Giving Back

Founder of Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills Publishes New Book

9db904455ab1ef90d223_da6e59b2c69d48a21411_best_b5be81f09ffef823c5f1_DSC_0114.jpg
Peter and Sofia Blanchard speaking at a Greenwood Garden event sponsored by the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce in April 2016. Credits: Jonathan Sym
9db904455ab1ef90d223_da6e59b2c69d48a21411_best_b5be81f09ffef823c5f1_DSC_0114.jpg

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Greenwood Gardens, a public garden in Short Hills, is delighted to announce the publication of founder Peter P. Blanchard III's new book, Greenwood: A Path to Nature and the Past. The public is invited to a book signing and talk by Mr. Blanchard on Wednesday, June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event, but registration is required: please RSVP via email to smurphy@greenwoodgardens.

Mr. Blanchard has written a delightful history of an extraordinary place of natural beauty, including the stories of the Day and Blanchard families who shaped the Greenwood we enjoy today. Peter grew up as an only child at Greenwood, then called The Greenwoods. Out of his devotion to this extraordinary place, and in keeping with his father’s wishes, Peter and his wife Sofia decided to preserve Greenwood Gardens in perpetuity, for the delight and enjoyment of the public. With energy, creativity, and love for Greenwood Gardens’ unique history and landscape, they continue to lead the revitalization of the unique treasure.

Comprised of twenty-eight acres of gardens, meadows, and woodland, with eleven historic buildings constructed between 1912 and 1950, Greenwood Gardens remained in in private ownership for more than a century. With guidance from the Garden Conservancy, the Garden officially opened to the public in spring, 2013.

Sign Up for E-News

“Peter’s book will enhance the enjoyment and facilitate the experience of visitors to this ‘secret garden,’” says Greenwood Gardens Executive Director, Liz Johnson. Filled with vintage and contemporary photographs, the book provides an overview of the Gardens, their history, and mission. In addition, Mr. Blanchard has included a delightful collection of personal anecdotes from his life growing up at Greenwood.

Peter P. Blanchard III is the author of three long-range land conservation studies published by the Trust for Public Land and New York City Audubon: Buffer the Bay Revisited (a review of unprotected open space fringing Jamaica Bay, 1992), The Century Plan (presenting 100 conservation sites on Barnegat Bay (1994) and An Islanded Nature, (a study of remaining natural areas in Western Staten Island (2001). Peter is also the author of We Were an Island; the Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam (University Press of New England, 2010).

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Greenwood: A Path to Nature and the Past will support Greenwood Gardens. The book is available for sale at the Garden for $20.

Greenwood Gardens is open to the public Saturday through Tuesday, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. To learn more about Greenwood Gardens and its educational programs, go to greenwoodgardens.org or call 973-258-4026.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Millburn Recreation Accepting Memberships for Pool, Tennis and Golf

February 19, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Recreation Department announced that it is accepting memberships for the township pool, tennis and golf facilities. The memberships are available to all Millburn Township residents and the applications are available online.

The membership application can be accessed at http://www.twp.millburn.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/3258 or go ...

Millburn Police Department Investigating Pair of Residential Burglaries

April 3, 2018

On March 28, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Goldfarb responded to the Union Police Department on a warrant arrest. Robert Kopik, age 41 of Springfield, was placed under arrest on an outstanding criminal warrant and remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

On March 28, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Hunt responded to a Quaker Road residence on a residential burglary. The resident reports ...

Letter to the Editor: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a Huge Blow to the Middle-Class

April 8, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3ad9e0f6b36b6a5b837a_img_2829

Sun, April 22, 11:00 AM

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills

April Guided Hike at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum ...

Education Green

Carousel_image_1a456366942dc2376cea_image_4-20-18_at_7.02_am

Sun, April 22, 11:00 AM

Between Main and Spring Street, Millburn

Millburn Street Fair 2018

Carousel_image_11a7f47d27aa64b07388_mark-kelly-about

Tue, April 24, 6:00 PM

The Venetian , Garfield

Prepared. For Life Dinner with Captain Mark Kelly

Other

Middle School Presents Shrek the Musical, April 27-29

April 21, 2018

Middle School presents Shrek the Musical, April 27-29

The Millburn Middle School Spring Musical, Shrek the Musical, will be held on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at 7 p.m.  A Sunday matinee will be presented at 1 p.m. on April 29th.

Shrek the Musical opened on Broadway in December 2008. It is based on the DreamWorks Animation’s film Shrek and William Steig’s ...

Millburn Road Closures for April 20

MILLBURN, NJ - Parsonage Hill Road closed between Long Hill Drive and White Oak Ridge Road until approx 4:00pm Officers working

Troy Drive closed to all traffic between Lawrence Drive and Troy Lane until approx 4:00pm Officers working

Old Short Hills Road has a changed traffic pattern between Silver Spring Road and Dorison Drive no closures expect possible delays until approx 4:00pm ...

Community Church to Hold Spring Rummage Sale for Charity

Community Congregational Church in Short Hills will hold its semiannual Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. All proceeds of the sale benefit Community Church’s educational and outreach programs, including the Oasis program that provides bags of groceries and baby supplies to families in Irvington every month.

“The Rummage Sale for Charity at Community Church ...