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Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • Wow! Greenwood Gardens is a breathtaking garden respite in the midst of the hustle and bustle of northern New Jersey. If you need a place to slow down and feel like you’ve gone back in time, this is t...  read more »
  • We were amazed by this hidden garden secret & so close to new york vicinity, yet, once you are there, it's like being in your on oasis. Joan who was our docent was very charming and very informative. ...  read more »
  • This was a lovely place to stop and take a stroll. When we first got there, I was taken by how beautiful the estate was. It was a perfect place for a nice picnic (which they said was allowed) and had ...  read more »
  • I moved to NJ recently and was wondering why it is called the Garden State. Now I know. My obstetrician is located next to the Greenwood Gardens, so I loved visiting the park in front of that property. And finally in my 38th week of pregnancy, I decided to drive in and look at this mysterious place. I love exploring new places and this one was one of the most interesting and mesmerizing. The tranquil atmosphere, beautifully kept grounds, huge butterflies, and old statues and buildings caught my interest. The lady at the office was so sweet and let me in for free, plus gave me ice-tea and cookies (curtesy for all the visitors).
  • I am a frequent visitor of Greenwood Gardens and each time I visit it is truly an experience. The volunteers and the staff are exceptionally wonderful. For those who visit these gardens for the first time, trust me you will want to come again and again. Greenwood Gardens is a place to walk around the garden and smell the beautiful plants and flowers. The trees are is truly Heaven on Earth!
  • first of all this garden should be free. Saw no flowers and the little they had was all dried up. Poorly kept and nothing amazing to see or remember. Lots of mosquitos too much that I lost interest in anything. It could be a lovely place if there were flowers, clean around the statues so we can actually see them. Fill up the dried ponds with flowers or rocks etc.i gave it 1 star really it deserves 1/2. 😵
  • For so many years I've passed this place thinking what's in there. Today finally my Curiosity overwhelmed me. Because it was raining most of the day my sister and I took a chance and hoped they would be open. Thank you rain!!! because the person at the entrance told us we were the only ones there.. We had the whole entire gardens to our selves. $10 entrance fee to me was well worth it and we even had the lovely Lissett tour guide to explain the history of this gorgeous grounds. We will be back through the different seasons.
  • Absolute tranquility and natural beauty with touch of human vision and compassion. Highly recommend for visit.
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