Greenwood Gardens Newsletter Spring 2016

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news Spring 2016

Adelaide Frick Blanchard (1915-1956) by Peter P. Blanchard III

Many individuals, no longer living, have made their mark on the landscape of Greenwood Gardens. Just as we acknowledge that Greenwood persists today only because of a team effort of its board, staff, volunteers, and friends, so the Gardens were founded by team efforts both in the Day and Blanchard eras. I don’t remember my mother, Adelaide, at all well. She passed away in 1956, when I was five years old. My recollections center on brief golden moments, when she chased me through a sprinkler system; guided me in lawn mowing with a miniature mower made of wood and introduced me to the newly born lambs, frisking under heat lamps in the barn. But her warmth, support and love certainly permeated my earliest years and persist today in the realm of my subconscious. I certainly remember aspects of Adelaide’s life as relayed to me by my father, Peter P. Blanchard Jr. A key theme was her independence and rebelliousness from an early age. Growing up in Roslyn, Long Island she was a spirited girl who tended to “buck” expectations. When “coming-out” parties were the norm for young ladies of a certain background, she steadfastly declined the opportunity. As depicted in the photographs and home movies (!) from the era of World War I and the Roaring Twenties, she enjoyed a happy and active existence as the oldest child of Childs and Frances S. Dixon Frick with her three siblings: Frances, Marsie and Clay. At her Roslyn home, Clayton, (now a county park) she took part in innumerable games and outings

Peter with his mother, Adelaide

pick up visitors’ hats at the front door of Clayton and deposit them at a coat check. In light of Adelaide’s future work in medicine and in light of a mischievous streak characteristic of the girl, a particular tale bears telling. While sick in bed at an early age, Adelaide anticipated her pediatrician’s visit. It would be the last house call the doctor would ever make at Clayton. He pulled back the covers to inspect the patient only to find a large Black snake curled up next to her, basking in her body heat. The doctor made a hasty retreat with Adelaide’s condition undiagnosed. Along with her two sisters, Adelaide attended the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. She graduated in 1933. As was apparently common at the time, each girl boarded her own horse. In the years immediately before World War II, my mother fully broke with the expectations of a woman’s role in society; she was drawn to a career path almost continued on next page

with a general outdoor focus. Her mood appears to have been at times pensive, at times happy, but she was never far from a smile. My own interpretation of her childhood is that she was rough and tumble, something of a tomboy. Young Adelaide shared with her family an enormous fondness for animals of various sorts—a fondness which would find ample expression during her later years at Greenwood. The menagerie at the Frick household contained, (among other inhabitants), parrots, chickens, ducks, doves, swans, horses, donkeys, long-haired dachshunds (in quantity), and a monkey of an unrecorded species, which (my Dad maintained) would

Greenwood Gardens is now open Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from May 1 through November 15, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Inside: Spring Program Offerings!

Adelaide and Peter build the 1950 house.

Adelaide Frick Blanchard — continued from page 1 completely dominated by men. She chose a medical career. Coursework abroad and at the University of Pittsburgh allowed her to prepare for and achieve admission to Yale Medical School. She graduated in 1943 with an MD degree. Following medical work in war-torn Germany, immediately following war’s end, she began a pediatric practice at New York Hospital. My parents were commuters from New York City who soon established a home in Llewellyn Park, West Orange, New Jersey. This, of course, was prior to their discovery of Pleasant Days, the future Greenwood.

photo by Vicki Johnson

Board of Trustees Elaine Becker Peter P. Blanchard III Sofia Blanchard Henry P. Johnson Cynthia Kellogg Susan Lowry Louise Moos Andrew Permison Lezette G. Proud Alexa Scordato Marco Polo Stufano Arthur T. Vanderbilt II Carl R. Woodward III Contact Us Greenwood Gardens 274 Old Short Hills Road Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 Telephone: 973.258.4026 Fax: 973.258.9244 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.

One incident, only partly humorous, points to Adelaide’s determination and pluckiness as a parent. Presiding over Christmas lunch at Clayton, Addie’s father, Childs, had an unusual idea of holiday fun. A multitude of long-haired dachshunds frequented the house and passed freely between indoors and outdoors by means of trap doors in the dining room wall. Childs would grab the closest dachshund by the scruff of the neck and hoist it aloft onto his lap. Once this was accomplished, he gave the dog a slight slug of rye whiskey and then released it. To my mother’s horror, she looked down from the far end of the table and saw me in Child’s lap, receiving the same treatment as the dachshund. She charged over, grabbed me by the scruff of the neck, and pulled me up and away. She proclaimed, “If you treat the boy like this again, it will be the last time he will ever be in this house!!” In full accord with the theme of Adelaide’s independence and feistiness, she and her husband nearly divorced during their first year of residence at Greenwood. While Peter planned to live in style in a colonial revival house (on the site of the Days’ former mansion), Adelaide had a very different vision: she set her sights on the Day Cowbarn, a Rookwood embellished, colonnaded barn, designed by William Renwick. The building promised a simpler and much more down-to-earth existence. Surrounded by woods southwest of the Carriage House, the Cowbarn was closer to Nature than the house site on the hill with its sweeping vistas. Her husband was drawn to the grander location where parties, receptions and gatherings of all kinds could be held. In this marriage, a true extrovert had found his opposite. Adelaide’s life as wife, mother and physician was cut short by colon cancer. Following initial surgery with an optimistic prognosis, the cancer returned within a year and was wide-spread. In the difficult time of parting from her family and her home at Greenwood, she suffered great sorrow and pain. She was also greatly angered by the rapid and premature closure of a promising life. She died on March 30, 1956 at the age of 41. photographs Courtesy of the Blanchard Family archives

Adelaide would be very pleased —most probably thrilled—at the progress and the promise of Greenwood. The allée of Norway Spruce that she and my father planted c. 1952, flanks and defines the entrance to Greenwood. Her spirit certainly underlies the garden-building and garden restoration endeavor of the Blanchard era. Regarding Greenwood in the 21st century, I believe that she would pose a set of pressing questions: “This is all very fine but where is my bay, ‘Kindoon?’ Where is Peter’s grey, ‘Gladstone?’ Where are the horses??” Adelaide with one of her beloved horses




From Our Perch on South Mountain By Liz Johnson, Executive Director, and Peter P. Blanchard III, Chairman of the Board

It’s spring, the time of rebirth, and a good time to anticipate what the future holds at Greenwood Gardens. I find myself reflecting on gifts from the families who built Greenwood, and how those gifts continue to impact the present and future. Think of the magnificent allée of Norway spruce just beyond our entrance gate. Peter and Adelaide Blanchard planted it 64 years ago. One hundred years ago, J. P. and Pauline Day planted the statuesque horse chestnut trees that surround the Summer House. These magnificent, noble trees are in

integral part of Greenwood’s history—and future. They help make this “world apart” (Peter P. Blanchard III’s apt description of Greenwood) even more magical. Of course, history reminds us that Greenwood could easily have been lost to development. The generosity and foresight of our founders ensured that they didn’t only plant and build; they also preserved these magnificent gardens in perpetuity, for the enjoyment and education of the public. In keeping with this legacy, those of us responsible for the stewardship of Greenwood take our jobs very seriously. We share a wonderful opportunity, and responsibility, to carefully plan for its future and ensure its sustainability and success. For that reason, our board is

immersed in a strategic planning process, in partnership with nationally recognized professionals. We are excited to work on such a far-reaching plan, which will be completed in about six months. We’ll need input from all of our stakeholders, and we’ll seek your feedback as the plan takes shape. The new Strategic Plan will guide us for the next 5-8 years. Thanks for supporting us through this important process. Future generations will look back at Greenwood, as we do today, and give thanks for the dedicated work of so many thoughtful people in 2016. We are creating another legacy, but we can’t do it without you!

Warm regards, Liz

Thankfully, at this time of the year, there is an insistent, irrepressible, and tireless force at work in New Jersey and on the North American continent. Representing neither a political party, a financial trend, nor a human agenda of any kind, the force brings hope and a vast and immediate benefit to all human beings who experience it. The vernal season is arising in every back yard and vegetable garden, in every tended window box. By its very nature, spring prevails over all! And the green tide has been rising at Greenwood Gardens. As the Gardens reopen again officially on May 1st, I am hoping that many folks reading this newsletter will come and celebrate the season and the seasonal transition. Some of the Gardens’ best

Adelaide Frick Blanchard

friends, our Green Team volunteers, have long been afield (in January, February and March), immersed, as they worked, in the earliest signs of spring. Many people have been and continue to be behind the effort to make Greenwood not only succeed but soar. As Sofia is fond of saying, “It takes a village!” One of the less recognized personalities in the Gardens’ history was my mother, Adelaide Frick Blanchard. In this newsletter, I’ve written a short piece about her life at Greenwood and about her contribution to the evolution of the garden-scape—both limited to her six years of residence, beginning in 1950. Further aspects of her life are presented in Greenwood: the Garden Path to Nature and the Past, which will be released in May.

photo courtesy of the Blanchard Family Archives

All best, Peter


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New Signs in the Garden by Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture Knowledge is empowering. Several years ago while visiting an exhibition on Edward Hopper at the Whitney Museum, I happened upon a curator-led tour. The curator explained how the artist’s use of strong lighting, cropped viewpoints and clearly defined lines came from his work as a theatrical set designer. The curator’s insights influenced how I viewed the exhibit. I find that guided tours through the garden can have the same effect on how we view the natural world. When a knowledgeable tour guide is not at hand, plant labels featuring botanical names are often treasure chests of information. If the epithet is salicifolia—I look for the willowshaped leaves; hirsutus—I look for the hairs or bristles; and rubra—I look for red. I let language be my guide. This year we are providing season-long guidance in the garden, by introducing signage. Some of the larger signs will contain informative morsels. For example, the famous Saul oak by the Tea House is a rare cross between a chestnut and a white oak. Other signs will contain the standard botanical fare: common name, genus, species, family and place of origin. It is part of botanical convention that the common name is written in lower case, the genus capitalized and italicized, the species or specific epithet lowercase and italicized, and the cultivar in single quotes and capitalized but not italicized. These standards help make the scientific language decipherable—or at least point us in the right direction. Life is never straightforward and some plants not only have a cultivar name but also a different trademarked name. Trademarked names are written in ALL CAPS. We have ordered elegant, anodized aluminum signs that are riveted into their stakes and guaranteed to last 15 years. The signs are a non-intrusive matte black with silver print. Additional seasonal signage that we ordered will highlight plants in bloom and showcase our expanding bulb collection. We hope the new signage will enhance your visit to the garden. A wellinformed gardener is a happy gardener.




A Life Well Lived: Marco Polo Stufano “We came from the farm and you’re going back to the farm?”, asked Marco Polo Stufano’s mother when he told her that he was planning a career in horticulture—after earning a degree in art history from Brown University.

Marco Polo Stufano photo by cutty mcgill

Stufano grew up with parents who loved to garden—his dad growing vegetables and his mom flowers. He considered an advanced degree in art history, but that didn’t feel right. At this point, while casting about for his next step, he took an interim job at the Museum of Modern Art. While there, he was a frequent visitor to the Donnell Library just across 53rd Street. There he came across a book on landscape architecture that changed his life. He realized that plants and the design of gardens were his future. He visited the New York Botanical Garden, (NYBG), where, he had a serendipitous encounter with Miss Elizabeth Hall, the Chief Librarian at the Garden. He told her about his interest in studying horticulture, to which she replied, “I think you should meet our Director of Horticulture, Mr. T. H. Everett”. Years later, Stufano learned that she said to Mr. Everett, “I think we’ve got a live one”. Unbeknownst to Stufano, NYGB was about to commence a formal program in horticulture, and he would become one of the first students.

Wave Hill was donated to the city of New York in 1960, and the grounds were in disarray when Marco Polo Stufano arrived in 1967. Fresh from his two years of horticultural training Stufano was hired as Director of Horticulture and was given the responsibility of redeveloping the neglected garden for public education and enjoyment. His first hires were two young men who were graduates of an NYBG work-study program. They were valued employees for twenty-five years. Beginning with the renovation of the greenhouses and working from there, the work progressed over many years. Many fortunate gardeners at Wave Hill learned from Stufano, and went on to make their own marks in the world of public gardens. Louis Bauer, who rebuilt the gardens here at Greenwood, was one of them. Marco first visited Greenwood Gardens as a representative of the Garden Conservancy. He was astounded by the large, formal gardens, and taken with the beauty of the Reflecting Pool and the Garden of the Gods. He imagined the wonderful woodland gardens that continued on page 8

Our Generous Supporters photo by vicki johnson

Greenwood Gardens thanks the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies for their generous support during 2015. The following list acknowledges all gifts received, including unrestricted, restricted, and gifts in-kind. $500,000 and more The Dendroica Foundation

$100,000 to $499,999

Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Blanchard III

$10,000 to $99,999 Patti Donovan The Helen Clay Frick Foundation Investors Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kellogg The Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999 The Achelis & Bodman Foundations E.A. Moos Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Lowry Mrs. Patricia McGinley Newark Academy Dr. and Mrs. Roger Nortillo Family Foundation Ms. Maureen Ogden Mr. and Mrs. A. Gary Shilling The Short Hills Home Garden Club $1,000 to $4,999 Dr. and Mrs. James E. Barrett, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Vaclav Benes Kathleen and Ted Bourke Dr. Valerie Brackett and Mr. Nikolaos Monoyios Mr. and Mrs. E. Freeman Bunn The Jennfier Chalsty Foundation Mr. David Ciavarella and Mrs. Barbara Kernan Mr. Paul Farhi Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Francis

Karen and Guil Gaylord Mr. and Mrs. Gates Hawn Elizabeth and Martin Johnson Ms. Justine O’Malley and Mr. Greg Outwater John and Laura Overdeck Mr. Andrew Permison Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Phelan Mr. and Mrs. H. Phipps Mr. and Mrs. Barry Ranieri Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sanborn Mr. and Mrs. Winston Sutter Mr. Arthur T. Vanderbilt II Mr. and Mrs. Carl Woodward Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Yarnell

$500 to $999 Mrs. Elaine Becker Ms. Hollace Bowers Mr. I Townsend Burden III Mr. Laurence and Mr. Michael Capone Ms. Roseamay Davis Ms. Jane Derickson Shafer Ms. Mary DiRico Mr. Stewart Dunn Mr. John S. Eddy Mr. and Mrs. Mark Filipski Ms. Sheilah Flynn Ms. Diane Genco and Mr. Eugene Schaefer Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ginsberg Ms. Elizabeth Gump Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hillenbrand The Richard Howe Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. James C. Kellogg Ms. Anne-Charlotte Krantz Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Leitner

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lepow Ms. Pamela Manice Leslie and Bruce Marsden McCleary Family Fund Mr. Robert A. Pfenning Ms. Lezette Proud Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schaible Seibert & Rice Mrs. Anne Sidamon-Eristoff

$250 to $499 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Barry Joyce and Jerrold Bertner Marjorie J. Billington Joan and Edmond Borneman Ms. Laraine Brennan Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brewer Mr. and Mrs. Cal Carver Mrs. Unni L. Cooper Ms. Julia Dorn Mr. and Mrs. Philip N. Eisner Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Engel Ms. Susan F. Ford Mr. and Mrs. George L.K. Frelinghuysen Emily T. Frick The Garden Club of Somerset Hills Mr. and Mrs. James Kerr Ms. Deana Lazaro Nancy and Gregory Leck Mr. Jeffrey Levy Cecilia V. Maher Ms. Marta McDowell and Mr. Kirk Bent Mrs. Vesta McLean Mr. and Mrs. John Melligon Ms. Elizabeth Round

Ms. Michelle Miller Ms. Barbara Murray Ms. Jan Nicholson Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Pomerantz Mr. Robert M. Pyle, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Round Mrs. Cynthia Samson Birney Ms. Holly Sethness The Short Hills Garden Club Mr. and Mrs. W. Snow Mr. and Mrs. John Snyder Mr. and Mrs. James Weill James and Virginia Welch Foundation Mr. and Mrs. James O. Welch, Jr. John and Simon Westfall-Kwong

$100 to $249 Mr. Charles Abut Mr. and Mrs. Soori Ahamparam Ms. Shirley Aidekman-Kay Mr. and Mrs. B. Anderson Ms. Harriet Appel Mr. and Mrs. Claire Asarnow Ms. Rachel Astalos Renee W. Averbach Ms. Stephanie Badalamenti Ms. Margaret Baggaley Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bambara Matt and Jennifer Barba Ms. Rachel Barry Mr. Louis Bauer Ms. Shirley Bauer Ms. Inez Bershad Ms. Cynthia Biber Tom and Joanne Bintinger Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. Bliss Mr. and Mrs. Hal Braff Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Brown


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C. Austin Buck Mr. and Mrs. Miller Bugliari Dr. Stephen and Marianne Busby The Honorable and Mrs. Brendan Byrne Ms. Kathryn Byrnes Jim and Heather Cadranell Mr. and Mrs. Curt Cariddi Ms. Sallie Carothers Ms. Erendira Casella Ms. Lancey Clough Ms. Helen D. Coen Mr. and Mrs. John Collins Ms. Karen Cummins Ms. Joan Daeschler Mr. John Dalton Ms. Ada Day Mr. Ronald T. De Blis Mrs. Lyal Dean Mr. and Mrs. Michael DeVirgilio Mr. and Mrs. Eric J. Dilone Ms. Neena Dosanj-Mikkelsen Dr. Michael Eglow Mrs. Ursula Enderlin Ms. Margaret Eng Ms. Christine Ertle Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Feder Ms. Deborah Frank Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fratello Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Mr. Robert Frenkel Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Friedman Mr. James Garrahan Mr. Travis Gering and Ms. Barbara Salz Perry and Carolyn Gittelson Mr. J. Scott Glascock Ms. Sally Golding Ms. Cheryl Goldring Ms. Caroline Gosselin Adam Grace and Lisanne Renner

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Ms. Nancy Greene Angela and Ned Griefen Mr. and Mrs. August Grove Ms. Michelle Gudema and Mr. Ron Marx Mr. Matthew Gundy Mr. John Haley and Ms. Linda Landy Ms. Melissa Hames Mr. Sam Hamill Mr. and Mrs. L. Haonip Ms. Nina Hoban Mr. Matthew Horn Ms. Jordana Horn Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howe Mr. and Mrs. Richard Howe Mr. and Mrs. Bas Innemee Ms. Katherine Innis Dr. Richard Inwood Mr. and Mrs. Robert Iommazzo Ms. Cynthia Jacobson Dr. Michael Jaffe Mr. Wayne Jahns Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Jernow Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Joseph Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kalmanek Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Katz Meredith Kieser Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keyles Mr. and Mrs. David Klein Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klemme Bhasini Kongsamut Mr. Scott Koniecko Robert I. Kopech and Michelle E. Frabizio Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kralingen Ms. Joan Kram Ms. Peggy Krementz Ms. Fran Kurtis Ms. Hilary Lafferty Ms. Teresa Lane Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Larson

Ms. Janetta Lee Mrs. Laurie Levey Ms. Tongxin Li Ms. Tricia Lister Ms. Melissa Litwin Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Lopes Mr. Ben Lopiccolo Ruth & Malcolm Macpherson Ms. Jonnae Maggio Lynn and Scott Magrane Mr. Joseph Mainiero Ms. Diane Mammon Mr. and Mrs. Paul Manzi Ms. Sue Marcus Ms. Amelia McGovern Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McLaughlin Mr. and Mrs. J. McTernan Mr. and Mrs. B. Mechery Mr. John Merimee Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miggins Ms. Cindy Miller Norman and Carol Miller Mr. and Mrs. James Morreale Mr. Robert Morrison Ms. Tamsin Morrison Mr. Neil Moylan Heidi and Christopher Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murphy Sarah L. Nolin Dr. A. Michael Noll Mr. Karen O’Connell Mr. and Mrs. Edward O’Connell-Duggan Ms. Susan Olsen Ms. Margot O’Neill Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Osur Drs. Ron Papka and Rebecca Eienberg Papka Ms. Bianli Patel Carol and Tom Phelan Mr. and Mrs. Marc Pinto

Mr. Ian Qiu Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Quartell Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Quinn Prathibha Ramanathan Mr. Richard Reilly and Ms. Carisa Whittall Ms. Jennifer Richter Mr. and Mrs. Russell D. Robertson Rolling Hills Garden Club Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rosenbaum Ms. Susan Rowe Mr. and Mrs. John Rudder Alyssa and Orazio Russo Ms. Joan Ryder Mr. and Mrs. C. Sagorin Ms. Sutapa Sahay Mr. and Mrs. John Santoro Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Saudino Mr. and Mrs. William K. Sawyer Mr. Greg Schaumburg Ms. Lisa Schwartz Ms. Alexa Scordato Ms. Linda Seelbach Mr. Bruce Shapiro Mr. and Mrs. S. Sharma Ms. Brenda Fiala and Mr. Philip Shaw Mr. Erik Sheehan Leslie Shulman Mr. Johnathan Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Louis Solimine Mr. and Mrs. Richard Soper Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Sprung Mrs. Charlotte Stifel Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Stone Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stuart Stuart Family Fund Mr. Marco P. Stufano Mrs. Carolyn Summers and Mr. David Brittenham Ms. Anne Sutton

Dr. Arnold Saslow Ms. Daryl Savage Ms. Barbara Schneider Ms. Eilene Shauger Mr. David Shefter Ms. Yolanda Silverio Ms. Elise Silverman Ms. Celine Perle Sinaw Ms. Dilys F. So Ms. Patrica Swan Ms. Heidi Swanson Mr. and Mrs. Thayer Talcott, Jr. Ms. Kimberly Taylor Ms. Claudia Thornton Ms. Darcy Tierney Barbara VanDoren Mrs. Nathan Vanmeter Hendricks III Ms. Marilyn Vanorden Dr. Edith Wallace Ms. Joan Walsh Ms. Brooks Wilson The Window Box MG LTD Ms. Joy Yagid

Mr. and Mrs. John Swindell Ms. Pamela Szabo Mr. and Mrs. J. Donald Tansey Mr. and Mrs. Macauley Taylor Ms. Patrica Thornton Tillotson Design Associates, Inc. Ms. L. Gaye Torrance Mr. and Mrs. S. Gilmer Towell Mr. and Mrs. John Trask Mr. and Mrs. R. Charles Tschampion Ms. Barbara Underhill Mr. and Mrs. John Valickas Ms. Barbara Vanderfleet Ms. Renee Wainberg-Averbach Ms. Jane Weisenstein Ellen and Larry Weiss Mr. and Mrs. Josh Weston White Boylan Family Fund Ms. Margaret Whiting Ms. Patricia A. Wiley and Ms. Wendy Muller Ms. Jeanne Will Drs. John and Tina Williams Ms. Beverly Williams Mr. David Williams Ms. Ione Wilsmann Mr. David Wise Ms. Ann Wiss Mr. Don Wiss Ms. Donez Xiques Mr. and Mrs. John E. Yingling, Jr. Xiaoluo Yuan Ms. Felice Zalk Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zawislak Mr. and Mrs. John Zweig

Under $100 Ms. Patrica Angus Anonymous Ms. Elizabeth Antoine Ms. Miriam Belov Ms. Marie Bennett Ms. Lynne Blaesser Ms. Joanne Blondin Mr. Jeremy Bondy Mr. Sherman Brewer Dr. Melissa Brown Mr. Steven Brown Ms. Susan Callahan Ms. Linda Carrington Mrs. Gayle Chamberlin Hoyt Mr. Elgie O. Chaney, Jr. The Reverend Sheelagh Clarke Ms. Jodi B. Cooperman Mr. David Corcoran Ms. Carol Crawford Ms. Amy Dahn Mrs. Anne R. Dean Ms. Ruth Dobrowski Ms. Betty Dougherty Ms. Nancy duBusc Mr. Geoffrey Dunham Mr. Tyler Eick Ms. Julianne Eller Ms. Suzanne Fast Ms. Kathleen G. Fiore

Gifts in Kind

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First Impression Cleaning Mr. Alan Fisher Ms. Jane Folger Marianna M. Frerecks Ms. Jane Gaetner Mr. David Garbowit Ms. Erica Goldring Ms. Naomi Gruer Mrs. Geralyn Hagemann Ms. Susan Haig Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hartman Mr. Dennis Hillerud Ms. Elizabeth Hite Vollavanh Mrs. Amy Howard Ms. June Kalajian Ms. Karen Kaplan Ms. Rita L. Katz Ms. Lynne Katz Ms. Randy Keenan Ms. Lillian Kirch Ms. Emelyn Kirkland Ms. Susan Kogan Mrs. Theodor Kundtz Mr. Salvatore Lagattuta Ms. Dianne M. Larkin Ms. Elise Leonard Ms. E. Betty Levin Ms. Laura Levine Ms. Anne Levison Ms. Julie Liepold Ms. Beth Lipman

Ms. Alina Lisak Ms. Maria M. Lupo Mrs. Bedford Lydon Ms. Jennifer MacAfee Ms. Stephanie Mallios Ms. Gail R. Marentette Ms. Kathryn Marino Ms. Jill Marshall Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McClanahan, Jr. Ms. Margery Mellman Ms. Margaret N. Meyer Mrs. Herman D. Michels Ms. Nancy Mortimer Silas R. Mountsier III Patricia Nance Dara Near Ms. Mary Carol Nostrand Mr. Robert Ohlerking Ms. Ann Ortolano Ms. Holly Palma Ms. Gloria Pasquale Mr. Roger F. Pasquier Ms. Carol Paster Ms. Beth Placke Mr. and Mrs. David Proud Ms. Ann Reynolds Ms. Sharon Richman Mrs. Oren Root Mr. Daniel Rosenberg Mr. Randy Samuels

Basilico’s Restaurant Chocolate Works E.V.O. Delicacies The Farm at Green Village Mrs. Judith S. Gibson Kings Cooking Studio La Cucina di Clemenza Restaurant Ms. Carlotta Lane Paper Mill Playhouse Mr. Oscar Peterson Philly Pretzel Plume Studio Roosters Mens Grooming Salon Ms. Linda Rubin Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sanborn Shenanigans Toys Ms. Judith Tankard

Tributes In honor of Lezette Proud Ms. Marilyn VanOrden In memory of Ellen Stover Eddy Mr. and Mrs. James C. Kellogg Ms. Hillary Lafferty In memory of Gerry McGinley Mrs. Patricia McGinley

Event Sponsors Investors Bank James Weill & Associates Millburn Short Hills Art Advisory Committee Millburn Short Hills Historical Society Ms. Michelle Miller New Frontier Marketing Mr. Andrew Permison Priddy Learning Academy Print Media Stone Mountain Management Corp Victoria Carter Team


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The Founders’ Statement:

A Foundation for Greenwood’s Strategic Plan Any strategic plan to guide Greenwood’s future starts with Peter and Sofia Blanchard’s original vision. When they decided to donate Peter’s family estate and transition it into a public garden, they rolled up their sleeves and built a team to preserve and grow this special place. The founders’ statement, a document developed by Peter and Sofia, will guide our planning process. Here is a section of the statement that speaks to their hopes for Greenwood. “Greenwood Gardens’ essential role is to be a world apart. Greenwood’s isolation from an overbuilt, technologically dependent and highly stressful modern-day world is one of the greatest gifts the gardens have to offer. It is the Founders’ wish that the tranquility, peace and remoteness of Greenwood be maintained and safeguarded in order to give visitors free rein to experience and enjoy nature—both wild and cultivated—and to ponder mankind’s relationship with and responsibility for the natural world. Greenwood has an enormous potential to serve as an oasis, a sanctuary and a place for healing and contemplation”. We are fortunate to be able to work with our founders to determine the best path forward. We deeply appreciate your support along the way.

Marco Polo Stufano continued from page 4 could be built and the possibilities for creating an encyclopedia of plants from the region. For a moment, these thoughts led to “If only I were 30 years younger!” He found a way to join us as a member of our board of trustees. This year, Marco received the coveted Veitch Memorial Award from the Royal Horticultural Society in England. He joins the ranks of Liberty Hyde Bailey, the world renowned botanist, and Charles Sprague Sargent, first director of the Arnold Arboretum. Only nine or ten Americans have received this tremendous honor, and it aptly recognizes Stufano’s remarkable accomplishments in horticulture. When asked why public gardens matter, Stufano responded, “for beauty and education”. His favorite garden visitor is one who carries a notebook and is curious to learn about plants. His advice for young people? “Follow your heart. I feel very fortunate to have had a life doing what I love”. Marco’s mother must be looking down, smiling, thinking about her son who brought so much forward by going “back to the farm”.




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Photo courtesy of Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc.

A New Plant Home Thanks to a generous donation from member Patti Donovan, a new hoop house is being constructed this spring. The hoop house will enable us to grow and protect plants in winter. Rich Murphy and Lucas Ferreira prepared the site (see photos) next to the potting shed. photos by Richard Murphy

Please Visit Our Website and Take a Brief Survey As you may know, Greenwood Gardens is developing a strategic plan to guide its development over the next 5–10 years. To better understand our patrons, we ask you to take ten minutes to answer seven questions. This information will help us plan a sustainable future for Greenwood Gardens and enhance experiences for you, our members and visitors. Everyone who completes the survey and provides their email address will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate at a local nursery. If you have any questions or desire additional information about our planning effort, please contact Liz Johnson, Executive Director, at (973) 258-4026 or email: Thank you for helping us include your opinions as we plan for the future. To access the survey, please go to our website at www. Thanks so much for helping us better understand your preferences.

Greenwood Gardens Bird Walks Thursdays, April 7, May 5 and June 2 8:00–11:00 a.m. Birding tour of Greenwood Gardens and South Mountain Reservation with Dave Hall, NJ Audubon naturalist. Learn to identify some of the many fascinating birds that visit Greenwood, either as residents or migratory species. Explore several habitats including hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows. Venture into South Mountain Reservation to see who is stopping over. $10 members; $12 nonmembers. Registration required.

Cell Phone Photography for Everyone Sunday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22,10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come learn in a beautiful garden setting how to use the camera you carry with you. Joy Yagid, local professional photographer, will cover lighting, composition and proper handling of the camera. Learn to edit images; backup & printing solutions; and to ‘see’ without the camera by learning to be present in the moment. Bring your fully charged phone (iPhone, Android or Windows), with enough memory to add photos. Download Snapseed app prior to class. Class comes with free email tech support. $50 members; $60 non-members. Registration required.

Conifers of Greenwood Tuesday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Have you wondered which evergreen tree is a spruce or a pine? Or why these trees hold their needles throughout the year? Join Greenwood Gardens’ Peter P. Blanchard III, founder and naturalist, for a walk focusing on conifers—their identification, biology and role in the ecosystems of garden and wilderness. Become evergreen in mind and heart! $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

Opening Day at Greenwood Sunday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us to celebrate the start of our fourth season! Stroll the grounds, enjoy the views. Cookies and ice tea, and music in the garden from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free to members and children under 12; $10 nonmembers; $5 seniors (65+) and students with ID. Registration not required.

2016 Spring/Summer Programs

Greenwood Gardens: Rebirth of a Private Estate as a Public Place Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Millburn Public Library This is a unique opportunity to hear the story of Greenwood Gardens from one of its founders, Sofia Blanchard. Sofia will tell the story of Greenwood Gardens, its history overlooking the Watchung Mountains, unique Arts and Crafts features and follies, and remarkable transition from private to beloved public garden with the help of the Garden Conservancy. Refreshments served. Free admission. Registration requested.

National Public Gardens Day Friday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Celebrate “National Public Gardens Day” with free admission to Greenwood Gardens. Spend the afternoon strolling the gardens and enjoying the profusion of spring flowers. A selection of plants and herbs will be for sale—just in time for Mother’s Day! Free admission. Registration not required.

Garden Conservancy Open Days Saturdays: May 7, May 21, September 10 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This family-friendly event is a special opportunity for visitors to experience Greenwood Gardens. Explore the historic landscape, Tea House, formal terraces, and meet our Tennessee Fainting Goats. Refreshments will be served on the East Terrace with a fabulous view of the 2,110 acre South Mountain Reservation. Plants available for purchase. Free to members; $10 non-members. Registration not required.

The Magic of Herbs Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This workshop will explore a versatile array of herbs that can be successfully grown in your garden. Learn how to incorporate herbs into your summer meals and explore how they can be made into herbal butters, pesto, tasty vinegars and soothing teas with Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture. Techniques for growing, harvesting and storing herbs will be covered. Herb plants will be available for purchase. $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

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Mother’s Day at Greenwood Sunday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring that special someone to Greenwood for a morning or afternoon stroll amidst the spring flowers. Enjoy our spectacular setting and music from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free to members and children under 12; $10 non-members; $5 seniors (65+) and students with ID. Registration not required.

Sunset Walk in the Great Swamp Tuesday, May 10 at 5:45 p.m. at the Green Village Deli parking lot, Green Village, NJ Join our founder Peter P. Blanchard III, Greenwood’s founder and naturalist, for a sunset walk in The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (the Wilderness Areas near Green Village). Gather at the trailhead an hour before sunset to experience the magical sights, sounds and smells of gathering dusk in a primordial landscape and site of one of the most key conservation victories in New Jersey. The trip will end with a light supper at Café Beethoven in Chatham for those interested. Tour begins promptly at 5:45 p.m. Call for reservations and pricing.

Twilight Tours Tuesdays: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Twilight in the Garden is a magical time. Enjoy wine and cheese on the East Terrace and a guided walk through the gardens. $5 members; $10 non-members. Registration required.

What’s in Bloom Tour Saturday, May 21 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn to identify what’s in bloom and about the horticultural projects Greenwood is undertaking in 2016 with Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture while enjoying the beauty and fragrance of spring flowers in the garden. Free to members; $10 non-members. Registration required.

Please register at or by calling 973-258-4026.

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Greenwood Gardens En Plein Air Painting Days Wednesdays, May 11 and June 8 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join the New Jersey Society of En Plein Air artists for an afternoon of painting “in the open air”. All artists welcome! Watercolors only, please bring drop cloth. Free admission. Registration required.

Discovering Peace and Delight in Journaling Tuesday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. An introduction to keeping a field journal with Peter P. Blanchard, III, Greenwood’s founder and naturalist. Develop your creativity by connecting with nature through drawings, sketches and written entries. Examples of excellent and historic journals will be presented. Exercises in the field will follow and will help to liberate the journalist—the latent, deep observer of the natural world—in everyone. Materials will be provided. $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

Behind the Scenes at Greenwood Thursday, June 2, at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Learn what it really takes to restore and maintain an old estate and transform it into a public garden with Richard Murphy, Director of Facilities. Gain insight into the restoration process, including steps taken to restore Greenwood’s historic buildings and rebuilt landscape features. $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

Photography in the Garden for dSLR’s Hands on Learning Sunday, June 5, at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Did you get a dSLR for the holiday? Do you have one that’s been sitting around because it was too complicated to learn, so you shoot Auto? And why carry around a big camera, when you can shoot auto on your phone? You know you should give it a go, but have no idea where to start? Well, this is your class. You will develop technical and artistic skills with Joy Yagid, local professional photographer. Class includes free email tech support. $50 members; $60 non-members. Registration required.

Annual Jazz Picnic Saturday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Rain date June 18) Enjoy jazz and your own picnic with a fabulous view of South Mountain

2016 Spring/Summer Programs

Reservation. This “must-attend” event at Greenwood is always a favorite! Greenwood provides desert and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets will go fast —reserve your spot now! Free to members, $20 non-members. Registration required by Monday, June 6.

Creative Writing Using Nature as Inspiration Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. This workshop in the Gardens with Peter P. Blanchard, III, founder and naturalist, will include techniques to unlock the creative process and to provide opportunities to capture personal responses to the natural world around us. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Registration required.

Woodworking Demonstration Monday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn how to repair and restore old wood windows. Lucas Ferreira, Facilities Assistant and restoration carpenter, will demonstrate how easy it is to replace broken panes of glass yourself and get professional results. Join Lucas to learn about this lost art. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Registration required.

The Art of Ikebana Tuesday, June 21 at 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Learn the art of Japanese flower arranging, a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together with Ikebana expert, Pat Kettenring. Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a multicolored arrangement of blooms, Ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line, and form. Includes materials and a reusable “pinholder”. Bring flat container (floral vase), shears, apron (optional). Containers available to purchase if needed. $65 members, $75 non-members. Registration required. Limited to 10 students.

Historic Arts and Architecture at Greenwood Thursday, June 23, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Explore the fascinating decorative arts, architecture, and history of the gardens with Matthew Gundy, Director of Administration and historic preservationist. Many of Greenwood Gardens’ structures are ornamented with 1920s Arts and Crafts tiles from the Rookwood and Fulper Pottery companies.

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Learn about the artists, designers, and families who influenced the historic landscape at Greenwood Gardens. $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

Suburban Trees and Their Challenges Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will travel by van with Peter P. Blanchard, III, founder and naturalist, to meet up with Tom Doty, Millburn Township’s forester, at locations in Millburn and Short Hills. Tom will share specific challenges facing trees in suburban environments. A visit to a few of the Township’s champion trees might also be in order. $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

Experience Your Personal Oasis with Tips and Tools to Cultivate Your Inner Calm Wednesday, June 29 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Do you often feel stressed? Have you wondered how some people are able to keep calm in the midst of life’s chaos? In the beauty of Greenwood Gardens, join experts Miriam Belov, MAT, RMT and Melissa Brown, MD, CPC in this 2 hour mind, body, and spirit workshop. Cultivate your inner oasis with specific strategies to cope with everyday life. $10 members; $20 non-members. Registration required.

Un-BEE-lieveable Bees, Butterflies and Birds Saturday, July 23, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A special event for children of all ages! Chirp on over to Greenwood for a fun and educational afternoon. Learn about honeybees, butterflies and local birds from experts. Make a bird feeder, have lunch and other surprises. Check the website in June for full details. Free to members and children under 12; $10 non-members; $5 seniors (65+) and students with ID. Registration not required.

Please register at or by calling 973-258-4026.

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Join Greenwood’s ‘Green Team’

Membership Matters!

Greenwood Gardens offers a unique experience to volunteers who enjoy gardening. The Wednesday morning ‘Green Team’ begins work (weather permitting) at 9 a.m. and individuals work for 1–3 hours in formal gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas. Work activities include general garden maintenance, planting container displays and occasional greenhouse work. The volunteers will be assisting the horticulture staff with planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching and working on special projects.

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The Green Team is open to all ages and levels of experience. This volunteer activity is a great way to relax in a beautiful garden and enjoy the company of a good-humored group of individuals. Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven, will be offering basic instruction along the way. Please call 973-258-4026 or email Sonia at sonia@ for more information on the ‘Green Team’.

photo by Richard Murphy

As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generous support of the public through memberships and gifts. These funds directly support operations, programs and care of the gardens. Are you member? Do you know friends, family, colleagues that would enjoy being members? Please help us build our membership base. The more members we have, the stronger Greenwood becomes. Call us to learn more about your benefits and all Greenwood has to offer. Here are some of the benefits of annual membership: • Free admission during our regular hours • Invitations to special members-only events and programs • Advance notice of and discounted tickets to programs, workshops, and other events • Acknowledgment of your generous support in the spring edition of Greenwood News • Reciprocal benefits at more than 300 participating gardens and arboreta nationwide through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program • A subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine Give the gift of membership to friends and family! Help to ensure the future of Greenwood and enjoy the benefits of a tax-deductible contribution. Become involved and feel great about helping to preserve this unique public treasure. Please complete the form below, or call 973-258-4026, ext. 10 for more information.

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Greenwood Gardens is a public garden and historic site preserving and enhancing its gardens, architecture, and landscape for the education and delight of the public.

Plan your visit now! Gener al admission Hours:

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Gardens are open from May 1 to November 15, 2016.


A Garden Path to Nature and the Past

Peter P. Blanchard III

Greenwood: A Garden Path to Nature and the Past will be available for purchase at Greenwood Gardens May 2016. We are delighted to announce the publication of Greenwood founder Peter P. Blanchard III’s new book, Greenwood: A Garden Path to Nature and the Past. Filled with vintage and contemporary photographs, Peter shares a brief history of this extraordinary place of natural beauty and the two families who shaped the garden and architecture we see today.