A Beautiful Day For an Easter Egg Hunt

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 4:17pm

Hunting for Eggs in Freeman Gardens, in Glen Ridge, is a unique experience. It’s like being in a Victorian Era backyard.  Easter treats were hidden among the rose bushes, around the pond, across the lawn and throughout the woodland preserve this morning.  Boys and girls with baskets in hand, searched the grounds and gathered eggs in their baskets, while moms and dads enjoyed coffee and snacks on the flagstone patio.

Located at the intersection of Maolis Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue the gardens , once part of the Freeman family estate, were donated to the town for use as a public space. It  is listed on the state and national registers of historic places.


  1. POSTED BY oliveoyle  |  March 30, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    Freeman Gardens is such a lovely spot. Years ago, I saw a performance of Othello at the site. We sat on blankets & the play was performed on the lawn. I sometimes walk across town to F/G & take pictures of the roses in bloom. Did you know that you can donate a rosebush at F/G as a memorial to a deceased loved one? And, it is all run by volunteers. If you live in Glen Ridge … You should go there.

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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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