and Avid Birdwatcher

The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the world’s longest-running citizen science survey in which volunteer birdwatchers throughout North America take a census of wild bird sightings. For the fourth year in a row, Greenwood will serve as a survey site. Participants will seek out the birds that winter here and findings will be reported to the Watchung Ridge Count and ultimately, to the annual report of North American bird sightings. Meet in the Cottage Parking Lot by 12:00 p.m. Basic bird identification knowledge helpful but not necessary. Dress warmly, with sturdy footwear and good gloves. Bring binoculars bird guides. Cameras welcome. Rain or shine.


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