Joan S. L. Greentree died at Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover on May 3 surrounded by her loving family.
Born Joan Shapiro in Brooklyn on June 20, 1929, she had lived in Bergen County and Boulder, Colo., before moving to Boonton Twp. in 1987.
One of the first women admitted to the American Society of Landscape Architects, Greentree remained active, working and living independently until shortly before her death. Her most recent projects include the award-winning design for the Mountain Lakes Cove Restoration in 2011 and the City Green Learning Garden in Paterson in 2010.
Her long career included projects for the San Francisco-based firm Lawrence Halperin and Associates, as well as numerous private gardens and public spaces. In addition, her work has been featured in books, magazines and newspaper articles.
Greentree was an active member of several local community groups including the Boonton Twp. Open Space Committee, the Native Plant Society, the Bonsai Club, Friends of the Rockaway River, and City Green. A pioneering environmentalist, she founded one of the first recycling centers in New Jersey in the mid 1960s.
Greentree is survived by her son, Victor Levine and his wife, Kathryn, of Denville; her daughter, Mary Hannah and her husband, Michael Fabian, of Manhattan; five grandchildren, one great grandchild; and many friends, colleagues and admirers.
A private family service was held in her garden and a celebration of her life will take place at a future date. In honor of the lifelong inspiration she received there, donations in her memory can be made to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, bbg.org.
Published in Neighbor News on May 24, 2012