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Public Gardens in NJ

Last updated on March 2, 2020 at 11:07 am

They don’t call New Jersey the Garden State for nothing. Check out some of the beauty in your area this summer. What are your favorite public gardens in NJ? Plymouth Rock wants you to share the spot and a description in the comments.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary – Short Hills, NJ

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is a historic woodlands garden and education institution whose mission is to foster and promote environmental awareness, education and stewardship within the greater community. This 16.5 acre sanctuary is home to over 45 species of trees, 150 species of wildflowers and 100 species of birds.  It’s also free to the public!

Brookdale Park Rose Garden – Bloomfield, NJ

This park offers the public access to both passive and active recreational activities, as well as picturesque vistas. With music events and happenings every Friday in July, this garden is a must see for the summer.

Hunterdon County Arboretum – Lebanon, NJ

This beautiful area in Clinton Township is often host to intimate weddings and photography sessions.

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Arboretum – Pennington, NJ

Set on 930 acres, visitors can interact with the environment and explore New Jersey’s natural habitats.

David C. Shaw Arboretum – Holmdel , NJ

This park was established in 1963 and has over 22 acres containing hundreds of different species and varieties of ornamental trees and shrubs.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum – Morris Township, NJ

This arboretum promotes knowledge and enjoyment of horticulture and the natural world, and strives to preserve and maintain the beauty of this most valued community resource.

Macculloch Hall Gardens – Morristown, NJ

The highlights of this amazing compound include the wisteria trellised along the rear porch, and a sundial on the upper lawn installed in 1876. There are over 65 varieties of heirloom roses to see in this amazing garden reserve.

Rutgers Gardens – New Brunswick, NJ

This 180-acre arboretum and public garden is the official garden of Rutgers University. It’s open 8:30 am until dusk, all year round. There is no visitor’s fee, however you may set up a guided tour for a nominal charge.

Willowwood Arboretum – Chester, NJ

This arboretum is open 365 days a year from 8 am to dusk and free to the public and was featured on “Open Spaces & Historic Places” series from Greener New Jersey Productions.

Leonard J. Buck Garden – Far Hills, NJ

This garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States! Established in the 1930s, this 33-acre wooded stream valley consists of alpine and woodland gardens.

Butterfly Garden at Cape May Bird Observatory – Cape May Court House, NJ

This observatory fosters environmental awareness and conservation among New Jersey’s citizens. It protects its birds, mammals, other animals, and plants and promotes the preservation of NJ’s valuable and natural habitats.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens – North Wildwood, NJ

This Victorian-style park and gardens surrounds the lighthouse and has over 200 plant varieties and many different gardens to explore. The grounds have been featured in many magazines and books. The gardens are also a favorite haunt of birders and butterfly watchers.

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