“Views of Greenwood Gardens” is a Small Standard Flower Show presented by The Short Hills Home Garden Club at Greenwood Gardens on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show is open to viewing by members of Short Hills Home Garden Club and invited guests. (Guests may view the show between 2 pm and 4 pm). This Small Standard Flower Show will feature 16 Flower Arrangements designed by our members as well as a variety of horticultural cuttings from member’s gardens. These will be judged exhibits with entries eligible for the following awards: Award of Design Excellence, Award of Horticultural Excellence, Arboreal Award, Award of Merit and Grower’s Choice Award.
Greenwood Gardens was designed by William Whetten Renwick in the early twentieth century as a private estate called “Pleasant Days” for Joseph and Pauline Day and their family. In 1949, the house and gardens were purchased by Peter P. Blanchard, Jr., and his wife, Dr. Adelaide Childs Frick Blanchard, as a country retreat. During his family’s tenure, Mr. Blanchard added an overlay of evergreen formality and whimsical ornamentation to the Day’s original landscape. Additionally, Mr. Blanchard donated more than 48 acres of his property, including the rolling meadow that was once the golf course of Pleasant Days, to Millburn Township for the establishment of Old Short Hills Park. In 2000, following his father’s wishes, Peter Blanchard III and his wife, Sofia, used the remaining 28 acre estate to establish Greenwood Gardens as a nonprofit conservation organization which would preserve and open the gardens to the public. Greenwood Gardens has been working to restore the property to its former glory and in Spring 2013 will open to the public as a cultural center devoted to the appreciation of nature, sustainability and preservation. A tour of Greenwood Gardens is a multilayered experience that includes historic architecture, superb plantings and expansive vistas. Visit www.greenwoodgarden.org to schedule a tour.
In 2007, the Short Hills Home Garden Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a $20,000 donation to Greenwood Gardens which was to be dedicated to the refurbishment of the Fountain Grotto. During the Flower Show we will celebrate the re-opening of the Fountain Grotto.