Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Enjoy Millburn-Short Hills, NJ with Greenwood Gardens!

If you are new to Millburn-Short Hills, NJ (or considering moving here), you might not be aware of all that the area has to offer.  One place you definitely want to become acquainted with is the Greenwood Gardens.  Historically, the Gardens were created for a private estate until becoming non-profit owned in 2003.  Ever since, many people have enjoyed the beautiful landscape and regularly-held cultural events at the Greenwood Gardens.  There are many ways in which you may explore the Gardens, which are located at 274 Old Short Hills Road.

Guided Tours
Hour-long tours are available on scheduled dates and by appointment.  Through October, scheduled tours will occur every Thursday at 2 pm and on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am.  The tours are free to members and $10 each for non-members.  Tours begin at the formal entrance and will take visitors past cultivated gardens, reflecting pools, the hillsides of the Watchung Mountains, and more.  The "less formal" side of Greenwood contains ponds and meadows full of swans, geese, and chickens roaming about.

There is an event nearly every week at the Greenwood Gardens.  These range from culture and entertainment events to green living how-to programs.  Upcoming events include "Fragrance in the Garden" on Saturday, June 2nd and Greenwood's Annual Jazz Picnic on Saturday, June 9th.  "Fragrance in the Garden" is a walk through the flowering gardens with plenty of stops to sniff different types of plants and flowers.  The Jazz Picnic features live jazz music for picnic-goers who bring their own food, but are treated to soft drinks and cupcakes by the Garden.

If after attending events or a tour you would like to become more involved, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities.  Garden docents attend monthly meetings, lead tours, and learn to tell the story of Greenwood Gardens.  Volunteer gardeners help take care of the Gardens under the direction of the horticultural staff.  There are also administrative volunteer opportunities for those more interested in helping with office work.

Overall, Greenwood Gardens are a wonderful asset to our community and provide plenty of opportunities for involvement.  If you go check them out (or are already a long-time fan), please leave me a comment!  As usual, I encourage anyone with questions or comments about real estate or Millburn-Short Hills, NJ to  contact me as well.

Elaine Pruzon
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