Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills

#103 of 137 in Parks in New Jersey
The Garden Conservancy has endorsed Greenwood Gardens as one of 16 exceptional gardens.

Greenwood Gardens was originally the home of the Joseph P. Day family The buildings and landscape were designed by William W. Renwick and constructed by hand of rough local stone and colorful Arts & Crafts tiles. The Days sold the property in 1944 and it declined. In the 1950s Peter P. Blanchard, Jr. and his wife Adelaide Childs Frick purchased the property and added their own signature to the Gardens. In particular, they added many evergreen trees, shrubs, and new design elements. The allees at the entrance and near the ponds are examples.

In 2000, in keeping with his father's wishes, Peter P. Blanchard III, and his wife, Sofia Blanchard, began the process of establishing Greenwood gardens as a nonprofit public garden and conservation organization.
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  • This is a hidden gem right under our noses in the Garden State! We found this lovely place quite by accident and by Karma, I think. This lovely garden is in the process of being restored, a process th...  more »
  • Enjoyed visiting this lovely stately home and garden. The gardens are in the process of being rehabilitated as able to afford. Worth more visits just to see the progress and the change of the planting...  more »
  • It was really quite. Big garden. Super nice people. Even have delicious ice tea and cookies. Will definitely go back in the fall.  more »
  • Though open to the public only four years, this place seems ancient. The trees, some over 100 years, ARE ancient, and as beautiful as all those years could make them; but even more beautiful is the amazing landscaping, with colors, shapes and textures in brilliant contrast everywhere. Additionally, the statues, structures, former (And future) fountains, and almost-but-not-quite-overgrown paths, make a great setting for a quiet search for yourself, or to grow in a relationship... or just enjoy a pleasant afternoon. The staff and docents are wonderful, kind, and knowledgeable. A particularly nice touch was being invited for a glass of iced tea, while we were still sitting in the garden.
  • Only had a short time here as I arrived late evening but the staff were super friendly and helpful and the place itself is gorgeous...great for relaxing evening basking in the wonders of God's creation.
  • Living in NJ for 27 years--never heard of this place until I saw it in the Bergen Record. Beautiful place with lots of interesting history. There was iced tea and cookies and a wonderfully helpful employee. Took lots of pictures of their beautiful gardens and buildings.
  • I don't understand how some people can't see that the only thing interesting in the place is the main house. I am a photographer and the first thing I saw was a sign that only allow point and shoot, and cell cameras, I had being told that if someone sells a photo from the dry gardens and make money they wont get any..what abut when I take a photo of New York City? they are not going to ask me for money I think is poor excuse, I had being told that the only person that is ok with photos from pro cameras is the chairman which is from the Vanderbilt family, and being the boss why not allow us to take photos. It will be good if they spend some money fixing the gardens, the pond doesn't look like a pond, if you ask me I will never pay ten dollars to see nothing...
  • Just visited. Lovely place. Not big, and can't run stroller and wheelchair. Great for a short trip on a weekend.

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