Greenwood gardens' Fall- Winter 2017 newsletter

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Abby O’Neill Appointed Executive Director of Greenwood Gardens


eter P. Blanchard III, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Greenwood Gardens, has announced the appointment of Abby O’Neill as the new Executive Director, effective October 18, 2017. Abby is assuming this position following the retirement of Elizabeth Johnson who led the organization for the past four years. Mr. Blanchard noted that “the Board of Trustees of Greenwood Gardens is thrilled to welcome Abby O’Neill in this important leadership role. Abby’s expertise in non-profit management and fundraising will be critical to Greenwood’s future as we work towards our next stage of restoration in this historic garden oasis.” Abby comes to Greenwood Gardens after six years as the Principal of Abby O’Neill Consulting LLC, a firm that provided strategic planning, communications and development counsel to philanthropies and non-profits. She served a wide range of clients including statewide grant-making and non-profit associations, independent and community foundations, and organizations that provide programs across a broad spectrum of the non-profit sector including arts and culture; health and human services; leadership development; affordable housing; urban education; environmental stewardship; history; and law. Previously, Abby led Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility efforts for the state of New Jersey including corporate giving, sponsorship, and employee volunteer programs. During that time, she directed the awarding of nearly $40 million in investments to non-profits whose missions focused on economic development, arts and culture, and education. Subsequently, she developed and managed communications and program strategy for the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation’s ReThink Health New Jersey initiative, an effort dedicated to raising awareness of the high cost

The Gardens Will Open May 3, 2018 Programs & Events Continue Year-round. See Pages 10-11.

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of care in our state. Before that, she also managed corporate communications and public relations for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Christie’s Auction House, and Burson-Marsteller in New York City. Abby is an active social sector volunteer, previously serving for many years on the boards of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, NJ Seeds, the Newark Museum, the Community FoodBank of NJ, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and currently, the Union Foundation. A fellow of the Class of 2001 of Leadership New Jersey (now Lead New Jersey), she holds a B.A. from Vassar College. Abby noted that “the chance to lead Greenwood Gardens is the opportunity of a lifetime. Greenwood is a remarkable place that nurtures our connection to the power and beauty of nature. A visit here to stroll the grounds, take a class, or simply relax in a quiet space, offers a portal to achieving the deep sense of well-being that we all desire. It is therefore with a profound sense of mission that I look forward to getting started on the inspiring work that lies ahead.”

Letter from Peter P. Blanchard III Chairman of the Board Dear Friends, As autumn descends on Greenwood and winter close at its heels, we are reminded of the inevitability of change. Before winPhoto by Nina Drapacz ter’s ice and snow overtake lakes and ponds, a vital, life-sustaining change occurs. Ecologists call it “autumn overturn.” Autumnal breezes, rain squalls and storm winds churn the water and oxygenate its depths. A similar phenomenon occurs in the spring as ice on the water melts. Whether in fall or spring, the seasonal process of overturn literally awakens ponds and lakes, rejuvenating them, enhancing their health and habitat value. More than seasonal change, however, is occurring at Greenwood Gardens. This public garden is experiencing its own version of autumn overturn with the retirement of Liz Johnson as Executive Director. Over the course of four dedicated years, Liz has brought cohesion, direction and inspiration to the Greenwood Community of staff, board, members and volunteers. Liz has moved the organization much closer to realizing its mission of aligning people with nature in a historic setting. She has been instrumental to the development of a Strategic Plan that will guide the organization’s evolution over the next seven years.

Furthermore, Liz has championed membership growth and diversification, expansion of programs, and stewardship of Greenwood’s buildings and grounds. With Liz’s input and guidance, two outside experts have effectively joined forces with Greenwood: John Bauser of Hargrove International, Inc. and Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes. John has established a framework for fundraising and board governance while Patricia has provided a visionary concept of a garden fully in tune with the natural world and bygone eras. Thanks to Liz’s efforts, Greenwood Gardens is well poised for the future. As she has often reminded us, the primary goal of the Gardens is sustainability. Sofia and I would like to join the entire Greenwood Community in gratefully acknowledging and celebrating Liz’s leadership and wishing her well in her future endeavors and many happy and relaxing years with her family. At the same time, Greenwood looks forward to welcoming and working with Abby O’Neill, who comes to the Executive Director’s position with wide experience in the nonprofit world. Abby’s perspectives and skills will complement existing strengths of our organization. Abby’s appointment represents a critical step forward for a public garden with an ambition to excel and high hopes for the future. All the best, Peter

Letter from Abby O’Neill Executive Director Dear Friends, It is with incredible excitement, gratitude and awe that I begin a new journey as the Executive Photo by Jacqueline O'Neill Director of Greenwood Gardens! I am mindful that I have big shoes to fill, as Liz Johnson, Greenwood’s head for the past four years, has worked tirelessly alongside founders Peter and Sofia Blanchard to ensure a bright future for this remarkable oasis. My intention is to seamlessly take up where she has left off when my full-time tenure starts on December 1. I wish Liz much happiness in her future endeavors, and I have no doubt that she will continue to be a dear friend to us all. There is much to learn in the coming months and I am fortunate that I will be able to call on the guidance of a stellar staff and dedicated Board of Trustees who know Greenwood so 2 GREENWOOD

well. I can’t wait to experience the full cycle of the four seasons in my first year to understand how the property prepares for winter, begins to come alive during spring, steams through summer and evolves into a blaze of color with the arrival of fall. That Nature provides us with her thrilling performances year after year is one of life’s greatest gifts and a source of inspiration. How lucky for us that Greenwood offers a front row seat! I look forward to meeting you during your future visits, whether strolling the grounds, taking part in one of our classes, or attending an event. It will be my pleasure to welcome you, hear about your experience and to learn what inspires you to spend time with us. Thank you for your past support of Greenwood Gardens and for making Greenwood a part of your life. Warmly, Abby

Hopelessly Devoted By Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Trustee By the time I wrote "Gardening in Eden", a book about my own garden in Summit, New Jersey, I realized my appetite for gardening was growing by leaps and bounds. And so it was many years ago when I saw an article in our local newspaper about a twenty-eight acre garden in Short Hills which would be open to the public for one afternoon, I made a note to be sure to go. Twenty-eight acres? In Short Hills? This I had to see! As often happens, other priorities impinged and I missed that Open Day, but the same time the following year, there was another article announcing another Open Day, accompanied by a seductive photo of weathered pillars around an out-of-use, yet dreamy water feature. Nothing would stop me now, and with a neighbor who knew the garden’s location, we set off on a beautiful Spring afternoon. I remember as if it was yesterday, wandering up through the fragrant pines around the Garden of the Gods pool, being astounded by the stone Summer House and Tea House, the amazing vistas, the wonderful old paths, stairs and statuary, statuary, when all of a sudden, my friend intruded: "I think that's Peter Blanchard up by the house," he said. "Who?" "Peter Blanchard. My sister went to Short Hills Country Day School with him. Let's go say hello." "No," I whined, "I’d rather not". I did not want to interrupt my wonderful reverie by having to talk to strangers. "Come on," my friend insisted, "just for a minute." "Ok, ok, " I grumbled, and we headed up to the side of the house.

There indeed were Peter P. Blanchard III and his wife Sofia. Within minutes I felt I had been reunited with siblings from whom I had been separated at birth; kindred spirits who immediately recognized a fellow garPhoto by Joy Yagid dener! So began my love affair with Greenwood Gardens. I was honored, a few years later, to be asked to join the Board of Trustees and watched in awe the transformations that took place so that the gardens could, at last, open to the public. And as often as I have been to Greenwood, I am filled, every time, with overwhelming gratitude that this treasure of New Jersey is right here for all of us to cherish.

Volunteer at Greenwood Gardens!

twelve or less on forty-five minute walking tours focusing on Greenwood’s history, conservation, horticulture and stewardship. Qualified applicants will attend a day of training and work with a mentor until they are comfortable to lead tours on their own. Interested? Email us at

Volunteers are highly valued members of Greenwood’s family. If you are interested in being part of an energetic and knowledgeable team, contact us so that we can find the right place for you and your talents!

Arthur T. Vanderbilt II earned a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics as well as on the New Jersey State Bar Association Task Force on Attorney Disciplinary System. He is an accomplished writer, with works published on legal as well as on gardening topics. Arthur is a member of the Author’s Guild and the National Writer’s Union and is listed in Contemporary Authors, Writer’s Who’s Who and International Authors.

The Green Team: For individuals interested in gardening. Weather permitting, the Green Team works 1-3 hours Wednesday mornings, starting at 9:00 a.m. Activities include general garden maintenance, planting container displays, special projects and more. Open to all levels of experience. Basic instruction is provided along the way. Garden Docent: Trained Volunteer Docents help educate the public and enhance the visitor experience by leading groups of Photo by Sonia Uyterhoeven GREENWOOD


Greenwood Happenings

Last May, Peter and Sofia Blanchard were honored with the Place Keeper Award, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies, in recognition of their success in converting Greenwood Gardens into a membership organization open to the public. Attending the celebratory luncheon were, from left: Patti Donovan; Pat McGinley; Trustees Elaine Becker and Lezette Proud; former Director of Horticulture, Louis Bauer; Sofia and Peter Blanchard; Trustee, Marco Polo Stuffano. Not shown are former Executive Director Liz Johnson and Stephanie Murphy, Manager of Programs and Public Engagement. Photo by Liz Johnson

Children and grownups alike had fun learning about the importance of pollinators during our 5th annual Bees, Birds & Butterflies event in July. Cliff Sunflower of Bear Honey Farms taught visitors all about honey bees during his interactive program, “Dancin’ with the Honey Bees”; Bee Bold Apiaries, sponsored by Overlook Medical Center, demonstrated how honey is extracted from hives; and the Millburn Free Public Library hosted Story Time. At the end of the day, participants released 300 Painted Lady butterflies into the Garden. Special thanks to our volunteers. Photos by Joy Yagid 4 GREENWOOD

In April, many talented friends participated in our Chinese Cultural Evening. Volunteer Dilys So, (bottom photo) organized music, food and dance celebrating fascinating and beautiful aspects of Chinese culture. "When we get together,” said Dilys, we connect neighbors and friends, in order to strengthen, empower, and celebrate the diverse communities amongst us…We deeply appreciate the ongoing collaboration [with] Greenwood Gardens!” Photos by Joyce Chen

On a hot, summer day in June, 75 campers from Bergen County’s Dwight Englewood School visited Greenwood Gardens. Campers took part in a nature discovery walk, observed our chickens and goats, and learned from Bee Haven Farms experts about the importance of pollinators and the process of extracting honey from beehives. Campers made beeswax candles, enjoyed lunch and sketched their observations of Greenwood and were home in time for dinner. Photo by Stephany Murphy

Friday, October 20, Greenwood Gardens Trustees, staff and friends gathered for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to bid a fond farewell to Liz Johnson upon her retirement. A performance by the Isadora Duncan Dance Company was a highlight of the evening. Greenwood staff from left: Kris Berrios, Amani Mateen-Bradley, Stephanie Miller, Stephanie Murphy, Liz Johnson, Rich Murphy, Sonia Uyterhoeven, Joan Mutascio, and Vicki Johnson. Photo by Marty Johnson

Greenwood is blessed by the dedication of loyal volunteers. In appreciation of all their efforts, we organized two field trips for their enjoyment: guided tours of Cross Estates in Bernardsville, and the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills. Photo by Stephanie Murphy

More than 700 visitors attended Greenwood’s History and Harvest Celebration on Sunday, October 15. In keeping with the Halloween theme, adults and children were fascinated by “creepy bugs” displayed by summer intern and future entomologist, Brandon Deboer, and given a hair-raising introduction to “scary plants” like a Venus fly trap by Erik Zimmermann of EZ Bontanicals. Everyone enjoyed the Friendly Farmyard petting zoo animals, pony rides, The Great Apple Hunt, Chestnut Street Witch, Chew Chew Pizza, Chocolate Works, Millburn Short Hills Historical Society, Words Bookstore, face painting, potato sack races and crafts. Soulfege A Capella provided live music performances. Photos by Linda Landy, Dilys So, Vicki Johnson GREENWOOD

Tulips at the Tea House Greenwood Gardens introduced a new program in celebration of Mother’s Day this year, Tulips at the Tea House. Guests were given the opportunity to honor a special person in their lives with a donation of tulip bulbs to be planted at the Tea House this month and enjoyed when they bloom next spring. It is a pleasure to thank the following supporters for their donations to the Tulips at the Tea House project: Kris Berrios in honor of Esther Picherollo Barbara Kernan in honor of Phyllis Kernan Vicki Johnson in memory of Cheri Johnson and Judith Marshall Michelle Miller in honor of Rose Miller Stephanie Murphy in memory of Elizabeth Murphy and Constance Papais

Jo Paine in memory of Peter Paine and Jonathan Paine Louise Palagyi in honor of Audrey Jahag Bill Palagyi in honor of Elizabeth Palagyi Dilys So in honor of Phoebe and Don Dowd Studio 1200, Nancy Dougherty, Lily Breyan in honor of employee anniversaries Sonia Uyterhoeven in memory of An Van dernahmer

Tulip photos from Colorblends

Return of the Eastern Box turtle By Peter P. Blanchard III With head held high and red eyes ablaze, an Eastern box turtle (Terrapine carolina) was observed in calm progression near the Carriage House last June. The utilization of a garden by wildlife - whether it be a Red-tailed Hawk sailing aloft, a Wood Duck nesting at pond’s edge or a box turtle lumbering along in his ancient way - is proof positive of a successful interface between wild and cultivated nature at Greenwood Gardens. A box turtle’s progression through a landscape can be stalled or halted, but only temporarily. For if approached or shadowed, a box turtle has the ability to “box” himself up completely and patiently tolerate most disturbances. “Under siege,” his domed upper shell (carapace) and lower shell (plastron), with a hinged seam work together to seal him up completely. Box turtles are omnivores and will eat a variety of insects, vegetation and carrion. They can live 100 years or longer. 6 GREENWOOD

Finally, reptilian credit must be given where it is due. Turtles have been bestowed with legendary associations and mythic responsibilities. Embodying traits of determination, longevity, wisdom and boldness, turtles have played central roles in numerous attempts to explain the world’s creation. According to a number of traditions, ranging from Polynesia, India and Tibet to Native North America, the earth we inhabit and even the cosmos itself are riding on the back of a giant turtle or tortoise, moving along as slowly and doggedly as Greenwood’s box turtle.

Photo by Stephanie Murphy

Counting Our Chickens A Few of My and Favorite Buzzing with Bees: Things by Head of A Healthful Partnership Horticulture, with Overlook Medical Center Sonia Uyterhoeven Photo by Erica Moffit

When we approached Overlook Medical Center about placing beehives on the property to encourage pollination among all the flora, little did we know just how much these busy insects would enjoy our garden oasis. Starting with two beehives in the summer of 2016, the bees have thrived so well that Overlook has added four more hives to the Garden. Greenwood is fortunate to have a visionary partner in Mike Atanasio, Overlook’s Manager of Food and Nutrition at Atlantic Health Systems. Hilltop Honey serves as Greenwood’s able beekeeper in partnership with Overlook. Overlook’s interest in beekeeping stems from its interest in educating the public about matters of health and wellness and in seeking ways to leverage the beneficial properties of nature’s bounty. For example, the Medical Center is using the honey produced by their own bees (who reside on the rooftop at Overlook!) to develop a soothing lip balm for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. In addition to the beekeeping initiative, Overlook also developed a program with Greenwood to produce fresh eggs for its employees. The Medical Center funded improvements to Greenwood’s chicken coops last year to accommodate the 35 chickens they now house. The eggs produced by the chickens are routinely collected and distributed to the Medical Center’s employees to enjoy.

Renowned naturalist David Attenborough once exclaimed that “an understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” Horticulture at Greenwood Gardens is an ongoing adventure. Every year we try something new in our planting schemes. We visit other gardens for ideas, attend conferences, peruse catalogs and poke our noses around local plant sales and nurseries. We chose the South African Leonotis ocymifolia ‘Dwarf Lion’s Ear’ from Morris County Farms as the centerpiece for a planter at the edge of the Forecourt. The fuzzy flowers resembling orange pipe cleaners are arranged in whorls on stiff stems and look like small flying saucers ready to take flight. This whimsical plant has performed like a champion, flowering from late June into the fall. Another prolific blooming favorite this year is Dahlia ‘Mystic Spirit’ which we purchased at the Short Hills Garden Club plant sale. This delectable dahlia has single, pale yellowapricot flowers offset by contrasting mocha brown foliage. We simply deadheaded spent flowers to keep it blooming all summer and fall. The elegant exotica, Cape fuchsia, Phygelius x rectus, stole my heart. We purchased two varieties: ‘Winchester Fanfare’ and ‘Moonraker’. ‘Moonraker’ is a beautiful butter yellow which glistens from a distance in containers placed in the Garden of the Gods. ‘Winchester Fanfare’ is best observed up close, so we planted them in containers by the steps leading from the Main Lawn down to the Reflecting Pool Terrace. When flipped over, the tubular raspberry red flowers reveal a vibrant yellow interior. Even though the tubular flowers are very similar to fuchsias, their common name is misleading. Cape fuchsias are members of the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae), and are related to foxgloves and penstemons.

Photo by Joy Yagid Photo by Vicki Johnson



A Stewardship Action Plan for Greenwood by Elizabeth Johnson, former Executive Director Peter P. Blanchard III readily admits that as a boy growing up at Greenwood, his favorite haunts were in South Mountain Reservation, not the formal gardens designed by William Renwick and embellished by his parents with an overlay of boxwood, yew, and magnificent allées of London plane and spruce. It was in the forest that he found his place, grew his deep love of the land and its fauna and flora. Protection and study of nature became his lifelong passion. So it’s no small coincidence that Greenwood is about to fully embrace its mission of “connecting people with nature”. The remarkable fact that Greenwood Gardens still exists within over 2000 acres of preserved forest and parkland sets Greenwood apart from most other public gardens in the region. Ecologically, Greenwood is very much influenced by and a part of the continuum of the surrounding preserved habitat. And because Greenwood is fenced, the ecology here is not diminished by deer browsing. After completing Greenwood’s Strategic Plan in 2016, the next step was to complete a master plan for restoration, reuse, and care of our historic landscape, features, and buildings. We were fortunate to engage Heritage Landscapes, widely respected as one of the top heritage landscape architecture firms in the country. With principal Patricia O’Don-

Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes shares ideas for restoring areas of the Garden with Greenwood Gardens Trustees and staff.

nell at the helm, the firm has been working with us for the past six months and will soon complete Greenwood’s Stewardship Action Plan, (SAP). The SAP embraces Greenwood’s mission “to connect people with nature” and responds to the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. The approach that Heritage Landscapes has presented, and our trustees have endorsed, integrates culture, nature, history, and ecology. It is a rare public garden that has the rich complement of features that highlight all these areas, and Greenwood has them in spades. We want to use all of Green-

Photo by Vicki Johnson

wood’s assets to provide guests with a varied, and deeply engaging experience of the history, horticulture, ecology, and design of the property. To do this effectively, the SAP outlines specific goals for restoration and recreation of buildings and garden features, pathways, signage, and landscape management. We’re so excited to be at this stage, working towards sustainability for Greenwood and an enriched experience for guests. We’ll let you know when the SAP is complete, and look forward to sharing it with you.

Greenwood Receives Wheel Tree Gift from Brooklyn Botanic Garden Much to our surprise and delight, when a group from Brooklyn Botanic Garden came for a tour of the Garden this summer, their President, Scott Medbury, presented us with a rare wheel tree (Trochodendron aralioides) that had been propagated by Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff. This tree is now planted and flourishing on the west walk near the reflecting pool terrace. Photo by Sonia Uyterhoeven


Greenwood Gardens’ First Spring Benefit & Luncheon

From left: Lolo Francis, Dick Francis, Liz Johnson, Lezette Proud, Cathy Deutch and daughter Arden, Judy Yarnell, Alma Staehle, Laura Johnson

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 Greenwood Gardens trustees, staff, members, and guests celebrated the 90th birthday of longtime friend, volunteer and trustee, Lezette Proud with a catered luncheon and benefit to help raise funds for additional seating in the garden. One of Greenwood’s greatest champions, Lezette was the leading force behind the original Green Team at Greenwood Gardens. It has been a longtime wish of hers to have more seating for garden guests. As she is known to say, "We want them to visit and stay awhile". The event raised five thousand dollars and has been used for the purchase of a new Wharton Bench by Munder Skiles that will be placed in the Garden in early 2018. Greenwood Co-founders Peter P. Blanchard III and Sofia Blanchard led a champagne toast and each expressed their heartfelt tributes. Peter: “Ah, Lezette…spending selfless and tireless hours tending an old and long hidden garden. Clipping unruly lilacs, planting tulip bulbs, pulling weeds, leading tours, orienting the disoriented, giving your all in workshops and board meetings. You truly embody the spirit of Greenwood…staff, board and friends of Greenwood are so grateful that you found the key and latch to our garden door. We are

Greenwood Gardens Co-founders, Peter and Sofia Blanchard toast Lezette.

encouraged by your passion and heartened by your frequent, determined, and ever loyal passage under the ivy.” Raising her glass, Sofia concluded, “We’d like to toast your enormous contribution to Greenwood and many other organizations in this town. You are a leader in conservation and community service and you are an inspiration to us all! We love you!” Trustee Elaine Becker read a proclamation by the mayor of Millburn, which states in part, “Now, therefore, I, Cheryl H. Burstein, Mayor of the Township of Millburn, on this 20th day of May, 2017 salute Lezette Proud for her outstanding record of accomplishments over more than fifty years and thank her for improving the quality of life in our township." During the ceremonies, Deputy Director Rich Murphy and Head of Horticulture Sonia Uyterhoeven announced that in Lezette’s honor, two Rutgers University Cornus kousa 'Scarlet Fire' TM dogwood trees will be planted in the Gardens. We offer special thanks to Judy Yarnell and Ursula Enderlin for the exquisite floral arrangements that adorned every table and Susan Marshall for creating the invitation.

From left: Trustee Elaine Becker reads a proclamation by the mayor of Millburn, NJ; Lezette sitting on a Wharton Bench in the Garden.

Photo of Lezette on bench by Joy Yagid. All others by Erica Moffit and Vicki Johnson



Winter Programs holiday greens and decorative elements collected from the Garden and local vendors. $45members; $55 non-members. Registration required.

December Holiday House Tour & Workshops Friday, December 1 thru Friday, December 8 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Come see the house decorated for the holidays. Enjoy cider and cookies. Weather permitting, stroll the Gardens. $10 per person. Register on our website for programs and demonstrations throughout the week: Friday, December 1: Wreath decorating demonstration 11:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m. Create a Hanukkah decoration 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2: Cookies and story time with Santa 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3: Photos with the Grinch - $25 per family 11:00 a. m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 4: “Spruce” up your Christmas Tree 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Create a Hanukkah decoration Noon - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 5: All wrapped up: creative present wrapping 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 6: Holiday garland demonstration 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 7: Cookie swap. Limited to 12 per session 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Bring a dozen cookies along with the recipe Friday, December 8: Mantel piece swag demonstration 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

January Chair Yoga Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Join Debby Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement, to learn how simple stretching from your chair can benefit your overall health, flexibility and well-being. This class is for anyone interested in yoga and perfect for beginners, or anyone with limited mobility. Classes will be held in the comfort of the Main House. Register for all 4 sessions and save! Single session: $10 members; $15 non-members 4 sessions: $35 members; $55 non-members Registration required. Minimum of 10 participants required per class.

Writing Workshop Wednesday January 10 10:00 a.m. – Noon Peter P. Blanchard III, naturalist, writer and painter, has explored Greenwood since his childhood here. Join him as he shares his passion for nature through the craft of nature writing. Peter will guide you through exercises in written observation and expression and through readings from the work of established authors. Writing pads, pencils and pens will be supplied. Bring passages to share from your favorite author(s). $10 members; $15 non-members Registration required. Continued on page 11

Holiday Floral Arrangements Saturday, December 16 10:00 a.m. to Noon Get in the spirit of the holidays with this creative workshop of holiday centerpieces. Adorn your arrangement with fresh

Board of Trustees Elaine Becker

Peter P. Blanchard III Sofia Blanchard Henry P. Johnson Cynthia Kellogg Susan Lowry 10 GREENWOOD

Louise Moos Andrew Permison Lezette G. Proud Marco Polo Stufano Arthur T. Vanderbilt II Carl R. Woodward III

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Greenwood Gardens is one of only 16 gardens endorsed by the Garden Conservancy, a national, nonprofit organization founded to help preserve America’s most exceptional gardens. Funding for the restoration of Greenwood Gardens has been made possible in part by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust/State of New Jersey.

Get Your Greenwood Fix Wednesday, January 17 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Come tour the Garden in winter. $5 members; $10 non-members. Registration required. Weather permitting; please check our website and Facebook page for notice of possible cancellation or phone before coming.

New! Adult Coloring Club Wednesday, January 24 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Escape the winter doldrums, relax and unleash your inner artist while enjoying a glass of wine and conversation. All supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own. Free to members; $5 non-members. Registration required.

New! Moonlight Walk Tuesday, January 30 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Experience Greenwood Gardens by the light of the full moon. Bring your flashlights and listen for owls as you tour the Garden in the quiet of a winter evening. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required.

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Holiday House Tour Greenwood will be bustling with holiday spirit Friday, December 1 through Friday, December 8! Come see the Main House decorated with festive greenery and seasonal elements from the garden. Enjoy a host of activities including story time with Santa, photos with the Grinch, a cookie swap and tips for decorating and gift wrapping. Weather permitting, stroll the Gardens. Hours: December 1 - December 8 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission: $10 per adult; free to children under 12 Other fees may apply – for more details visit our website: We are pleased to participate with the Essex County Holiday House Tour Saturday-Sunday, December 1 &2. For more information please visit Photo by Vicki Johnson