Archive for ‘Greenwood Gardens’

May 17, 2013

Tiny purple bells

Little purple bunch of flowers

EDIT: This is a lungwort, thanks to Jane from Food and Flowers! Back in the day, they were like, “hey, the leaves look like diseased lungs! Obviously we should use this plant to treat diseased lungs.” Hence: LUNGwort.

I’ve spent the past hour trying to identify this flower, and now I have officially given up. Do you recognize it? It’s a domesticated garden plant (as opposed to a wildflower), but beyond that I’m lost. The entire bunch of flowers is about as big as an egg.

May 11, 2013

Ferns are fun


It’s true. Invite some ferns to your next party, see how it goes. I’m telling you, they just light up the room.

May 4, 2013



Of all the amazing images I’ve ever captured… this is not one of them. But who doesn’t like looking at goats in a bucolic field? Rhetorical question, don’t answer that.

May 3, 2013

Purple deadnettles (probably)

A purple deadnettle!

I think this purple flower thing is deadnettle. Initially I thought it might be a domesticated variety of Creeping Charlie, and sure enough, it’s in the same family, but the family is pretty large, so I guess that isn’t saying much.

A whole bunch of purple deadnettles!

May 2, 2013



As I strolled around Greenwood Gardens, looking every inch the Amateur Lady With a Camera Who Likes Flowers that I am, a woman I’d spoken to earlier tapped me on the shoulder.

“Did you see the blossom that just fell?” she asked.

“Huh?” I asked.

“A beautiful blossom just fell from the sky into that grass over there,” she pointed. “I already took my picture of it. It’s gorgeous.”

“Oh! Thank you!” I said. (I’m always grateful when people point out things I should be taking pictures of, because I honestly do miss a lot.)

As I stared at the blossom, squatted next to it, shuffled sideways a few inches, and eyed it from a few different angles, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to take a picture that would make it look decent. This was all I came up with.

I think it’s a tulip. I have no idea how it ended up stranded in the weeds like this.

May 1, 2013

Queen of all


Yeah, that’s right, stand like a queen.

There are a whole slew of these three-foot-tall limestone statues around Greenwood Gardens. I think they’re supposed to be chess pieces.

April 30, 2013

Apple blossom white


Oh, what, like I was going to visit a GARDEN and NOT take pictures of the pretty flowers? Come on now.

April 29, 2013


Princeton Katzenjammers at Short Hills' Greenwood Gardens, woohoo!

The Princeton Katzenjammers, Princeton University’s first co-ed a cappella group, performed for the Greenwood Gardens open house on Sunday.

(Princeton is about an hour’s drive one way from here, which is a pretty respectable time commitment for a college student on a Sunday in late April, so— props to them for making it!)

April in Short Hills! Gardens in blossom!


Unsurprisingly, they were a talented group of singers, and they consequently attracted a fair crowd.
Crowd gathered to watch the Katzenjammers at Greenwood Gardens


At the end, they put on a cheer for us. I didn’t entirely understand it, and apparently some of them didn’t either (false start!).
Cheer fail!


They got it in the end, though. 🙂

April 28, 2013

Greenwood Gardens

Greenwood Gardens: The reflecting pool terrace (minus a reflecting pool, currently)

Greenwood Gardens, near Old Short Hills Park, is usually an admission-only space, but they opened it to the public for free today. (Who doesn’t like free things?)

Greenwood Gardens: Main house and main lawn

In 1906, Joseph P. Day purchased 80 acres of land in Short Hills and called it “Pleasant Days.” The original house on the property was destroyed by a fire in 1911, so Day built a huge Italianate mansion in its place. By the time the property was purchased by the Blanchards in 1949, the 1911 mansion “had deteriorated significantly,” so it was replaced by the modest Georgian Revival mansion you see here (“modest” my foot).

And, y’know, if you’re gonna purchase a large estate and call it your own, you might as well call it by a name YOU prefer, like “Greenwood Gardens” (because, really, “Pleasant Days?” that’s like so 1910s, OMG, really) so there was THAT.

Greenwood Gardens: Garden of the Zodiac

In 2000, a Blanchard descendent began working with the Garden Conservancy to establish Greenwood Gardens as a nonprofit public garden and conservation organization. They’re in the process of fully restoring everything to its glory, but (in my humble opinion) it looks pretty good now.


Greenwood Gardens. (n.d.). “Garden Guide and Walking Tour.” (Pamphlet).

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