The Garden Conservancy has endorsed Greenwood Gardens as one of 16 exceptional gardens.Put Greenwood Gardens on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Short Hills vacation generator.
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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Gorgeous grounds with lots of "secret gardens", garden sculptures and even a "tea house", all located 30 minutes outside of New York City in the middle of a beautiful suburban community! more »
We are members of the Gardens, so we visit a few times annually. They also host excellent community events - the most recent one we attended was a Fall Festival. Great family fun! more »
The flowers are wonderful. The volunteers are warmhearted and helpful. The pond with wild geese was tranquile. I had the luck to come across with Mr. Blanchard in the garden shop. I appreciated his generosity and his family's love of nature. It's a hidden germ in the short hill. The fountains and stairs still need some maintenance.
Beautiful grounds. Loved my visit here. Will be back. Great place to bring the family. They had a scavenger hunt for the children as well.
They don't allow SLR CAMERA'S??? luckily it was at the end, when a guy came up to me and said - we don't allow that kind of camera here. only point and shoot and phone cameras - and that's all, he said. and i asked why? and he said, that's what the board wanted... despite the fact there were at least a dozen of people who had slr type cameras... made no sense... anyway, if you do have a big camera, don't take it near the bathrooms, that's where he yelled at me, and told me to put it in car??? the garden itself is expensive for what it is. the pond, waterfalls, etc - were not only dry, but plants were growing in it. walls are cracked everywhere, and while that adds charm, the sheer lack of flowers kills it for me. i counted only a few irises, no plants are labeled. and the pathways will trip you very easily. you always have to look down where you walk. but this is the very first time when they told me i couldn't use a specific type of camera. i removed a star for that alone. the garden isn't really anything to write home about, certainly not worth the $10
As other reviewers have noted, the ban on DSLR cameras really put a damper on my visit. Nowadays phone cameras and some high end point and shoots are equally capable of capturing breath taking images. To put a ban on DSLR's alone is short sighted and the logic is beyond my comprehension. I had prepared my Canon 6D with an assortment of lenses hoping to spend a few hours working on some shots. Unfortunately it is the first thing that I noticed on a printed sign upon entering the premise. The staff again emphasized the ban as we arrived at the visitors center. I did have as a backup a point and shoot camera with me. The staff member can't even differentiate that with a dslr, telling me it is a no-no. I told him this is a point and shoot equipped with a zoom lens, that is all. After my explanation he allowed me to proceed. I have been to many arboretums, botanical gardens, nature preserves and was never denied to bring in a dslr. Adding injury to insults, besides the main building and its surrounding area, the structures throughout are in disrepair and in needs of maintenance. They have characters for sure. All the water fountains are dead with overgrown weeds in one of them. This place is fit for a lost soul or a poet desperate for inspiration, photo enthusiasts, not so much. The staff overall was welcoming and business like. Pete, the property owner's son who was raised in this place was very warm and generous with his time as he gave our group a brief history and guide to start off the tour. I would have given this place a 3 or perhaps 4 stars if not for the DSLR bans. There is also an admission charge of $10.
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 majestic....it is truly Heaven on Earth!
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