New Jersey Botanical Gardens and Arboretums

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The popular Botanical Gardens and Arboretums

in New Jersey that display a wide variety of plants, shrubs, and trees that have been cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes.


Some of the gardens and Arboretums include a reference library, a herbarium, and greenhouses.




North Jersey Gardens


Cora Hartshorn Arboretun, New JerseyCora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
324 Forest Drive South,
Short Hills, NJ 07078

An historic woodlands garden and educational institution. They promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment through programs that integrate arts, sciences and the humanities. The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, outreach, research, and zoological/horticultural display. The Arboretum provides services to local schools, community institutions and citizens of all ages.




Cross Estate Gardens, NJCross Estate Gardens
New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation
Old Jockey Hollow Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
The gardens are intended to offer visitors a view of historic trees and learn about their importance to native Americans and colonists. Located on the property of the New Jersey Brigade Unit of the Morristown National Historical Park, the gardens feature a variety of perennials, a wisteria-covered pergola, a mountain laurel allee, native plants, and large specimen trees. The gardens can be experienced as a self-guided walk. Hiking trails are also on the site and connect to trails in Jockey Hollow, Lewis Morris Park, and the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary (New Jersey Audubon).
The Gardens are open from dawn to dusk and admission and parking are free.



Frelinghuysen Arboretum , NJFrelinghuysen Arboretum
53 East Hanover Ave
Morristown, NJ
(973) 326-7600
A 127-acre park that provides a beautiful setting for visitors to take a casual walk around its beautiful Colonial Revival mansion to stroll amongst the beautiful gardens, woodlands, shrubs, and meadows, to discover and learn about plants that are ideally to the soils and climate of Morris County. Self-guiding trail maps and information are provided.




Leonard J Buck Garden, NJLeonard J. Buck Garden
11 Layton Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931
908 234-2677

The Leonard J. Buck Garden is a nationally recognized rock garden.
Since the late 1930s when the garden was established, the garden covering a 29 acre wooded stream valley has grown to include a range of planted rock outcroppings and woodland gardens. Named after Leonard J. Buck, who created the garden on his his estate, it subsequently donated in 1976 by Helen Buck to the Somerset County Park Commission. Visitors to the Leonard J. Buck Garden can expect to discover an amazing variety of exotic rare rock garden plants, beautifully landscaped amongst rock formations. Visitors can wander the wooded trails that filled with wildflowers, ferns, and other shade plants. Below the Visitor Center, the F. Gordon Foster Fern Collection contains a shade garden of hardy ferns and perennials. The peak season of bloom is in spring, when delicate wildflowers, diminutive alpines, and colorful azaleas all compete for attention, however horticultural interest is abundant throughout the year.




New Jersey Botanical GardenNew Jersey Botanical Garden
2 Morris Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Spend a couple of hours wandering through the 96 acre gardens with over 400 varieties of lilac. Take a casual stroll though the woodland paths of magnolia walk and crab apples. The gardens contain mostly mostly annuals and as a result return visitors will experience a change throughout the seasons and from past years. There are also attractive fawns and small "Four Seasons" statues anchoring the ovals in the corners. Stop by for a visit at the magnificent Tudor-style manor house. . Admission is free.



Presby Memorial Iris Garden, New JerseyPresby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
This living museum, listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Sites, offers a spectacular display of thousands of iris varieties to visitors from all over the world. Blooming season runs from mid-may through June



Reeves-Reed Arboretum NJReeves-Reed Arboretum and Gardens
165 Hobart Ave.
Summit, NJ
(908) 273-8787

The arboretum is attractive for visitors who are interested in experiencing and learning more about woodlands and gardens and to leave with the added knowledge of how they can become better stewards of nature and the environment. The site covers 13 acres of landscaped lawns, gardens and woodlands. It includes 5 1/2 acres of formal gardens. The gardens represent design trends of the early 20th century. Recently they have undergone restoration of the historic Wisner House, the Azalea Garden, and the Rock Garden. They also have a variety of children's educational programs and can host children's birthday parties.



Van Fleck House and Garden, Montclair, NJVan Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Discover the beauty of the historic house and gardens on a 6 acres with over 400 varieties of trees and shrubs. The Van Vleck estate and gardens is an excellent example of the large estates built in this New York City suburb during the late 1800s.They also offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children Open daily, 9am to 5pm. Admission is Free


Willowwood Arboretum, Far Hills, NJWillowwood Arboretum
300 Long View Road
Far Hills, NJ
(973) 326-7600

130 acres of rolling farm land, has about 2,100 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them are rare. In addition to the formal gardens near the residence and undisturbed forest, historic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, a superb specimen of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) now more than 98’ tall, masses of ferns and handsome stands of field and forest wild flowers. open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from dawn to dusk. Visitors are invited to enjoy the gardens Spring through Fall. During Winter, the Ornamentals Collection offers evergreen and deciduous plants featuring interesting fruit, bark or branching habit.



Central Jersey Gardens


Deep Cut Gardens, NJDeep Cut Gardens
152 Red Hill Road
Middletown, NJ 07748
(732) 671-6050
Deep Cut Gardens, with over 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses, is an ideal place for the home gardener to enjoy the huge variety of native plants through the seasons. One of the sections features renovated Parterre with 52 varieties of roses with over 180 bushes. The gardens can be enjoyed by taking a casual walking tour or stopping by visitors center and the reference library to speak to one of the horticultural specialists.



Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJGrounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
(609) 586-0616


The Grounds For Sculpture is a 35-acre park that attracts over 100,000 visitors each year to enjoy the beautiful gardens, the outdoor permanent sculpture collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and to learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind..


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Rutgers Garden, NJRutgers Gardens
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Made up of a collection of specialty gardens geared to promoting and providing accurate information about the art of horticulture and the relationship between plants, human health and nutrition in the designed, as well as in the natural landscape. It includes:
Donald B. Lacey Display Garden - One of the most unusual and colorful displays annuals, tropicals, herbs and vegetables in NJ.
The Roy H. DeBoer Evergreen Garden - The evergreens are grouped by genus around the great sunken lawn, with a large weeping white pine serving as the focal point.
The Ella Quimby Water Conservation Terrace Gardens - A series of terraces demonstrating the sustainment of drought tolerant plants.
American Hollies - Displays an unusual collection of native evergreens.
Shrub Collection - Features the oldest collection of lilacs, both hybrids and species that were originally planted in 1927.
Rain Garden - Displays attractive and environmentally sensitive additions to residential, commercial and municipal properties.
Rhododendron and Azalea Garden - This garden was designed as a garden community integrating small trees with a variety of shrubs --- emphasis is on Rhododendrons and ground covers.
They also offer children's programs including group field trips, summer camp, and self guided tours. Open 365 days a year. Admission is free.



Sayen Botanical Garden, NJSayen Park Botanical Garden
155 Hughes Drive
Hamilton Square
Hamilton Township, NJ
(609) 890-3874
Also known as Sayen House and Gardens, this 30 acre botanical garden is a municipal park with more than 1,000 azaleas, nearly 500 rhododendrons, and more than 250,000 flowering bulbs for spring display. The garden also is beautifully arranged with ponds, bridges, gazebos, and walking trails. The Gardens are at their peak in the spring when they have their annual Azalea Festival each Mother's Day, during which Sayen House is open to the public from 10AM to 4PM. Held Rain or Shine. The Sayen House can be rented by both Township and non-residents for private functions like wedding receptions, fund raisers, and other events


South Jersey Gardens



Camden Children's Garden, NJCamden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
This 4 acre indoor and outdoor center is enjoyed by both children and families. Here children can discover and explore the natural world. The garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play. The Garden includes three indoor attractions and other outdoor exhibits and activities.



Leamngs Run Gardens, Cape May, NJLeaming’s Run Gardens
1845 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 465-5871
Leaming’s Run Gardens is the ideal place to observe a variety of plant, insect, and animal life in a natural environment. Their ponds are teeming with fish, eels, frogs, and turtles. Rare native plants and mushrooms grow beneath the shade of centuries old oaks, hollies, and pines along with hundreds of lush cinnamon ferns. Butterflies and dragonflies are here in abundance. Hummingbirds make the gardens their temporary home in August. A tour of Leaming’s Run holds delightful surprises for nature lovers of all ages.

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