On May 20th from 10a.m. to 4p.m., the Short Hills Home Garden Club will swing open the garden gates to seven unique private gardens as well as the 28-acre historic Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills.
Featured private gardens include: an expansive two-acre property highlighted by a wisteria-covered pergola and fountain with a view of a perennial border and lush spring plantings; a landscaped property with several garden rooms, including a koi pond with waterfalls, a putting green, and a country garden brick patio; an Italian Renaissance garden featuring a bronze sundial centered among boxwood trimmed hedges and evergreen walls; a former quarry transformed into a beautiful garden of perennials and wild flowers; an intimate English cottage garden; and two professionally designed gardens showcasing artisanal terra cotta planters and urns imported from Impruneta, Italy – one bold and dramatic, the other simple and elegant.
Astride the second ridge of the Watchung Mountains and overlooking a vast preserve of forest and meadow, Greenwood Gardens is a historic garden rooted in the Arts and Crafts and Classical approaches to garden design. Once a grand private estate, Greenwood is now a nonprofit public garden working to preserve and restore this historic landscape and to advance conservation and land preservation. Historically significant for its beauty, history, and design, Greenwood combines formal gardens, teahouses, reflecting pools, open meadows, woodlands, and pasture along with colorful and whimsical elements of Rookwood pottery from the Art and Crafts era. A time capsule of New Jersey’s gracious past and a haven of tranquility in the busy New York metropolitan region, Greenwood Gardens is listed in Barron’s publication 1001 Gardens You Must See Before you Die.
All of these beautiful gardens in Short Hills are just waiting to be discovered. Proceeds of the event will benefit Greenwood Gardens and other community projects.
Complimentary light refreshments will be served. For added convenience, a special $25 prix-fix lunch will be available to at Paper Mill Playhouse’s newly restored Carriage House Bistro & Bar on a reservation basis.