“Everything is Coming Up Roses”… Featuring Eight Private Short Hills Gardens and Greenwood Gardens

 

 On June 9th from 10am – 4pm, the Short Hills Home Garden Club will once again swing open the garden gates to eight unique private gardens as well as the 28-acre historic Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills.

Highlights to be seen on this self-guided tour include: an exquisite garden with a wisteria-covered pergola and more than a dozen different varieties of roses; terraced gardens with hundreds of mixed perennials, pond, and water features; and an elegant tudor property whose garden, first designed in the 1930’s, was a winner of the 1936 New York Herald Tribune Yard & Garden Competition. On past tours, visitors have expressed how much they have enjoyed “the diversity of formal park-like to intimate garden settings.” Also included on the tour is Greenwood Gardens, once a grand private estate that is now a public garden that combines formal gardens with sweeping New York vistas. Greenwood Gardens is listed in Barron’s publication 1001 Gardens You must See Before You Die.

All of these beautiful gardens in Short Hills are just waiting to be discovered. Proceeds of the event will benefit Greenwood Gardens and other community projects. New this year is a raffle of watercolor paintings of roses.

Complimentary light refreshments will be served. For added convenience, a special $25 prix-fix lunch will be available to tour attendees at Paper Mill Playhouse’s Carriage House Bistro & Bar on a reservation basis. In addition, there are many other wonderful dining options just steps away in Downtown Millburn.

GARDEN TOUR INFORMATION

TIME: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST: $30 in advance until 6/1/14, $40 thereafter or day of event

TICKET INFO:www.shorthillsgardentour.com  or call 973/761­7263 or email shorthillsgardentour.gmail.com

Pre-sale and day of tour tickets can be obtained at Gero Park, 320 White Oak Ridge Rd, Short Hills, NJ

LUNCH: Carriage House Bistro & Bar, 24 Brookside Dr., Millburn, NJ 07041,(973) 609-2429.

 

 

Open Days Schedule

Open Day 

 
Title:
Hunterdon & Somerset County Open Day
When:
06/07/2014 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Private Gardens

  1. Windmill Farm—Pam and Marshall Jeanes     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    355 Long Lane
    Far Hills, NJ 07931
    Windmill Farm is an 1800 Colonial house surrounded by pasture and open fields. At the top of the drive is a circle planted with ‘Bonica’ roses. On both sides of the drive are shrub borders planted with a mix of shrubs to extend the interest from spring to fall. On the right side of the house is the newest border, with emphasis on summer-blooming shrubs. Around the house to the left is a sunken garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman in 1929. It has a small pool and fountain and is planted with a mixture of shrubs and perennials. There is also a perennial border across the back lawn. Both of us are ardent gardeners and have nurtured and added to the gardens over many years. 

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Admission: $5

    Directions: From I-287 South, go past Bernardsville exit to I-78 West. Take I-78 West to Exit 26/Lamington. Turn right at end of exit ramp. At stop sign, turn right and then immediately go left onto Black River Road. Continue about 2.5 miles. When road curves to left there is a double arrow road sign and dirt road on right. Turn right; this is Long Lane. We are driveway on left; sign reads “Windmill Farm.” Gates open automatically.

    From Routes 206/202 to Lamington Road, just past white Presbyterian church on right, turn right onto Black River Road and proceed as directed above. Please park on driveway.


  2. Bird Haven Farm     10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
    Bird Haven Farm is a celebration of the vision and collector’s spirit of Janet Mavec and Wayne Nordberg. The barns, out-buildings, and original nineteenth-century stone house (home of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, creator of the Nancy Drew mystery stories) have been joined by a contemporary house designed by Smith-Miller+Harkinson in the 1990s and more recently a guest house by Parsons+Fernandez-Casteleiro. The garden master plan was completed in 2002 by Fernando Caruncho lending visual clarity to the cluster of disparate elements. Hardscaping by Dale Booher added clean lines of strategically placed stone walls, evolving Caruncho’s concept of a medieval village and a perfect haven for plants. The landscape includes hay meadows, a lush orchard of heirloom apples and other fruit trees, a boxwood bordered herb garden designed by Lisa Stamm, vegetable and flower gardens, and a meandering woodland walk. 

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Admission: $5

    Directions: At the request of the Garden Host, directions to this garden are provided through the Open Days Directory, at other gardens open on this date, or by calling the Garden Conservancy office toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1-888-842-2442.

  3. An Architect's Garden     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    129 Pickle Road
    Pottersville, NJ 07979
    The gardens and landscape are part of an ongoing project begun in 1992 as a complete renovation and expansion of an eighteenth-century dairy farm on thirty-five acres. The original four barns and a single wooded hedge-row was all that was left of the abandoned farm in the heart of deer country. The gardens closest to the barn/house complex were structured around three courtyards formed by the barns, stone walls, and boxwood. The stone parking court leads to the entry/west courtyard which is adjacent to the formal sycamore and boxwood garden off the kitchen. Continuing around the house is a thyme garden that leads to the eastern court with the pond and white garden. Moving westward away from the house you encounter the formal French potager surrounded by privet and fence. This vegetable garden was laid out on axis to the north side of an old cow shed and the orangery. The greenhouse was salvaged from Rutgers University and designed around an English-style orangery. It is solar powered and heated. Plus the lawn and gardens are all treated organically. Behind the cow shed there is a nursery of boxwood collected from around the world. The overall aesthetic was trying to find a balance between the things we love, the French formal boxwood gardens, English borders and the informal play of trees and allées that merge the formal grid, to a much more informal sense of an American country landscape. 

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Admission: $5

    Directions: From New York City, take Holland Tunnel to I-78 West to Exit 29/I-287 North. Do not follow sign towards I-287. Stay on I-78 West to Exit 29. 

    From I-287 North take Exit 22B/Routes 202/206 North Bedminster/Netcong (second exit). Keep left on Route 206 North. Go to sixth traffic light at Route 512/Pottersville Road. Turn left and go to end. Turn right onto Black River Road. Then stay left, cross bridge, pass Black River Market and take Route 512/Fairmont Road East. Go 1.6 miles, (pass Pickle Road on right). Turn right onto Van Pelt Road and go to end. Turn left onto Pickle Road. Entrance is 0.2 mile on left or fourth drive with four barns and a silo.

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    Open Days Schedule

    Open Day 


    Please note there is one additional garden open on this date in nearby Hunterdon County, NJ;click here for details.
    Title:
    Bucks County Open Day
    When:
    06/28/2014 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    1. Sutphin Garden     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      4940 Hansell Road
      Mechanicsville, PA 18934
      The present owners purchased the circa 1812 farmhouse and its twelve acres in 1993. There were remnants of a quarter-acre flower/vegetable garden, mature trees, and shrubs. The challenge has been to honor the site’s history while accommodating a variety of garden types. These include perennial borders, grape arbor, vegetable/cutting garden, and small fruit plantings. The remainder of the property has a pond, woods, and a wildflower meadow surrounded by a walking path. Perimeter trees and shrubs added by the Sutphins have provided privacy from the surrounding new developments.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From Pennsylvania Turnpike, exit onto Route 611. Go north to Route 202 North to Route 413 North and turn left onto Hansell Road, 0.7 mile past light at Mechanicsville Road. There is a left turn lane. Number 4940 Hansell Road is about 0.33 mile on left. It is first driveway after Hansell Park entrance sign. From I-95, take Pendell exit for Route 413. (If traveling north this will be second exit for Route 413). At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Route 1 South. In about 1 mile bear right to Route 413. Turn right onto Route 413 North. Please park in front of barn. If area is muddy, park in adjacent Hansell Park lot.

       
    2. Jon Carloftis     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      105 Geigel Hill Road
      Erwinna, PA 18920
      Although small, this garden is full of surprises. Built in the 1850s, this farmhouse is one room deep and every window looks out into the garden. An allée of pear trees covers the path from the garage to the house; on either side is an English-style border. A geometric garden with roses, ornamental grasses, and dahlias is on the far side of the old 1920s garage/garden shed. Below the cultivated areas, the woods seem to blend into the ‘Tardiva’ hydrangeas, Japanese maples, ostrich ferns, and Japanese andromeda. This is a wonderful example of making the most of a small space. A new addition to the garden is a raw cedar treehouse, fifteen feet above ground, utilizing recycled doors and windows. The garden was featured inCottage Living in September of 2007 and Garden Design in July of 2007, also featured in April 2010 issue ofCountry Living and December 2010 issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From Frenchtown Bridge, go south 2 miles and turn right onto Headquarters Road (Evermay Bed & Breakfast). Go past post office and road becomes Geigel Hill Road. Pass covered bridge to third house on left.

    3. Hortulus Farm     10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Website
      60 Thompson Mill Road
      Wrightstown, PA 18940
      Our garden appears as an integral part of the Pennsylvania landscape, as befits an eighteenth-century farmstead with barns and a healthy population of animals. We are lucky enough to be nestled in our own little valley, quite far off the road, unusual for a house of this age. Our 100 acres try to respect the integrity of the farm’s historical significance and the natural landscape, with the occasional whimsical or formal statement thrown in. There are lots of woods and pasture, lots of shrubs and naturalized perennial plantings in the stream and woodland gardens, yet also formal borders, follies, gazebos, and sizeable herb and vegetable gardens. All are anchored by the formal simplicity of classic Bucks County architecture. In the past years, we have been fortunate enough to have had the gardens featured in House & GardenHouse Beautiful,HorticultureGarden DesignOrganic GardeningCountry LivingQuest, and Food & Wine magazines, as well as on HGTV’s “Secret Gardens of Philadelphia” and “The Travel Channel”.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From New Hope, take Windy Bush Road/Route 232 South about 5 miles. At “Wrightstown Township” sign on right, turn immediately left onto Pineville Road. Go about 1 mile to right onto Thompson Mill Road. Go over bridge through series of steep, winding, up-hill turns and up into a clearing and straightaway. Go to #60 for parking. 

      From Philadelphia, take I-95 North towards Trenton about 40 miles to Exit 31/New Hope. Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Taylorsville Road. Go north 3 miles to Wood Hill Road and turn left. Go about 2.7 miles to first stop sign. Turn right onto Eagle Road, go 0.3 mile, and make first left onto Pineville Road. Proceed as directed above.




      Photo: Bob Ritchie
    4. Paxson Hill Farm     10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Website
      3265 Comfort Road
      New Hope, PA 18938
      These ten acres of private estate gardens have only been open to the public once before. There are two ponds with swans and geese with a woodland walk around them, an orchard with sixty-three trees, peacocks and guinea fowl roaming around, a granite-edged formal parterre garden with a knot garden, and two reflecting ponds with fountains, a small boxwood garden, a weeping Tupelo tunnel, a yellow garden with a bocce court, a perennial garden with a large antique church bell, an intimate courting garden, and the 330-foot double perennial borders which lead back to the ten acres of public gardens.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Admission: $5

      Directions: From Lahaska, PA/Peddler's Village, at intersection of Routes 202 and 263, take Route 263 north 3.2 miles then turn left onto Comfort Road. Go 1 mile and farm is on left.

      From New Hope, PA take Route 32 North turn left onto Route 263 South. At top of hill, turn right onto Comfort Road. Go 1 mile and farm is on left.


       
    5. Jericho Mountain Orchards     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      136 Buckmanville Road
      New Hope, PA 18938
      This is a delightful terraced country garden surrounding a seventeenth-century stone-and-timber farmhouse on extensive acreage. Many varieties of old garden roses and climbers ramble over eighteenth-century walls, barns, trellises, and tuteurs, leading to lovely perennial borders and formally parterred beds. There are also charming shade pond and stream gardens, as well as a sizeable nineteenth-century apple orchard.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Admission: $5

      Directions: From New Hope, take Route 232 South about 3 miles to Street Road. Turn left, then take first right onto Buckmanville Road. Jericho Mountain Orchards will be about 0.5 mile down on left.

      From Hortulus Farm, turn left out of drive onto Thompson Mill Road. Go to stop sign, then turn left onto Pineville Road. Buckmanville Road will be about 0.5 mile down on right. Turn right and go 0.5 mile to orchards on right.


       

    Public Garden

    1. Linden Hill Gardens      8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Website
      8230 Easton Road 
      Ottsville, PA 18942
      Linden Hill Gardens is a horticultural destination and retail nursery specializing in new, unusual, and rare plants on a scenic Bucks County farmstead. The nursery has extensive display beds including a deer-resistant garden, cottage gardens, a long border, and courtyard plantings. In addition, themed plant events are held on weekends throughout the season. On the special Open Day on June 29, 2013, we will have tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

      Hours: Year round, daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call for group reservations.
      Admission: Free

      Directions: From Easton, take Route 611 south to #8230 Easton Road.

      From Bethlehem, take Route 412 south. Go 7.4 miles and turn left onto Route 212/Route 412. Go 1.9 miles and turn right onto Route 412. Go 6.9 miles and make a slight right onto Route 611. Go 0.4 mile to #8230 Easton Road on right.
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Open Days Schedule

Open Day 


Please note there are additional gardens open on this date in nearby Bucks County, PA; click here for details.
Title:
Hunterdon County Open Day
When:
06/28/2014 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Private Garden

  1. The Garden at Federal Twist     10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Website
    208 Federal Twist Road
    Stockton, NJ 08859

    Open Days Schedule

    Open Day 

     
    Title:
    Morris and Somerset County Open Day
    When:
    09/20/2014 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    1. The Hay Honey Farm     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      130 Stevens Lane
      Far Hills, NJ 07931
      Nestled in a valley along the North Branch of the Raritan River, the extensive gardens of the Hay Honey Farm reflect the diverse interests of the owners. The farm’s transition from cattle farm to plant collection began in 1989, and while Black Angus cattle still graze the hayfields, honeybees have become the only "livestock" allowed inside the gates. Garden areas created near the homes include a dwarf conifer/spring bulb garden, a large walled perennial border, hosta garden, native meadow, and a large kitchen garden, which is backed by a laburnum, rose, and clematis trellis. A year-round natural stream flows through the rhododendron garden, which includes woodland companion plants of all types. A flowering shrub walk on the opposite bank of the stream has more sun-loving favorites, such as lilacs, weigelas, and viburnum, while woodland and field walks highlight collections of unusual maples, firs, and other hardy trees and shrubs. Naturalistically designed for beauty in every season, this garden is sure to please all plant enthusiasts! 

      Directions: From I-95/New Jersey Turnpike, take I-78 West. Then take I-287 North to Exit 22B (or Exit 22 if coming from north). Stay on Route 206 North. At fourth traffic light, turn right onto Holland Avenue. At end, turn left onto Peapack. Turn right onto Willow Avenue. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Branch Road. Follow signs to garden.

      Admission: $5


      Photo: Hilary Clayton
    2. Moran Garden     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      19 Kennaday Road
      Mendham, NJ 07945

      Open Days Schedule

      Open Day 

       
      Title:
      Morris and Somerset County Open Day
      When:
      09/20/2014 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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      1. The Hay Honey Farm     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
        130 Stevens Lane
        Far Hills, NJ 07931
        Nestled in a valley along the North Branch of the Raritan River, the extensive gardens of the Hay Honey Farm reflect the diverse interests of the owners. The farm’s transition from cattle farm to plant collection began in 1989, and while Black Angus cattle still graze the hayfields, honeybees have become the only "livestock" allowed inside the gates. Garden areas created near the homes include a dwarf conifer/spring bulb garden, a large walled perennial border, hosta garden, native meadow, and a large kitchen garden, which is backed by a laburnum, rose, and clematis trellis. A year-round natural stream flows through the rhododendron garden, which includes woodland companion plants of all types. A flowering shrub walk on the opposite bank of the stream has more sun-loving favorites, such as lilacs, weigelas, and viburnum, while woodland and field walks highlight collections of unusual maples, firs, and other hardy trees and shrubs. Naturalistically designed for beauty in every season, this garden is sure to please all plant enthusiasts! 

        Directions: From I-95/New Jersey Turnpike, take I-78 West. Then take I-287 North to Exit 22B (or Exit 22 if coming from north). Stay on Route 206 North. At fourth traffic light, turn right onto Holland Avenue. At end, turn left onto Peapack. Turn right onto Willow Avenue. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Branch Road. Follow signs to garden.

        Admission: $5


        Photo: Hilary Clayton
      2. Moran Garden     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
        19 Kennaday Road
        Mendham, NJ 07945
        Started in 1970 on three acres of open field surrounding the main house, it has evolved into surrounding perennial borders accented with garden nooks, shady paths, and a gated garden leading to the patio. Another area is devoted to a traditional cottage garden planted with vegetables and flowers. One of the highlights is the woodland garden with its winding stone path bordered by a continuous assortment of unusual ferns and hostas. Finally there is a vineyard of grapes and an orchard of peach, plum, and berries.

        Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
        Admission: $5

        Directions: From I-287, take Exit 36/Morristown. Turn right onto Morris Street and go 0.25 mile to Park Place. Turn right and right again onto Route 24 West/Washington Street. Go 5.23 miles and turn left onto Kennaday Road. Go 0.58 mile to garden on right.

        From west, take I-80 or I-78 to Route 206. Continue to Route 24 east. Go 6.4 miles. Turn right onto Kennaday Road and go 0.58 mile to garden. Please park on street.
      Started in 1970 on three acres of open field surrounding the main house, it has evolved into surrounding perennial borders accented with garden nooks, shady paths, and a gated garden leading to the patio. Another area is devoted to a traditional cottage garden planted with vegetables and flowers. One of the highlights is the woodland garden with its winding stone path bordered by a continuous assortment of unusual ferns and hostas. Finally there is a vineyard of grapes and an orchard of peach, plum, and berries.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From I-287, take Exit 36/Morristown. Turn right onto Morris Street and go 0.25 mile to Park Place. Turn right and right again onto Route 24 West/Washington Street. Go 5.23 miles and turn left onto Kennaday Road. Go 0.58 mile to garden on right.

      From west, take I-80 or I-78 to Route 206. Continue to Route 24 east. Go 6.4 miles. Turn right onto Kennaday Road and go 0.58 mile to garden. Please park on street.
    When we moved into a mid-century house overlooking the woods, I immediately knew only a naturalistic, informal garden would be appropriate to this place. The garden is hidden. You enter through the house, where you first glimpse the landscape, a sunny glade in the woods, through a wall of large windows. Featuring many big perennials and grasses that evoke an "Alice in Wonderland" feeling (many plants are taller than you), the garden is in the tradition of such “new perennial” designers as Piet Oudolf. Visitors have described it as a highly emotional garden. Plantings emphasize structure, shape, and form as much as flower. Begun as an experiment to explore the potential for working in unimproved, heavy clay, the garden is ecologically like a wet prairie, and is maintained by cutting and burning in late winter. Flowers and butterflies peak in mid-July, then a second peak occurs in October when low sunlight strikes fire in the blowsy russets and golds of the grasses. A small pond attracts hundreds of frogs, insects and wildlife. 

    Please note: This garden will not be open on July 19 as originally scheduled in the 2014 Open Days Directory; we apologize for any inconvenience.

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Admission: $5

    Directions: From New York City, take I-78. Take Exit 29 for I-287 toward Route 206/Route 202/Morristown/Somerville. Keep left at fork and onto I-287 South for about 4 miles. Take Exit 17 onto Route 202 and continue to Flemington (about 19 miles). At traffic circle, continue to opposite side, and continue on Route 202 (about 10.8 miles) to last exit in New Jersey/ Lambertville/Route 29. At foot of exit, turn left, then at bottom of exit, turn right onto Route 29/River Road/Daniel Bray Highway. Continue north, passing through village of Stockton, for a total of 5.1 miles from Lambertville. On right is large sign for Hidden Valley Nursery. Federal Twist Road is immediately past sign. Turn right and drive up Federal Twist Road 2.9 miles to #208. Park on right (house side), taking care to leave left lane open.

    From western Philadelphia suburbs, take I-276 East/Pennsylvania Turnpike east to Exit 343. Exit on Route 611 North toward Doylestown. In about 10 miles, exit onto Route 202N/New Hope. Cross toll bridge over Delaware River, exiting immediately on New Jersey side toward Lambertville. At foot of exit, turn left onto Route 29 North/River Road/Daniel Bray Highway. Continue north, through village of Stockton. Proceed as directed above.

    From northern New Jersey or Hudson River Valley, take I-287 South, take Exit 17 onto Route 202 and continue to Flemington (about 19 miles), at traffic circle continue to opposite side, and continue on Route 202 (about 10.8 miles) to last exit in New Jersey, Lambertville/Route 29. Proceed as directed above.

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    Open Day 

     
    Title:
    Bergen, Morris and Union County Open Day
    When:
    07/12/2014 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    1. Regina and Kenneth Carlson     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      105 Mountain Avenue
      Summit, NJ 07901
      Our garden does show the benefits of forty years of work by me and my husband, plus what I’ve learned by voracious reading and visiting about 500 gardens, mostly in England. Now, with an aching back (forty years of garden work), I’ve added more than seventy-five shrubs, trees, and vines, with the goal of lower maintenance, and am enjoying exploring these categories of plants, and having plants that make a bigger impression, especially in winter. These additions have plumped up our quarter-acre suburban garden, which already had more than 4,000 square feet of flower and shrub beds and more than 500 varieties of plants, a goodly number of them uncommon, many of them wildflowers (weeds?) I learned to love in England. But, with plants in swathes, laid out in beds with bold and functional curves, our garden still has an uncrowded and peaceful feel, even during its July peak of blossoming lilies, daylilies, and phlox. Through the decades, my husband and I have added structures and features designed (and many made) by us, most made simply and economically, including a two-level deck high above the yard and enclosed with vine-covered lattice, a flowery balcony above the upper deck, a patio nestled into a flower bed, an arbor crowning divided steps down a bank, a two-story and other trellises, a tuteur, a stone "loveseat" built into a slope, (small) twin bridges over a swale (drainage ditch), and, screened by shrubs, trees, and lattice, two pairs of nice-looking compost bins and a tumbler for kitchen scraps (the City of Summit has given us its composting award, citing our “composting, educational activities on composting, and beautiful garden”). I lecture on conserving time, energy, money, and the environment while gardening and about visiting English gardens, with photos by my husband. Our garden showcases our practices and experiences. 

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From Route 24, take Summit Avenue Exit (about 2 miles west of Exit 48/Route 78, about 7 miles east of Exit 37/Route 287), go south on Summit Avenue/Elm Street about 1.8 miles to Mountain Avenue, at stop sign. Turn right onto Mountain and go 0.25 mile to #105, directly opposite Montview Road, and park on Montview. GPS note: verify you are directed to Mountain Avenue at Montview, about 100 feet from intersection of Maple and Myrtle, less than 1 mile south of intersection of Mountain with Morris and Overlook Hospital.


      Photo: Kenneth Carlson
    2. Jones Garden     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      123 Mountainside Drive
      Randolph, NJ 07869
      Our garden includes about one half of our one-acre property. After about four decades, the garden has changed from a plant lovers collection to a more focused and designed display. Sunny borders by the pool are inspired by the Long Border and the Exotic Garden of Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter. The shade garden features many plants with interesting foliage, variegation, color, texture, and structure; as well as typical woodland plants. In the front a "deer resistant" garden tries to stay one step ahead of the increasingly eclectic tastes of the local deer herd.

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From I-287, take Exit 39 to Route 10 West for 5 miles to Franklin Road (traffic light, Exxon gas station on right). Go through traffic light, taking Shongum exit onto Franklin Road South, which becomes Openaki Road. About 0.7 mile from Route 10, turn right onto Mountainside Drive. Garden is on left, 0.3 mile from Openaki, at #123. Please park on street.

    3. Linda Singer     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      170 Tekening Drive
      Tenafly, NJ 07670
      I designed this romantic garden to include bluestone walks and patios, fieldstone sitting walls, rose-and-vine-covered arbors and trellises, stone ornaments, a swimming pool, and a small vegetable garden enclosed by a white picket fence. There are perennial and mixed borders. A cottage garden is of special interest for a wide variety of flowering shrubs. The greatest challenge is thwarting the legions of deer, moles, voles, field mice, and rabbits that love the garden as much as I do. I have lots of volunteer plants to give away if you do the bending. 

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From Palisades Parkway, take Exit 1/Englewood/Palisades Avenue. Turn right at first traffic light onto Sylvan Avenue/Route 9W, drive north about 3 miles. Turn left at light onto East Clinton Avenue. Go 0.5 mile and turn right onto Ridge Road. Go 1 block and turn right onto Berkeley Drive. Go 1 block and turn left onto Highwood Road. Go 2 blocks and turn right onto Tekening Drive. House is third on right. A sign with #170 is high on a tree. Please park on street.


      Photo: Mary Jasch

    Open Days Schedule

    Open Day 

     
    Title:
    Essex County Open Day
    When:
    09/06/2014 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    1. Graeme Hardie     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      210 Rutgers Place
      Nutley, NJ 07110-1838
      I have fun with my “jungle” garden! Walking into it you are transported into a world far from New Jersey. It is a small forty-by-sixty-foot walled garden, but through the summer it grows and grows and overwhelms and delights me and all who come to enjoy it! For its size, it is richly planted in perennials and tropical plants—a mix that works to great effect. My garden is one of texture and contrasting leaf form and color. Good use has been made of level changes, affording the garden the experience of, at one point, having an overview of the garden and the next, walking under and being surrounded by it. The garden boasts bold sculpture, terraces, and a well-hidden hot tub. Richard Hartlage who continues to be involved with it designed the garden. The garden was featured in Garden Design magazine in February 2005 and awarded a Golden Trowel Award in the Professional category. It was again featured in Garden Design magazine in April 2006. In 2007, it was one of ten Open Days gardens featured in a special issue of Fine Gardening entitled Great Gardens. It was also featured inTraditional Home magazine in September 2000 and on the New Jersey television program “State of the Arts” which won an Emmy for the producers. Yes, it amazes me how it has won wide acclaim. In 2008, The New York Times did a major feature on the garden and also Silas Mountsier’s garden. To read it click here. To facilitate the Open Day visit, $10 for both the Mountsier and Hardie garden will be collected at the 205 station. Garden clubs and other groups are welcome for a guided tour by appointment making contributions to the Open Days Program. Contact: graemehard@aol.com 

      Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Admission: $5

      Directions: From Lincoln Tunnel or Exit 16 from I-95/New Jersey Turnpike, go west on Route 3. 

      From Garden State Parkway, go east on Route 3. From either direction, go to Main Avenue/Nutley/Passaic exit. At end of exit ramp, turn left and go through 2 traffic lights (3 lights if coming from west). After this light, go straight. Rutgers Place is fourth street on left. Come up Rutgers Place to top of hill; when road flattens, #210 is on left.

    2. Silas Mountsier     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      205 Rutgers Place
      Nutley, NJ 07110
      I love my garden! Do come in spring to see it bursting forth and enjoy it with me! It is the best time to see the strong bones of the garden and with the bright colors of thousands of spring bulbs illuminating it! Then from my garden it is one and one-half miles to the largest display of flowering cherries in the United States—so you can really feast on the glory of spring from here. Return again on September 6th (and read a more detailed garden description under this date) and see the garden in full flush. Over the last twenty-two years, Richard Hartlage, the talented garden designer, has designed my garden. Garden clubs and other groups are welcome for a guided tour by appointment making contributions to the Open Days Program. Contact: graemehard@aol.com. 

      Directions: From Lincoln Tunnel or Exit 16, from I-95/New Jersey Turnpike, go west on Route 3. 

      From Garden State Parkway, go east on Route 3. From both directions, go to Main Avenue/Nutley/Passaic exit. At end of exit ramp, turn left and go through 2 traffic lights (3 lights if coming from west). After this light, go straight ahead. Rutgers Place is fourth street on left. Come up Rutgers Place to top of hill; when road flattens, #205 is on right.


      Admission: $5


      Photo: Graeme Hardie

    Public Garden

    1. The Secret Garden at 377     10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
      377 South Harrison Street
      East Orange, NJ 07018
      This one-acre, formal Italian garden designed by William T. Gotelli, sits atop the Harrison Park Towers parking garage and is entered through our lobby. We have a number of dwarf conifers and other shrubs which came from Gotelli's personal gardens in South Orange prior to his donation of plants and trees to the National Arboretum. (http://melissaclarkphotography.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/the-gotelli-collection-hidden-treasures-at-the-national-arboretum) At the end of his life, he moved into the building so that he could enjoy this lifetime design achievement. The garden has just completed a number of major restoration steps to recover from a large construction project involving the drainage system and the garage upon which it sits. The garden is a very special feature of this almost 300-unit cooperative apartment community.

      Hours: Special Garden Conservancy Open Days, April 19, May 17 & September 6; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Otherwise by appointment only by contacting Ron Carter at (973) 202-4728 or rcarter31@aol.com.


      Admission: Free

      Directions: From I-280 East take exit for Harrison Street/Clinton Street/East Orange. Turn right onto Harrison Street and cross Central Avenue. Proceed along Harrison past a large open lot on right. Pass East Highland Avenue and turn right into 377 South Harrison. Note a large sign: 377 and turn immediately prior to it. Park in The Visitors Parking Lot and walk to the front entrance under the overhang nearest South Harrison Street. Alternate parking is available along Elmwood Avenue which is a left turn off Harrison immediately in front of the building. Ignore the signs about permits and be careful crossing South Harrison at the cross walk.

      From I-280 West take Exit 12A toward Clinton Street/East Orange. Follow along onto Freeway Drive westbound. Turn left onto South Harrison Street. Cross Central Avenue. Proceed as directed above.
       
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