Greenwood Gardens Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Volunteers At Greenwood: A Force Of Nature


It is well known that volunteers are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations. They provide in-kind services that would otherwise require direct funding and also free up staff’s ability to fulfill organizational missions. Nowhere is the help of volunteers more evident or more valued than at Greenwood, where the Green Team, docents, and volunteers provide help with the garden, visitor services, KATIE & MARK BLISS Volunteers administrative needs and in countless other ways. “Greenwood is incredibly fortunate to have access to the dedicated efforts of wonderful volunteers. We consider them members of the extended Greenwood family and we are so grateful for their unwavering support,” said Stephanie Murphy, Manager of Programs and Public Engagement. From the very beginning, thanks to Trustee and Green Team founder, Lezette Proud, a loyal band of volunteer gardeners has worked side by side with our horticulture staff, helping to remove brambles and weeds, clearing the way for fresh plantings that continue to enhance and enliven all of Greenwood. “I am always so excited to work with Sonia (Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture) to keep the gardens in shape and ready for the new season,” says Lezette. For other steadfast volunteers like Katie and Mark Bliss, “We like the feeling of contributing by helping on such projects as planting the entrance circle, rejuvenating boxwood and creating a hellebore border. We get a bit of a thrill every time we walk by the areas where we hope we’ve made a difference.” LEZETTE PROUD Since opening our gates to the public, many other dedicated Volunteer helpers have shared a vast array of skills and knowledge that have ensured staff can carry out Greenwood’s mission “to connect people with nature in an historic garden oasis.” Our trained docents dedicate several hours each month to serving Greenwood guests by leading tours, sharing the story of this unique garden that was once a private estate, and assisting with the planning and production of educational programs and special events. “We thoroughly enjoy touring guests around the garden,” say Vicki and Steve Sanborn, longtime Greenwood members, supporters and docents. “We find that visitors express deep interest in the gardens, the history and the organization overall. continued on next page

NEW THIS SEASON: ADELAIDE’S Outdoor Seating in our East Pavilion offering Coffee and Snacks for Sale to Support Greenwood’s Operations

Short Hills was hit hard by winter’s ferocious storms. Downed trees, broken limbs and branches and crushed hedges, shrubs and fences are among the damages to Greenwood Gardens. Based on the professional assessment of our tree expert, we are delaying Member’s Preview Day and Opening Day until complete clean-up and pruning can take place. Please check for daily updates on when we will open for visitation and our ongoing programs.

Patti Donovan Donation Inaugurates the Grow Greenwood Fund


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Founder’s Letter 3 Executive Director’s Letter 3 Our Generous Supporters 4 Staff News 7 Storm Damage 7 Vines in the Garden 8 2018 Programs 9 Adelaide’s Café 12 House Beautiful 12 Snippets 13 Membership Matters 15

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Board of Trustees Elaine Becker Peter P. Blanchard III Sofia Blanchard Tim Hartman Henry P. Johnson Cynnie Kellogg Louise Moos Andrew Permison Lezette G. Proud 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 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.


Volunteering at Greenwood is such a fulfilling experience for us.” Many other highly skilled volunteers work behind the scenes accomplishing essential administrative tasks for and alongside Greenwood staff. Joan Borneman keeps us tidy and organized in our busy office. Ceil Maher reports in three hours a week to help answer telephones and complete general office tasks. Barbara Ciavarella heads up our membership acquisition initiative and promotes Greenwood at offsite events, along with Nina Hoban. Many of our volunteers have joined committees to help plan and execute our VICKI & STEVE SANBORN large events Volunteers like Bees, Birds and Butterflies and The History and Harvest Celebration. Dilys So was

instrumental in the creation of our first Chinese Cultural Evening. Greenwood recognizes the longtime efforts of Green STEPHANIE MURPHY Mgr. of Programs and Team volunteer, Public Engagement Hollace Bowers, who recently re-located to the South. Each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our volunteers. At our special endof-season luncheon, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Peter Blanchard expresses his gratitude to all the volunteers for their help. Thank you to all who volunteer with us!


Interested in Volunteering? Call 973-258-4026 or write to info@

Patti Donovan Inaugurates the Grow Greenwood Fund continued from page one Short Hills resident Patti Donovan, a long-time Greenwood friend and supporter, has inaugurated our newly named Grow Greenwood Fund with a $25,000 gift. The Fund sustains Greenwood’s year-round operations, above and beyond membership in our organization, making it possible for us to maintain our gardens, make structural repairs, and offer programs in horticulture, conservation, history and the arts. “I love Greenwood Gardens which has given me great pleasure over the years,” says Patti, who is also an inaugural member of the Greenwood Advisory Board. “I know how important unrestricted support is to nonprofits and I am gratified to make this contribution to Greenwood’s future,”

she says. Over the years, Patti’s generous support has been applied to such important projects as the hoop house, which enables us to overwinter our plant collection. Patti also supports Greenwood’s need for garden machinery and tree surgery. Her love of the performing arts (she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC) even led her to donate tickets to a recent Laura Benanti concert at SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center) to raise funds for Greenwood. If you would like to contribute to the Grow Greenwood Fund or learn more, please contact Abby O’Neill, Executive Director, at 973-258-4026, ext. 20 or by email at

Letter from Peter P. Blanchard III Chairman, Board of Trustees PHOTO: JOY YAGID

“Irrepressible” is a byword for the ongoing season of light and unfolding. The arrival of Spring and the flourishing of a garden run parallel in many ways.

While gardens are irrepressible to varying degrees, seasonal change is impossible to restrain. As March edges into April, we know from experience that the proverbial lamb may not always appear on cue; the lion continues roaring. Plummeting temperatures and a blustery nor’easter with sleet and even snow, however, cannot hold back the seasonal progression. Regardless of temperature, the response of animals and plants to longer days and shorter nights is the key to inevitable changes. These changes are evidenced by hormonal shifts, which lead to bird song, mating and nest building. In the plant kingdom, these changes are revealed by the unfolding of bud, leaf and flower. Thankfully, the predictable, time-honored progression of Greenwood’s snowbells, jonquils, tulips, lilacs and crab apples cannot be denied for long.

wood will have a delayed opening this year. Sofia and I hope that Greenwood is irrepressible in its own way as it becomes more and more self-sustaining as a non-profit organization. Only when the public, both near and far - in Millburn/Short Hills and in the Greater Metropolitan area - learn about and become committed to the organization, can it survive and thrive in the long run. Each volunteer hour spent weeding in a flower bed, planting tulip bulbs, or welcoming and guiding visitors brings us closer to success. The dedication and generosity of members and friends is of inestimable value. True to the season, Greenwood is also springing ahead, thanks to its spirited staff and board and to the leadership of Abby O’Neill, our new Executive Director. Come revel with us as soon as we open to celebrate the Gardens, which date back some 105 years. In large measure, this lovely place has withstood the assaults of time and progress; it serves as an island of tranquility in a frenzied age. Happy Spring!

After months of relative quiescence interspersed with periods of deep cold and a series of n’oreasters, Green-

Letter from Abby O’Neill Executive Director Dear Friends,


The past five months as the new Executive Director of Greenwood Gardens have been some of the most exhilarating I’ve experienced! No two days are alike and can run the gamut from visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with our Founder and Board Chairman, Peter Blanchard; joining Founder Sofia Blanchard at lunch with a donor; touring our snow-covered grounds with Deputy Director Rich Murphy; finalizing the new budget with Director of Finance Stephanie Miller; or working on new volunteer brochures with Stephanie Murphy, Manager of Programs and Public Engagement. It has been a privilege getting to know Peter and Sofia, the entire Board of Trustees, and a truly dedicated staff that works non-stop.

ning, historic garden oasis. For such a place to flourish amidst a hectic world, we must continue to establish and nurture lasting ties with a community of stakeholders who value our mission. It is therefore our pleasure to recognize the generosity of all those supporters, listed in this issue, who contributed to our efforts in 2017. We’re also pleased to announce the new name of our annual fund, the Grow Greenwood Fund, and hope you’ll consider a donation this year, as long-time supporter Patti Donovan has done. I look forward to seeing you at Greenwood Gardens this season!

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Our Generous Supporters Greenwood Gardens thanks the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies for their generous support during 2017. The following list acknowledges all gifts received, including unrestricted, restricted, and gifts in-kind.

$500,000 & up Anonymous The Dendroica Foundation

Arthur T. Vanderbilt II Diane and Robert Wong Kathy and Carl Woodward Judy and Kenneth Yarnell

Eq DJoyce and Jerrold Bertner

$100,000 & up Sofia and Peter P. Blanchard III

$25,000 & up Patti Donovan Cynnie and Peter Kellogg

$10,000 & up Kathleen and Theodore Bourke Helen Clay Frick Foundation Patricia McGinley Louise and Edward Moos Peg and Gary Shilling Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation

$5,000 & up Maureen Ogden Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent

$1,000 & up Elizabeth Anton Jane and James E. Barrett, Jr. Mary Lou and Arthur Barry Inge Reuter and Vaclav Benes Anne and E. Freeman Bunn Jennifer A. Chalsty Barbara Kernan and David Ciavarella Paul Farhi Anne Louise Favorite Gislina and Richard H. Francis Mary Ellen and Gates H. Hawn Ann-Charlotte Krantz Sally and Howard Lepow Susan Lowry M&T Charitable Foundation Valerie Brackett and Nikolaos Monoyios Margot O’Neill Andrew Permison Mary and Howard Phipps Jr. Prudential Financial Inc. Lynne and Barry Rainieri Laura and Frederick Rhodes James M. Riley Vicki and Stephen Sanborn Short Hills Home Garden Club Astrid and Winston Sutter


$500 & up (2) Anonymous Elaine Becker Joan Borneman Hollace Bowers Corrine Amato and Nicholas Danzis John S. Eddy Stephanie and Michael Ferdman Garden Club of Somerset Hills Betse Gump Elizabeth and Richard Howe Cynthia Jacobson Elizabeth and Martin Johnson Jennifer and Anthony Leitner Peter Liu Cecelia Maher Stephanie Mallios Pamela Manice Abby and Rich O’Neill Justine O’Malley and Greg Outwater Robert A. Pfenning Cindy and Peter Phelan Lezette G. Proud Deborah and Russell Robertson Diane Genco and Eugene Schaefer Laura and Russell Schaible Rashmi Shrestha Anne Sidamon-Eristoff The Garden Club of Somerset Hills Jeanne and James Weill Virginia and James O. Welch Jr.

$250 & up Anonymous Air Group Barbara Baldwin Laraine Barach Cheryl Hargrove and John Bauser

Marjorie Billington Diane Brown Michael and Laurence Capone Gayle Chamberlain Hoyt Mary Ellen Conforti Unni L. Cooper Joan H. Daeschler Tom Ditosto Pip and Thomas Donahoe Julia Dorn Nancy Dougherty Anne and Stewart Dunn Feng Xiao Liu and Edward Fausty Sheilah Flynn Susan F. and John H. Ford Elaine and Childs Frick Burden Bruce Ginsberg Meredith and John Goyanes Linda Landy and John Haley Jessica and S. Alexander Haverstick Sally and Bruce Hillenbrand Nina Hoban Wendy and Andrew Jacobs Helen H. Miller and James L. Kerr Deana Lazaro Nancy and Gregory Leck Leslie Bryan and Charles Luce Lynn and Scott Magrane Leslie and Bruce Marsden Maria and Ian Mount Heidi and Christopher F. Murphy Jan Nicholson Christina and Edward O’Connell- Duggan Laura and Mark Packer George Petrello Marilyn and Hugo Pfaltz, Jr. Prudential Foundation Jason Pucci Robert M. Pyle, Jr. Elizabeth and Philip Renwick Eisner Elizabeth and Philip Round Sharon Wyse and David Satz Short Hills Garden Club Margaret and John Snyder Mary Clair Sonneman, South Mountain Nature School LLC Yvette and Marc Struwig Bridget O’Brien, SuperKids Ashley Fitzpatrick, Tamke Tree Experts, Inc. John and Simon Westfall-Kwong

Beverly Williams Debra Chudnow and David Wise

$100 & up Shirley Aidekman-Kaye Lydia E. Andersen Shannon Aronson Claire and Elliot Asarnow Rachel Astalos Mary Babiarz Stephanie and Moshe Baram Shirley and Stuart Bauer Amelia McGovern and Jess Berkowitz Jeannette and Imgard Bernstein Inez Bershad Joanne and Thomas P. Bintinger Katie and Mark Bliss Myung and David Bondy Mary Beth Boppert Lauren and Anthony Boyadjis Carolyn Summers and David Brittenham Melissa and David Brown Anthony J. Bugg-Levine Elizabeth and Miller Bugliari Andreas Buja Valerie and I. Townsend Burden, III Marianne and Stephen T. Busby Heather and James Cadranell Regina and Curt Cariddi Sallie Carothers Bonita E. Cater Elyse M. Carter Erendira Casella Helen Clay Chase Julie Chen

Mamie Tam and Michael Chen Sally Chubb Patti Manzi and Paul Ciraulo James Clark Mary Pat and Thomas Colicchio Karen Cummins John J. Dalton

Annette Davila Rosamay L. Davis Ada Day Amy and Fairfield P. Day III Ronald T. De Blis Ann P. R. Dean Nancy and Richard deBusc Miyuki and Christopher Dellarso Cathy Deutsch Holly Gauthier and Stuart Deutsch Kimberly and Michael DeVirgilio Michael Diamond Jamie and Jeff Dresner Louis Bauer and Ken Druse Ivan Ellia Heather Emelander Ursula Enderlin Christine Ertle

Anne Kehl Ilona Kennedy Terry Kennedy Molly Khona Emelyn Kirkland Ilene and David Klein Ann and Carl Klemme Susan Kogan Peter Kolonia Michelle E. Fabrizio and Robert Kopech Laura Koss Joan Kram Bob Krupskas Allegra and Robert Kuhl Salvatore Lagattuta Victoria and Douglas E. Larson Eric Lee Faith and Maurice Lefkort

Erwin Escarcha Nermin Eyuboglu Lynn Farscht Suzanne Fast Lynn and Richard W. Feder Gail and Jeffrey S. Ferrell Laura and Joseph Fratello Rodney Frelinghuysen Leslie and Marvin Gersho Scott Glauberg Cheryl Goldring Jordanna Horn-Gordon and Jon Gordon Melinda Gould Lisanne Renner and Adam Grace Margo Greene Patricia and Joseph Grusczynski Barbara Gruska Suzanne and Joseph Guariglia Matthew Guest Matthew Gundy Melissa Hames Stephen Hanselman Kathleen Harte Gilsenan Louise and Tim Hartman Sandra and Peter Helmer Amy Howard Karene Infranco Katherine Innis Ellen Moschel and Michael Jaffe Betty and Wayne R. Jahns Jane and Stanley Jernow Mary Heinen and Andrew Jones Hetty Joyce

Will Leland Laurie and Jerold Levey Alice Levine Laura Levine Anne Levison Tongxin Li Julie Liepold Melissa and Mark Litwin Bihan Zhu and Yukuang Liu Ming Wang and Jianwei Liu Maureen and Gregory Lombardi Lynn and Rudolph Lopes Carolyn and Bedford Lydon Diane Mammon Sue and Michael Marcus Rosemary Mattson Sarah and Robert C. McClanahan, Jr. Margery Mellman Kristen and John Merimee Zina Michajliczenko Cindy and Gary Miller Norman Miller Patricia and James Morreale Silas Mountsier III Neil Moylan Eileen Murphy Sandra Murphy Stephanie and Richard Murphy Sarah L. Nolin Michael Noll Rachel Moseson and Matthew Oikorics Gwynne Oosterbaan Judith and Ronald Osur

Rebecca and Ron Papka Leslie Parness Carol Paul Carol and Tom Phelan Maryann and Raymond Pietruszki Carol and Marc Pinto Janet and William A. Raisch Alexis Gubbay and Alex Ritter Robert Morrison and Joe H. Ruach Alex and Orazio Russo Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Clendenin Ryan Joan Ryder Madeline and Charles Sagorin Alma and Efren Santiago Darrell Sasso Elaine and Matthew Saudino Alpaslan Savas Rebecca and William K. Sawyer Lisa Schwartz Lindsay and Phil Scott Faisal Shaikh Jyoti Sharma Prathibha Ramanathan and Sandeep Sharma Richard B. Sher Albert Shikiar Joanna Shirin Leslie and Dean Shulman Lisa and Matthew Siracuse Regina and J.P. Smith Wallace Snow Eileen and Louis Solimine Delyle and Richard Soper Cynthia A. Galeota and Andrew Sprung Charlotte Stifel Jean and Robert Strickler Studio 1200 Marco P. Stufano Eileen Sullivan Marie and J. Donald Tansey Barbara and Enrique Tejerina Chiani Teng Patricia Thornton Suzanne and Robert Tillotson L. Gaye Torrance Juli and Gilmer Towell Adelaide F. Trafton Antonia and Charles Tschampion Franca Tutela Diane and Richard Van Orden Lionel P. Vargas

Danielle Voogt Kimberly and David Warco Leah and Paul Weeks Eileen and Larry Weiss Ellen Boylan and A. Dennis White Ione Wilsmann Ann Wiss Donald Wiss Caitlin Womersley Laying Wu Grace W. Yeo Nancy and John E. Yingling Jr. Lucy and Xiaoluo Yuan

Up to $99 Rudi Anggono Melanie and Jack Atkins Miriam Belov Andrew Bernosky Jane Bonner Abigail Boozan Deborah Bowman Anne Brandeis Jay Brandeis Katie and John Brandeis Victoria Brazell Virginia and Robert Burns Beth Burnstein Barbara Cappucci Paul Caron Linda Carrington Min Chou Jiang Chunhong William Ciaredello Ann Coleman Susan Covert Crescent Garden Design Maria and Jeffrey Dahlman Amy Dahn Deborah Damask Valerie D’Antonio Josephine and Ralph Davies Elisabeth Delafield Ruth Dobrowski Corrine Errico Karen Ferraro Jennifer Fischkoff Alan Fisher Claire Fitzsimmons Andrea Filippone and Eric Fleisher Allison Fox Mary Franklin Marianna M. Frerecks



Supporters (continued)

Gifts In Kind

Purba Ganguly Joseph Gardiner Elisabeth Ginsburg Paula Green Carol Gutman Geralyn and Richard Hagemann Donna Hall Judith Hazen Kathyrn and Vincent Heintz Fran and Edward Henig Linda Hrevnack Tammy Huang Lee Hutchinson Emily Hyans Kimberly Jamieson Alice Johansen Vicki Johnson Sarah Kalmanek Jan Kamper Lynne Z. Katz Mindy Knapp Alan Kuritsky Jeffrey Kuschner Dianne Larkin Bruno Lee Echo Liang Jane G. Lichtman Carol Lipman Maria M. Lupo Rosanne Luzarraga Diane Lynch Patricia A. Maguire Elizabeth Manley Robert McHugh Maureen McNulty Lisa Metzger Michelle Miller Nancy and Paul Mortimer Carolyn Mozes Alison Neal Mary Carol Nostrand Anthony O’Dwyer Brett Ollerenshaw John O’Neil Ej Paine Patricia Palma Ginny Panzer Beth Placke Evelyn Prather Robert Rahnenfuhrer Mary Rennie Kevin Rodgers Oren Root Daniel Rosenberg Ruth Ross Linda Rubin Daryl Savage Crystal Schenk Lianne Schoenwiesner Dana Schweinler


Miriam Belov Sofia and Peter P. Blanchard III Hollace Bowers Lara Allen Brett Melissa Brown Christ Church of Short Hills Ursula Enderlin Melina Gould Nina Hoban Debby Kaminsky Barbara Kernan Paul Leff Marta McDowell Madeline Moss Cindy Phelan Vicki and Steve Sanborn Siebert & Rice Regina Smith Dilys So Heidi Swanson The Farm at Green Village Arthur T. Vanderbilt II Joy Yagid Judy Yarnell

Bonnie Scweiner Caroline Seebohm Terri Seuss Elizabeth Shepherd Yolanda Silverio Ruth and Peter Simmons Celine Sinaw Mary-Ellen Skenyon Daica Skrobala Dilys F. So Marie Somers Michael Spar Rosalie Sposito Mary Steinberg Ann and Thayer Talcott, Jr. Kimberly E. Taylor Darcy Tierney Ann Tomea Barbara Joyce and Stephen Torpie

Rebecca Trafton Laura Usin-Verhoff Michelle Vames Marilyn Van Orden Kathy VanMeter Hendricks Holly Vegter Edith Wallace Judy Waller Joan Walsh Susan Driscoll,

Wednesday Morning Club Mary Whithed Lou Ann Woerner Henry Wood Jr. Donez Xiques Joy Yagid Deborah Yautz




Amani Mateen-Bradley is joining us for a second season this year as our Visitor Services Site Manager. Amani will greet you Thursday through Sunday from our opening day through November. Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center on your next visit to Greenwood.

Two of the four March nor’easters that swept across the Northeast caused considerable damage to trees throughout the gardens. Powerful winds brought down eight trees during the first storm. In combination with the accumulation of heavy, wet snow and strong winds during the second storm, a total of 20 trees were felled and multiple broken limbs still hang in the canopies. “We were fortunate that none of the buildings or garden features were impacted,” noted Rich Murphy, Greenwood’s Deputy Director. “While we have our work cut out for us in the coming weeks, it could have been much worse.” Rich, along with Head of Horticulture Sonia Uyterhoeven, Gardener Joan Mutascio, and Facilities Assistant Joaquin Febrero, continue working to clear debris left by the storms, along with local tree experts who we are calling on to assist with the removal of downed trees and broken “hangers” in the tree canopies.



Joaquin Febrero is our new Facilities Assistant. His primary responsibility is the care and maintenance of our historically significant cultural landscape and buildings. In addition to his work performing repairs and maintenance for all buildings, grounds, and equipment, Joaquin works closely with the Horticulture and Visitors Services staff.




Life’s Twists and Turns – Vines in the Garden By Sonia Uyterhoeven Head of Horticulture

Charles Darwin had a passionate desire to understand the “machinery of all living things.” In his compendium on The Movement and Habits of Climbing Plants (1875), Darwin studied the adaptive nature of vines. Climbing allowed vines to reach for light without having to grow a thick PHOTO: ERICA MOFFITT stem – in the economy of nature, climbing plants did not have to expend a great deal of energy to rise above other plants competing for light and air.

At Greenwood Gardens we do not favor one vine over another. We grow them all. While Darwin investigated the mechanics of the natural world, we delight in exploring its diversity. Our garden is full of climbers of every dimension – from the root climbing Japanese hydrangea vine (Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Roseum’) on the West Walk to the profusion of clematis that clamber up our boxwoods in the main axis of the garden (Clematis ‘Odoriba’, ‘Polish Spirit’ and Moonfleet™, to name a few). This year we are adding some interesting annual vines to our repertoire. We will be growing the cup and saucer vine (Cobea scandens) – a tendril climberwhich flourishes late in the season with exquisite large purple bell-shaped cups. We are excited to grow the intensely fragrant corkscrew vine (Vigna caracalla) for the first time. Thomas Jefferson referred to this twining vine as the ‘most beautiful bean in the world’. This heat-loving tropical blooms in late summer and into the fall in our region. In the edible realm we will be experimenting with growing an adorable climbing baby butternut squash and a colorful array of heirloom cherry tomatoes.

Darwin placed climbing plants into three categories: Twiners, Leaf Climbers, and Tendril Climbers (which included Root-Climbers). Twining plants such as beans and morning glories wrap their entire stem around a support structure. On a warm day, they can complete a rotation in two hours. Leaf climbers, such as clematis climb by hooking their leaves around a support. The leaf stalk wraps around a support within a few days. Tendril climbers (e.g. grapes, squash and sweet peas) wrap small thread-like shoots (tendrils) around the supporting structure. For the evolutionist, these observations led to the hypothesis that twiners were an ancient form of climbing plants since they needed to produce a long stem PHOTO: SONIA UYTERHOEVEN to wrap around their support, while tedril climbers were a more highly evolved form that expended less energy hoisting themselves up.

We have plenty of vines that will twine and climb their way into your hearts. Come take a closer look at our beautiful garden and watch how the displays evolve over the course of the season!

JOIN her Edible Herb Containers Workshop Create and take home your own container of delectable herbs and edible flowers. Friday, June 1st 10 a.m. to noon Register at $25 members/$30 non-members 8 GREENWOOD news


RE CU RRING P RO G RAM S Vinyassa Yoga Mondays: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Join Debby Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement, for outdoor yoga-in-the-garden! Whether you are a beginner or advanced Yogi, this class is sure to provide benefits to your health, flexibility and overall well-being. During inclement weather, classes will be held in the comfort of the Main House. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required. Must have a minimum of 10 participants to run this class. Plant Walks Monday, June 11; Wednesdays, July 18, August 22, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; September 12, October 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Learn to identify plants, trees, shrubs and flowers with Horticulture staff, Sonia Uyterhoeven and Joan Mutascio. They will discuss plant care, maintenance and more. Free to members; $5 nonmembers. Registration required. Twilight Tours Tuesdays, June 19, July 10, August 7, September 25, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. October 16, time TBD. Twilight is a magical time in the garden! Enjoy wine and cheese on the East Terrace at 6:00 p.m. and a guided walk through the gardens that begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. Rain or shine. $15 members; $20 non-members. Registration required. Bird Walks Thursdays June 7, September 6, October 4 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Join NJ Audubon Naturalist, Dave Hall, for a birding tour of Greenwood Gardens. Explore habitats of hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows and venture into South Mountain Reservation. Meet in Greenwood parking lot. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required.

APRIL Vinyassa Yoga Monday, April 23 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. See page details in Recurring Programs (left). Registration required. Backyard Bin Composting Saturday, April 28 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. What happens to all the green waste you generate in your kitchen? Backyard bin composting is a simple practice that will divert your organic waste from the trash and convert it into a nutrient-rich amendment to support your garden. Learn just how easy the process really is from Rene and Ellen, Co-Chairs of the Millburn Township Green Team, who provide guidance from beginning to end, and tips for along the way. $20 members; $25 non-members $25. Registration required. Vinyassa Yoga Monday, April 30 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. See page details in Recurring Programs (left). Registration required.

M AY Historical Overview of Greenwood Gardens Saturday, May 5 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Captivating lecture and slideshow with photos from the Day and Blanchard eras, Phase I Construction and pre-public garden. Listen to the story of how Greenwood came to be from founder and Chairman, Peter P. Blanchard III. Free for members, $10 non-members. Registration required.

welcome. Pens, markers and sketchbooks will be provided. $10 members; $15 nonmembers. Registration required. Rookwood: Art, Architecture and Art Pottery Talk & Walk with Ulysses Grant Dietz Sunday, May 20 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn the history and significance behind the marvelous collection of Greenwood Gardens’ Rookwood ceramic ornaments with Ulysses Grant Dietz, Interim CoDirector, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum. Then, take a walk outside to discover these magnificent artworks throughout the garden. Many “never-before-seen” Rookwood ceramics from Greenwood’s former buildings will be on display afterward in the Main House. Enjoy perusing these during a wine and cheese reception. $45 members $55 non-members. Registration required. Nature Writing with Greenwood Gardens Founder, Peter P. Blanchard III Saturday, May 26 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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. PHOTO: VICKI JOHNSON

Vinyassa Yoga Mondays: May 7, 14, 21 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. See page details in Recurring Programs (left). Registration required. Keeping a Nature Journal with Greenwood Gardens Founder, Peter P. Blanchard III Saturday, May 19 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Find peace, attain perspective and keep the world’s troubles at bay by capturing your thoughts and reactions to the natural world through writing and sketching. Beginners GREENWOOD news


2018 SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS Mini-Conference: Plight of the Pollinators & Beyond the Bloom Wednesday, May 30 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Session 1: 10:00 -11:30 a.m.: Plight of the Pollinators - Natives to the Rescue: Learn what “native plants” are, why pollinators need them and which plants pollinators depend on for their survival. 11:30-12:30 Lunch Session 2: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Beyond the Bloom: Go “beyond” seeing gardens as a collection of pretty flowers. Learn simple steps for turning your garden into a pollinator friendly habitat. $20 members; $25 non-members for each session; Choose one or both sessions. Lunch optional: $15. Registration required.

JUNE Edible Herbal Containers Friday, June 1 10:00 a.m. – Noon Create your own delectable herbal container with Greenwood’s Head of Horticulture, Sonia Uyterhoeven. Explore some common and uncommon herbs and exchange favorite recipes and tips for storing and preparing herbs. You will take home your own creative container of herbs and spring flowers that will be functional as well as beautiful. $25 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. Learn to Spot the Invaders with Peter P. Blanchard III Sunday, June 3 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A workshop that aides in identifying invasive plants threatening our ecosystems and native flora. A 1.5 hour walk in the Garden, Old Short Hills Park and South Mountain Reservation will bring us face to face with numerous invasive species. Recommended: sturdy shoes, long pants, insect and tick repellant, beverages. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required. Bird Walk Thursday, June 7 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. See page 9 for details. Registration required.


Cell Phone Photography Tuesday, June 12 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This class will enable you to improve your skills with the phone you use every day. Learn to take better pictures of family and friends, both portrait and action shots. Learn tips on storage and backup. Download SNAPSEED app prior to class and come with plenty of storage for taking photos. $45 members; $55 non-members. Registration required. Members Jazz Picnic Saturday, June 16 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Rain Date: Sunday June 17) Bring your own picnic, blanket, beverage and seating. Prizes given for the top 3 picnic displays! Greenwood supplies soft drinks and cupcakes. Music by BRiCK Quartet. Valet parking available to first 70 cars registered. $20 per person Greenwood Gardens members; Guests: $30 per person; Children under 12 free. Tickets go on sale May 16. This year’s Jazz Picnic is dedicated to the memory of the late former Governor Brendan T. Byrne and his wife Ruthi who together, have been responsible for bringing significant financial support to benefit Greenwood’s site and programs. A special tribute will include jazz renditions of popular show music that Governor Byrne so dearly enjoyed throughout his life. Registration a MUST, space is limited. Twilight Tour Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. See page 9 for details. Registration required. Celebrate Summer Solstice at Greenwood Thursday, June 21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Celebrate the first day of summer at Greenwood Gardens! Bring a picnic and relax on the Main Lawn until 6:00 p.m. Free to members and children under 12; $10 non-members; $5 seniors and students with ID.

dSLR photography Saturday, June 23 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Have a dSLR? This class is for you. Learn technical and artistic skills beyond the auto function with local professional photographer, Joy Yagid. Joy will teach you about your camera’s functions and ways to capture moments like a pro. Class comes with free email tech support. $50 members; $60 non-members. Registration required. Exploration of the Wilderness Areas in the Great Swamp with Greenwood Gardens Founder, Peter P. Blanchard III Sunday, June 24 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Rain Date: Monday, June 25) Enjoy the magnificent landscape of the refuge and learn about the major conservation effort that was required to save it from development into the fourth major airport in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Meet at Green Village Deli and car pool to the site. Recommended: binoculars, calf height waterproof boots, long pants, insect and tick repellant. $15 members; $20 non-members. Reservation required. En Plein Air Painters Wednesday, June 27 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 not required. Nature’s Wellness: Rejuvenate at Greenwood Gardens with Wellness Expert Miriam Belov, MAT, RMT Thursday June 28, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Do you often feel over stimulated by our modern day world? In the tranquility of our historic setting, join in this two hour retreat for mind, body and spirit. Learn powerful tools for healthier living as you connect to the Gardens’ soothing, healing energy under a full moon. $25 members; $35 non-members. Registration required.

J U L Y Twilight Tour Tuesday, July 10 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m See page 9 for details. Registration required.

2018 SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS Sculptures and Statues of Greenwood Gardens Thursday, July 12 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tour the Garden with Greenwood Gardens’ docents to learn the origins of and interesting details behind our collection of garden ornaments, sculptures and statues from both the Day and Blanchard eras. Enjoy a glass of wine during the walk. $10 members; $15 non-members. Registration required. Plant Walk Wednesday, July 18 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. See page 9 for details. Registration required.

A U G U S T Twilight Tour Tuesday August 7 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. See page 9 for details. Registration required. Plant Walk Wednesday August 22 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. See page 9 for details. Registration required.

COMING THIS FALL More programs, concerts and trips to come! Bird Walk Thursday, September 6

Bees, Birds & Butterflies Day Sunday, September 30

Garden Conservancy Open Day Saturday, September 8

Plant Walk Wednesday, October 3

Plant Walk Wednesday, September 12

Bird Walk Thursday, October 4

Canoeing Arctic Wilderness Lecture with Kathy & Carl Woodward Sunday, September 16

Performing Arts Special Event with Lyrica Sunday, October 7

Chinese Cultural Evening Sunday, September 23 Twilight Tour Tuesday, September 25

Twilight Tour Tuesday, October 16 A Historical Overview of Greenwood Gardens Thursday, October 25

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Don’t Miss Our Members’ Jazz Picnic Saturday, June 16 Back by popular demand, Greenwood Gardens will again host our annual Members’ Jazz Picnic for members and friends on June 16 (rain date June 17). We are thrilled to announce that this year, we will dedicate the picnic to the memory of the late former Governor Brendan T. Byrne and his wife Ruthi who together, have been responsible for bringing significant financial support to benefit Greenwood’s site and programs. A special tribute will include jazz renditions of popular show music that Governor Byrne so dearly enjoyed throughout his life. Registration for the Members’ Jazz Picnic will begin on May 16.

The late Governor Brendan T. Byrne and wife Ruthi at Veterans Courthouse in Newark, NJ. Photo: Abby O’Neill



Meet Me for Coffee at Adelaide’s By Sofia Blanchard, Founder and Trustee

Like everyone, I am longing for some Spring weather! By the time you are reading this, Spring will be in full bloom and you may have plans to meet a friend for coffee at Adelaide’s, our new café. Thanks to the generosity of four Trustees and an anonymous donor, we now have bistro tables and chairs in the East Pavilion and will be offering coffee and snacks for sale in the Visitor Services Center. Proceeds from Adelaide’s will support the Grow Greenwood Fund.


Whenever I arrive at Greenwood my blood pressure lowers and I can take some deep breaths. All too often, this feeling of calm leaves me when I must head inside for a meeting. My spring resolution is to hold as many meetings as possible outside at Adelaide’s. If our mission is to connect people with nature in an historic garden oasis, then sipping coffee with the historic Samuel Yellin gate on one side and the gardens and South Mountain Reservation on the other is what we all should be doing. See you on our open days at Adelaide’s.




HOUSE Beautiful During the winter, we have been at work

sprucing up the first-floor interior of the house at Greenwood. We are pleased to be the fortunate recipient of a handsome set of mid-eighteenth century antique and antique reproduction furniture from a generous donor. The table and 18 chairs, along with sideboard, serving table and rug, now grace Greenwood’s dining room. In addition, we have carpeted the main staircase and steps leading into the dining room and kitchen. We also gratefully acknowledge Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, member of Greenwood’s Board of Trustees, for his generous donations of various decorative objects, plants, botanical prints and Oriental rugs. Finally, Founders Peter and Sofia Blanchard contributed their luminous portrait of Peter’s mother, Adelaide Childs Frick Blanchard, to the effort. Created in 1920 by an active artist of the era, Clarence R. Mattii, the painting of Adelaide now hangs in the dining room for all to see. These additions greatly enhance the backdrop against which a wide range of programs and events take place.




Greenwood Notecards

We are pleased to offer for sale a new collection of notecards featuring seven works of art created in the garden by Peter P. Blanchard III, Greenwood Founder and Chairman of the Board, in pen and ink, watercolor and oil. Please stop in at the Visitor Center to purchase. Package of seven note cards...$20.

Greenwood: An Outstanding American Garden Greenwood Gardens is one of twelve gardens to be featured in a book profiling outstanding American gardens. According to photographer Andre Baranowski, the to-be-published work is intended to “inspire the next generation of gardeners around the world.� The photos below are among those taken of Greenwood by Baranowski. The book will be published next Spring by Rizzoli.


Private Group Tours Available at Greenwood Gardens Greenwood Gardens welcomes groups of ten or more for special private tours conducted by our knowledgeable guides who will share the story behind this historic garden oasis. Connect with nature while strolling through our peaceful landscape dotted with unique architecture, statuary and Rookwood tiles. Our 45-minute tours are $15 per person. Reservations are required. For more information and other tour options, contact Stephanie Murphy at or phone at 973.258.4026.



MEMBERSHIP Matters Enjoy the Benefits of Membership While Supporting Greenwood Gardens Your membership in Greenwood links you to a like-minded community of supporters who identify with our mission and provides you with a unique set of valuable benefits including: • Free admission during our regular hours • Invitations to special members-only events and programs • Advance notice/discounted tickets to a wide range of programs, workshops and other signature events • Recognition of your generous support in the Spring edition of Greenwood News

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Benefits at more than 300 participating gardens and arboreta nationwide through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program A subscription to either Better Homes & Gardens or Martha Stewart Living magazine through the American Public Gardens Association New! 20% discount on orders from White Flower Farm catalog

Consider giving a gift of Greenwood membership to friends and family! Complete the form below or call 973-258-4026, ext. 10 for more information.

___Individual $60 ___Contributor $100 ___Benefactor $250

___Patron $500 ___Greenwood Society $1,000 ___Garden Fellow $5,000

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Oh, the places we go...

This past September, Greenwood members enjoyed a bus trip to Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, New York and a guided tour with Stephen F. Byrns, President of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. More trips are being planned for the fall of 2018! Hope you’ll join us! PHOTOS: STEPHANIE MURPHY

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274 Old Short Hills Road Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 973.258.4026 Greenwood Gardens’ mission is to connect people with nature in an historic garden oasis.

PLAN YOUR VISIT NOW GENERAL ADMISSION Hours: Thursday 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Friday 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Saturday 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Sunday 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Members: Free Adults $10.00 Seniors (65+) $5.00 Students with ID $5.00 Children under 12 Free

You’re Invited! Spring Benefit & Luncheon on May 23 Greenwood will be honoring Louise Moos, Trustee, volunteer and friend, at our Spring Benefit & Luncheon in the garden on May 23. Louise is a former educator a principal of a landscape design company. Greenwood has been the beneficiary of her experience and wisdom which she has applied in her roles as an active member of our Executive and Governance Committees. A delicious lunch catered by Holly Guber, floral designs by Kathleen Bourke and Judy Yarnell, and a special silent auction are among the features of this special event to recognize such a valuable member of the Greenwood family. For more information, please visit our website at

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