MILLBURN, NJ - Greenwood Gardens, a preserve in Short Hills open to the public, is offering several workshops this spring.
The first, a walk in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, takes place Saturday, May 31, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The guide will be Peter P. Blanchard III, son of the tract's previous owner. The focus will be on the primitive access of wilderness area near Green Village. Participants can learn the history of the refuge, which once faced the threat of conversion to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area’s fourth jetport.
Appropriate clothing, calf high boots, insect repellant and binoculars are highly recommended. Wet conditions and uneven footing may be encountered. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Green Village Deli, 536 Green Village Rd., Green Village.
The program is free to Greenwood Gardens members and $10 for non-members.
A birding walk will be offered Thursday, June 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. Participants can join New Jersey Audubon naturalist Dave Hall to explore several habitats, including hardwood forest, conifer stands, ponds and meadows. Walkers also will venture into South Mountain Reservation to see who is stopping over.
The fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Registration is required.
A Short Hills garden tour, "Coming Up Roses," is planned for Monday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The tour will be a rare opportunity to visit eight unique private gardens in Short Hills. Organized by the Short Hills Home Garden Club, the self-guided tour includes Greenwood Gardens.
Tickets may be purchased by going to www.shorthillsgardentour.com or by calling 973-761-7263. Ticket prices are $30 if purchased before June 1 and $40 thereafter and on the day of the tour.
All tickets can be picked-up the morning of the tour at Gero Park, 320 White Oak Ridge Rd., Short Hills.
A program sharing favorite readings on nature, natural history and conservation with Peter P. Blanchard III takes place Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can bring their favorite selections to share and read aloud. Readings will take place in the heart of the old garden.
The program is free to members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required.
Another program, En Plein Air Painters, is slated for Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can join the New Jersey Society of En Plein Air Artists for a day of painting “in the open air.” Both amateur and professional artists are welcome.
Admission is free.
The gardens, located at 274 Old Short Hills Road, are accessed through Old Short Hills Park. For more information, call Greenwood Gardens at 973-258-4026 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org