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Category: Horticulture

Greenwood Gardens
Short Hills, New Jersey

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013


Greenwood Gardens

Greenwood Gardens ( is looking for a self-motivated, experienced horticulturist with an appreciation for public gardens, history and public education. 

Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a recently opened nonprofit public garden. This 28-acre historic property, circa 1914, includes formal gardens, meadows, natural areas, and many significant garden ornaments, outbuildings and pavilions. The ridge-top elevation affords breath-taking views of the adjacent 2,100 acres of preserved forest and parkland. A $5 million Phase 1 restoration was completed in late 2012, and plans are currently being developed for additional garden and building restorations.

This position offers opportunities to receive advanced experience working under the Director of Horticulture, Louis Bauer, and to contribute to the continuing development of this significant historic property.

Responsibilities include:

-Installation and maintenance of plant collections, including lawns, hedges, trees, perennials and tender plants.

-Operation of power landscape equipment.

-Maintenance of plant records as well as work records.

-Working with other staff, volunteers and supporters to promote the mission and vision of Greenwood Gardens.

-Participation in the design and delivery of horticulture education and public tours.  

-Participation in preparation for, and attendance at, special events.

-One weekend workday during the open season.

-Caring for farm animals (chickens, goats and geese).

-Participation in maintaining buildings, tools and power equipment.

Requirements include:

-At least 5 years of horticulture experience, or a degree in horticulture (or a related discipline)

-Clear written and verbal communication skills

-Ability to lift 50 lbs.

-Valid driver’s license.

-Sense of humor and good interpersonal skills.


Benefits include 403B plan, 3 weeks vacation, holidays, and health insurance. Salary range is $34,000 to $38,000 (commensurate with experience).


Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Elizabeth Johnson

Executive Director

Greenwood Gardens

274 Old Short Hills Road

Short Hills, NJ 07078

973-258-4026, ext. 20


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