Short Hills, NJ, July 17, 2019 -- Greenwood Gardens, the 28-acre historic site and public garden located at 274 Old Short Hills Road, has announced a newly configured plan for welcoming the public while it undertakes construction of a new parking lot, entry sequence and rain garden.
For the duration of the estimated six-month construction project, Greenwood will offer guided tours exclusively, rather than free roam, throughout the garden, to ensure visitor safety and enjoyment. Until further notice, guests will be personally met by docents at the Main Gatehouse and escorted into the property on foot via the West Woods, stopping along the way at such iconic features as the Garden of the Gods, Summer House, Teahouse and Main House, all set against a landscape of terraced gardens, meadows, woodlands and heirloom garden ornaments. Tours will continue to feature narrative about Greenwood’s unique history provided by its knowledgeable docents. Complimentary iced tea and cookies also will be provided.
“This is an exciting time for Greenwood as we seek to welcome more visitors to our site. We think the public will enjoy this new version of our guided tours which approach the property from an alternate entry point and shine a spotlight on Greenwood’s ties to the Feigenspan brewing family, one of the property’s original owners dating back to the 19th century,” stated Abby O’Neill, Executive Director.
In addition to tripling the garden’s existing parking capacity to 75 spaces, the construction project incorporates a rain garden to accommodate water run-off, as well as a new building inside the site’s main gate to simplify ticket purchases. “As we look to increase visitation and delight our guests, we know these features will serve the public well,” said Richard Murphy, Deputy Director.
Effective immediately, visitors can join guided tours of Greenwood on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m., and on Thursday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. by pre-registration only. Tours leave from the Main Gate promptly at five minutes past the hour. Register at this link.
Greenwood Gardens, a 501c3 non-profit organization open to the public since 2013, seeks to connect people with nature in an historic garden oasis. Supported by gifts and membership, it offers a diverse array of programs at the nexus of nature, beauty and history. For more information or to schedule a private group tour, contact Stephanie Murphy, Manager of Programs & Public Engagement at 973-258-4026, ext. 10 or visit greenwoodgardens.org