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Somethings Always Blooming at New Jersey Botanical Gardens and Arboretums

There is nothing like the smell of fresh flowers in the spring. But you don’t have to wait till spring to see flowers in New Jersey. There’s always something blooming at the ‘Garden’ State/ New Jersey botanical gardens and arboretums.

Many people do not truly appreciate New Jersey’s beauty and the reason it is called the Garden State. Even though the state is very densely populated, it is still filled with botanical gardens and arboretums. Our family has already visited many of these New Jersey botanical gardens and arboretums listed on multiple occasions. Visiting them has really helped us appreciate one of the charms of living in our state. 

Whether it is seeing the roses in bloom at Deep Creek Gardens, crossing the bridge over water lilies at the Grounds for Sculpture, or seeing the orchids at Duke Farms, New Jersey truly has a lot to offer. Did you know that many of these New Jersey botanical gardens and arboretums are free to visit? What a cheap option for a road trip for large families in New Jersey.  

In our guide, you will find New Jersey’s many gardens and arboretums. They are listed according to North, South and Central Jersey. Within each section, the botanical gardens are listed by county. If you have not started exploring any of these yet, now is one of the best times to start doing so with the advent of spring. Many of these New Jersey botanical gardens and arboretums are open nearly year-round. 

Before you visit New Jersey Botanical Gardens and Arboretums

Before you visit one of these NJ botanical gardens be sure to check the garden details below as well as on their website for important information such as if there is a fee, are pets are allowed, are food and drinks are allowed, and if there are restrooms available. While we aim to always keep this guide updated sometimes changes occur and we’re not notified of them.

Remember to be prepared for different types of weather with appropriate attire. It is best to wear proper walking shoes such as sneakers, hiking boots, or rain boots depending on the terrain you will encounter. It doesn’t hurt to pack the bug spray and sunblock as well. For all gardens where food is allowed it is good to remember to carry in/carry out.

America’s Garden Capital Passport Program

What is America’s Garden Capital Passport Program?

For this program, participants get a free passport either from a garden or online and they can then collect stamps, stickers, etc at each garden. For more details about the program visit americasgardencapital.org/passport. The passport makes a good souvenir of some of your journeys as well. 

Which NJ botanical gardens participate in ​​America’s Garden Capital Passport Program?

Three of the New Jersey botanical gardens and arboretums are also part of America’s Garden Capital Passport program. These include the Grounds for Sculpture, Camden Children’s Garden, and the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve of Medford Leas.

New Jersey Botanical Gardens & Arboretums in North Jersey

New Jersey botanical gardens and arboretums, give families opportunities to get exercise as a family while also discovering new flowers and creating new memories together. Every few weeks something different is blooming. What will you find? Which garden will be your favorite?

Bergen County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

The Thielke Arboretum of Glen Rock

The Thielke Arboretum is located at 460 Doremus Avenue Glen Rock, NJ 07452. The location is right next to the athletic fields on Doremus Avenue and the Glen Rock Pool.


The Thielke Arboretum is an eleven-acre combination of a wetland forest, trails, gardens, a brook, a bird sanctuary, and a spring-fed pond. It is also well known for its antique gazebo near its dogwood trees. There are wooden bridges, many benches to sit on, and a natural play area.

What’s blooming at the Thielke Arboretum?

  • In spring, daffodils, peonies, and mayapples are blooming. 
  • In summer, purple alliums are blooming.
  • During the fall, the witch hazel trees have yellow flowers that bloom. 
  • In winter, Eastern skunk cabbage blooms.

How much is admission at Thielke Arboretum?

Admission to Thielke Arboretum is free.

When is the Thielke Arboretum open?

The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk every day of the week. The Vielbo/ Scerbo Environmental Education Center is open from 9 am to noon on Saturday and from noon until 3 pm on Sunday. It is also open from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday to Wednesday.

Popular Events

They offer programs throughout the year such as walks in the woods, preschooler programs, storybook trails, and family scavenger hunts. Learn about their events on their event calendar.

How accessible are the gardens at Thielke Arboretum?

The trail is moderately accessible. It is not paved but is dirt and well maintained. The loop trail is 0.90 miles long.

5 more things to know before visiting the Thielke Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed. 
  • There are restrooms on the property. They are located within the environmental education center when it is open and next to the children’s playground.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property.
  • The arboretum is accessible from the path at 412 Doremus Avenue. Parking is on the street. Parking is available at the pool parking lot and on the West Side of Doremus Avenue. For more parking information visit this page: https://glenrocknj.net/arboretum
  • Pets are not allowed at the Thielke Arboretum.

Learn more at their website www.thielkearboretum.org or by emailing [email protected].

Essex County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens are located at 474 Upper Mountain Avenue Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens reopens each spring for the public to view their amazing irises. It is known as the rainbow on the hill. They have over 100,000 flowers blooming over the course of a few weeks. It was started as a memorial to one of the founders of the American Iris Society and resident of Montclair in 1927. Frank H. Presby had wanted to give some of his iris collection to Mountainside Park. There is also a Bloom Room Gift Shop as well as a Presbee Sanctuary holding 7 active hives.

Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair New Jersey
Photo Credit Presby Iris Gardens

What’s blooming at the Presby Iris Gardens?

  • In spring, irises are blooming. View all the different varieties on this page.

How much is admission at Presby Iris Gardens?

Admission at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is free but there is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

When is the Presby Iris Gardens open?

The gardens are open from May 12th until June 3rd from dawn until dusk. The Bloom Room Gift Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm and is located within the 1851 Historic Walther House. Iris honey can be bought here. The entrance has a seven step staircase.

Popular Events

The next event is Live Music in the Gardens on May 14, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm. Japanese drummers will be performing on the grass at the center of the gardens. Later there will be an Outdoor Movie Night and Summer Mystery Bag sale announced as well.

How accessible are the gardens at Presby Iris Gardens?

The gardens are not handicap accessible.

Let's Boogie iris from the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair New Jersey
Let’s Boogie iris from the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair New Jersey. Photo Credit Presby Iris Gardens

7 more things to know before visiting the Presby Iris Gardens

  • Strollers are allowed but they would need to have wide wheels to be able to be pushed over the grass. 
  • There are no restrooms on the property. The county often brings in porta johns during the bloom season. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. They should not be had near the gardens but there are picnic tables above the gardens. They are not easy to access for those with limited mobility since they are atop a grassy hill. 
  • Parking is on the street side of Upper Mountain Avenue on the garden side. Parking is prohibited past Presby’s driveway on Upper Mountain Avenue. For more parking information visit their site.
  • Dogs are allowed at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens but they must remain on leashes at all times. 
  • Smoking is not allowed and flowers should not be touched. For other garden etiquette rules visit their page.
  • To learn more about the iris plants visit this page of their site.

Learn more at their website presbyirisgardens.org or call 973-783-5974.

Avis Campbell Gardens in Montclair

The Avis Campbell Gardens are located behind 60 South Fullerton Street Montclair, NJ 07042.

Who enjoys the book The Secret Garden? The Avis Campbell Gardens are a secret garden of Montclair that is hidden behind the United Way building and open to the public from the spring to the fall.

This year they are celebrating their 70th birthday! The gardens form a “Wheel of Life” pattern with a fountain in the center of the design. They are well known for their beautiful tulips. There are many butterflies and other flowers that can be seen there as well.

Avis Campbell Gardens in Montclair New Jersey
Photo Credit Avis Campbell Gardens

What’s blooming at the Avis Campbell Gardens?

  • In spring, hellebores, peonies, and tulips are blooming. 
  • In summer, you can see roses, daisies, foxgloves, and Asiatic lilies blooming. 
  • During the fall, dahlias are blooming.

How much is admission at Avis Campbell Gardens?

Admission to the Avis Campbell Gardens is free.

When is the Avis Campbell Gardens open?

They are open year-round from dawn to dusk.

How accessible are the gardens at Avis Campbell Gardens?

The gardens are accessible. There are grassy areas and brick pathways. There are no gates or fences.

Avis Campbell Gardens in Montclair New Jersey
Photo Credit Avis Campbell Gardens

5 more things to know before visiting the Avis Campbell Gardens

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are no restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property as long as visitors take their garbage away with them.
  • Parking is on the street or nearby on parking decks. 
  • Pets are allowed at the Avis Campbell Gardens if they remain on a leash.

Learn more at their website gardenclubofmontclair.com/avis-campbell-gardens.

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is located at 324 Forest Drive South Short Hills, NJ 07078. 

This is a 16.5-acre woodland garden with an educational institution. It is home to over forty species of trees and 150 species of native wildflowers. It is also home to many migrating birds in the spring and fall such as the American Goldfinches.

There are about 3 miles of trails and some of the terrain is hilly. There are benches located throughout the grounds. The Stone House has some animal exhibits and some small live animals as well. There is also a little free nature library.

What’s blooming at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum?

  • In spring, celandine wood poppies, trout lilies, violets, and Virginia bluebells bloom. Various birds can be seen such as palm warblers, hermit thrushes, rose-breasted grosbeaks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and more. 
  • In summer, you can see milkweed, Viburnum Acerifoloum, Mapleleaf Viburnum, and Ascierpias Syriaca bloom. 
  • During the fall, witch hazel blooms. Various birds can be seen such as pine siskins. 
  • In winter, skunk cabbage blooms.

How much is admission at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum?

Admission to the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is free.

When is the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum open?

This arboretum is open from dawn to dusk daily. The trails are currently open. The building is currently closed. To access the trails there are two gates behind the building off of Forest Drive and from two gates on the creek trail that is behind Chatham Road. Be sure to close the gate doors.

Popular Events

  • Native Plant Hikes
  • Hike-a-thons. 
  • Summer camps. 
  • Educational programs for children
  • Hot chocolate hikes
  • Take and make crafts and more. 

How accessible are the gardens at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum?

The building is accessible but it is currently closed. The arboretum is not accessible.

6 more things to know before visiting the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property but they are currently not open since the building is closed. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. Make sure to take your trash with you. 
  • There is no parking lot. Parking is on a residential street. For parking, details visit hartshornarboretum.org/visitors/parking/
  • Pets are not allowed at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum.
  • Review the trail map.

Learn more at their website hartshornarboretum.org or by calling 973-376-3587.

Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills

Greenwood Gardens is located at 274 Short Hills Rd Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Greenwood Gardens is a 28-acre garden that was formerly an estate of Joseph P. Day. The original mansion was replaced with a smaller house that is still on the property by the Blanchards who later owned the property.

The garden includes unique features such as a Teahouse, stone columns, ponds, garden sculptures, and more. Pollinators such as Black Eastern Swallowtail butterflies can be seen on the grounds. There are benches throughout the gardens.

What’s blooming at the Greenwood Gardens?

  • In spring, snowdrops, star magnolias, hellebores, tulips, and daffodils are blooming. 
  • In summer, you can see Japanese anemones, elephant ears, coneflowers, and lacecap hydrangeas bloom. 
  • During the fall, camellias and dahlias are blooming. 
  • In winter, wintersweet and greenwood are blooming.

How much is admission at Greenwood Gardens?

There is a fee for admission to Greenwood Gardens. Members and those 3 and under are free. As of April 19, 2022, it costs $15 for anyone from ages 13 to 64 years old. Seniors and students who have IDs are $10. Children from 3 to 12 years old are $5.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended. The cottage and main house are not open.

When are the Greenwood Gardens open?

The garden is open from May 1, 2022, to November 5, 2022, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm with the last entry at 3:30 pm.

Popular Events

There are numerous upcoming events such as bird walks and a Jazz in the Gardens concert series. These can be found on their Facebook page and website.

Greenwood Community Day is on May 6th where admission to the gardens will be free. Register ahead of time. Teachers who present their district cards will receive a free gift. 

How accessible are the gardens at Greenwood Gardens?

The Main Terrace which has partial views of the garden is accessible to all visitors. There is also accessible parking. The rest of the landscaping is not handicap accessible.

10 more things to know before visiting the Greenwood Gardens

  • Strollers are not allowed. There is stroller parking on the East Terrace.
  • There are public restrooms. 
  • Food and drink are not allowed on the property except for in Adelaide’s cafe. Visitors are allowed to bring their own lunch. Only personal water bottles are allowed in the gardens. 
  • Parking is complimentary. Visit this page for directions to the parking.
  • To find your way from the parking lot to the gardens and to see a Self-Guided Walking Tour visit this page
  • Pets are not allowed unless they are certified service animals.   
  • Visitors should arrive within 30 minutes of their time slot.
  • Tick spray is recommended. 
  • There are self-guided maps and garden guides at the Ticket Kiosk. 
  • There is a gift shop at the visitor center. 

Learn more at their website greenwoodgardens.org or call 973-258-4026.

Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair

Van Vleck Gardens is located at 21 Van Vleck Street Montclair, NJ 07042.

The Van Vleck Gardens are a beautiful sight to see in the middle of Montclair. It is a 5.8-acre property that used to be a private home for the Van Vleck family for three generations. The property is great to visit to see what large homes built in the suburbs used to look like that were built in the Mediterranean style.

The Van Vleck house is now a center for different non-profit organizations. There are horticultural programs that occur throughout the year. There is a Wisteria Courtyard, Formal Garden, Winter Garden, Azalea Walk, Tennis Court Garden, Children’s Butterfly Garden, Outdoor Classroom and Courtyard, Visitor Center, Edible Garden, and Education Center.

What’s blooming at the Van Vleck Gardens?

  • In spring, wisteria, daffodils, periwinkle, bloodroot, winter hazel, Japanese cornel dogwoods, and Japanese andromeda are blooming.
  • In summer, Japanese stewartia trees and seven sons flowers are blooming. 
  • During the fall, sulfur cosmos, groundcover roses, holly tea olives, and monkshood are blooming.
  • In winter, witch hazel, snowdrops, winter aconites, snow crocuses, American holly, and Lenten roses are blooming.

How much is admission at Van Vleck Gardens?

Admission to the Van Vleck Gardens is free.

When are the Van Vleck Gardens open?

The Van Vleck Gardens are open year-round from 8 am until sundown unless there is a special event being held there. The House is closed to the public.

Popular Events

There are numerous upcoming events that can be found at vanvleck.org/events. Most of these events do have various fees for the activity. These include Tales on the Trails, Outdoor Adventures: Earth Day, Junior Gardeners, Spring Plants Sale, and a Concert series.

How accessible are the gardens at Van Vleck Gardens?

There are areas of the garden that are not accessible.

7 more things to know before visiting the Van Vleck Gardens

  • Moms recommend wearing baby carriers to this garden. 
  • There are restrooms on the property currently open in the Visitor’s Center. 
  • Picnicking and coolers are not allowed. 
  • Parking is onsite and is limited. There is also free street parking. 
  • Pets are not allowed at the Van Vleck Gardens since they are a designated wildlife preserve.
  • A virtual tour of the gardens or a cell phone tour is available at vanvleck.oncell.com/en/tour-options-66468.html
  • Masks are not required outdoors but they are recommended. Visitors are advised to stay 3 feet apart from one another. 

Learn more at their website vanvleck.org or call 973-744-4752.

Hudson County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

  • We are unaware of any gardens or arboretums in Hudson County.

Morris County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Willowwood Arboretum in Chester

Willowwood Arboretum is located at 14 Long Brook Rd Far Hills, NJ 07931.

The Willowwood Arboretum is a beautiful public garden managed by the Morris County Park Commision that contains meadows, woodlands and brooks. It is adjacent to the Highlands region which starts at the Bamboo Brook.

Willowwood Arboretum is well known for its beautiful lilacs. There are many kinds including the Common, Preston, Chinese, Henry’s, Chinese Tree, Early Flowering, Meyer and LittleLeaf Lilacs. Aside from its flowers it has many types of trees including lilac, oak, magnolia, maple, willow, pine and even a Dawn redwood. The many wildflowers encourage pollinators to visit the gardens as well.

The arboretum is gated and fenced in. There are chairs throughout to sit on as well.

What’s blooming at the Willowwood Arboretum?

  • In spring, lilacs are blooming. 
  • In summer, you can see bergamot, goldenrod, dahlias, phlox, black eyed susans and lilies are blooming. 
  • During the fall, elephant ears and Kiss Me Over the Garden Gates are blooming. 
  • In winter, snowdrops, viburnum, witch hazel and crocuses are blooming.

How much is admission at Willowwood Arboretum?

Admission at Willowwood Arboretum is free. There is only a fee for some special events.

When is the Willowwood Arboretum open?

The Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook are open daily from 8 am until dusk. It is open yearround.

Popular Events

The garden events can be found on their event calendar. https://willowwoodarboretum.org/Events/.

 The Annual Lilac Party has been canceled for 2022.

How accessible are the gardens at Willowwood Arboretum?

People in wheelchairs will have a graveled parking lot after which there will be a stone and macadam walking path that goes from there past the Stone Barn, the Greenhouse and the Cottage Garden Entrance towards the Tubbs House. There are some uneven pathways between flower beds.

10 more things to know before visiting the Willowwood Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are portajohns on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property and there are picnic tables.
  • Parking and handicapped parking is at the main parking area. For larger events there is also parking in the field parking area. 
  • There are no pets allowed at the Willowwood Arboretum. 
  • For directions visit this page.  
  • You can view their new lilac tour brochure online.  
  • Masks and social distancing guidelines should be followed. 
  • No smoking is allowed. 
  • There is a trail that goes from Bamboo Brook to the Willowbrook Arboretum. View the trail map online.

Learn more at their website willowwoodarboretum.org. The Morris County Park System can be reached at 973-326-7600.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is located at 353 East Hanover Avenue Morris Township, NJ 07692. The GPS coordinates are at 40.805500,-74.451900. 

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is 127 acres that was formerly a summer home called Whippany Farm for the Frelinghuysen family in the early 1900’s. After their daughter Matilda passed away she bequeathed the land to Morris County as a public arboretum which was dedicated in 1971. There is also a Haggerty Education Center that opened in 1989.

What’s blooming at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum?

  • In spring, Japanese flowering apricots, scarlet storms, pasque flowers, tulips and crocuses are blooming. 
  • In summer, you can see hydrangeas, lilies, dahlias, begonias, ox-eye hybrids and nasturtiums blooming.
  • During the fall, chrysanthemums are blooming.
  • In winter, paperbush, witch hazel and snowdrops are blooming.

How much is admission at Frelinghuysen Arboretum?

Admission to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is free. The buildings are still closed and Matilda’s Cafe is closed as well.

When is the Frelinghuysen Arboretum open?

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is open seven days a week from 8 am to dusk. Be aware that hunting is permitted in the fall and winter. For more details on hunting visit this the Morris Parks page.

Popular Events

Events at the Arboretum can be found on their event calendar. As of April 19, 2022, most events are still virtual.

Pollinator day will be on June 25, 2022 with no registration required. Times should be from 10 am to 2 pm but have yet to be confirmed (as of April 19, 2022). Experts will talk about various pollinators, guides will lead visitors around the grounds to find them and horticulturalists will be there to tell visitors which plants are the best for encouraging pollinators. There will also be activities under the big test at the top of the parking lot.

How accessible are the gardens at Frelinghuysen Arboretum?

The areas around the Haggerty Center and Mansion at the Arboretum are wheelchair accessible. This area is level with paved paths. Other arboretum areas do not have wheelchair access.

7 more things to know before visiting the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed. 
  • There are portapotties on the property. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. 
  • Parking is limited. 
  • Pets are not allowed at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
  • You can view the Frelinghuysen Arboretum map online.
  • To learn the best way to take a 30 minute stroll around the arboretum visit the Frelinghuysen Arboretum Friends page.

Learn more at their website arboretumfriends.org or call 973-326-7601.

Passaic County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood

The New Jersey Botanical Garden is located at Morris Road Ringwood, NJ 07456. The GPS coordinates are N 41.126950 W 74.23954.

The New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood is part of the Ringwood State Parks. This was formerly a country estate of Francis Lynde Stetson known as Skylands Farms. After this it was purchased by Clarence Lewis who turned it into a botanical showpiece. Then it was part of Shelton College and later purchased by the State of New Jersey as the first piece of land purchased under its Green Acres program. 

The New Jersey Botanical Garden is 96 acres that is a combination of multiple gardens including a lilac garden, perennial garden, wildflower garden, italianate garden, annual garden and garden of hosta and rhododendrons.

What’s blooming at the New Jersey Botanical Garden?

  • In spring, lilacs and daffodils are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see black-eyed susans, tree peonies, hosta and rhododendrons blooming.
  • During the fall, golden rain trees are blooming.
  • In winter, witch-hazel is blooming.

How much is admission at New Jersey Botanical Garden?

Admission to the New Jersey Botanical Garden is free. On summer weekends and holidays from Memorial to Labor Day, there is a $5 parking fee for New Jersey vehicles and $7 for non-New Jersey vehicles.

When is the New Jersey Botanical Garden open?

The gardens are open from 8 am to 8 pm.

Popular Events

Popular events include spring family hikes, birding for beginners, and flower sales. The events at the New Jersey Botanical Garden can be found on their event calendar.

How accessible are the gardens at New Jersey Botanical Garden?

The primary roads through the grounds are paved and fully accessible. The Carriage House Visitor Center and ground floor of the Manor House are also handicap accessible. The trails, courtyard and lawns are not accessible.

6 more things to know before visiting the New Jersey Botanical Garden

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are not allowed on the property.
  • Parking Lot A is closest to the Carriage House Visitor Center, Manor House and the Concert Lawn. This lot also offers the best handicapped parking since there is paved access to the main road loops. Parking Lot B is closest to the Lilac Garden, Peony Garden, Great Lawn and the Azalea Garden. Parking Lot C gives visitors direct access to the trails. For further parking information visit https://njbg.org/parking/
  • View an interactive map of the gardens in order to see locations of each plant.
  • To find information about tours visit njbg.org/tours

Learn more at their website njbg.org or call 973-962-9534.

Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne

The Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West Wayne, NJ 07470.

The Laurelwood Arboretum is a beautiful 30 acres hidden amongst a residential area. It is filled with wildlife, ponds, streams and woodland trails. There are gravel paths that go through the arboretum.

Laurelwood Arboretum was formerly a commercial nursery of rhododendrons and azaleas and it is now maintained as a public park. Numerous birds can also be seen such as cardinals and blue jays. There are ongoing installations for the Sculpture Trail and plans to have a summer concert series.

What’s blooming at the Laurelwood Arboretum?

  • In spring, azaleas, rhododendrons, peonies, primroses, daffodils and hellebores are blooming. 
  • In summer, you can see hostas and daisies blooming. 
  • During the fall, asters and dogwood berries are blooming. 
  • In winter, snowdrops and witch hazels are blooming.

How much is admission at Laurelwood Arboretum?

Admission to the Laurelwood Arboretum is free. Donations are welcome.

When is the Laurelwood Arboretum open?

The garden is open from 8 am to dusk except during emergency conditions. Conditions may be hazardous in the winter. The Knippenberg Center for Education is located near the parking lots and has accessible parking. It is open from April to October from noon to 4 pm on Tuesdays to Sundays. When the building is open there are accessible bathrooms available.

Popular Events

There are free public tours offered throughout the year and they can be taken by motorized cart. View the tour schedule at laurelwoodarboretum.org/calendar.

How accessible are the gardens at Laurelwood Arboretum?

There is wheelchair accessible parking. There is accessibility to the patio, gardens in the welcome area of the arboretum and the Knippenberg Center for Education. For more details on accessibility visit their accessibility page.

7 more things to know before visiting the Laurelwood Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are two wheelchair-accessible bathrooms in the Knippenberg Center. They are open from April through October from noon to 4 pm on Tuesday to Sunday. 
  • Grilling and picnicking are not allowed in the arboretum. 
  • Parking lots are at Vale Road and at Pine Lake Drive West. 
  • Dogs are allowed at the garden as long as they are leashed at all times. 
  • View their welcome brochure online.
  • Learn about the multiple self-guided tour options of the arboretum.

Learn more at their website laurelwoodarboretum.org.

Sussex County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

  • We are unaware of any gardens and arboretums in Sussex County.

Union County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden in Plainfield

The Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden is located at Park Avenue and Randolph Road Plainfield, NJ 07080. 

The Shakespeare Garden is located in Cedar Brook Park. The Olmsted Brothers had designed this in 1927. Plants and shrubs that were planted here are all from Shakespeare’s writings as well as other common ones found in the 16th and 17th centuries. The beds have labels with botanical names, folk names and quotes about flowers. There is also a sundial, an arbor built and various trees planted as well.

The Shakespeare Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it is also a stop on the Women’s Heritage Trail.

What’s blooming at the Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden?

  • In spring, dicentra, iberis, armeria and poppies are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see wolf’s bane, peonies, hollyhocks, digitalis and maiden’s bush roses blooming.
  • During the fall, saffron crocus and virgin’s bower are blooming.

How much is admission at Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden?

Admission to the Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden is free.

When is the Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden open?

The garden is open from sunrise to sunset daily.

How accessible are the gardens at Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden?

At this time we have been unable to discover how accessible the gardens are.

4 more things to know before visiting the Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden

  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Pets are allowed at the Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden if they remain on a leash. 
  • To find the names of plants found in Shakespeare’s work and where they are found visit this link.  
  • View aerial views of the garden through this YouTube video also embedded above.

Learn more at their website plainfieldgardenclub.org.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit.

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers beautiful grounds to explore with kids with multiple walking trails. Each of the trails was under a mile and clearly marked with trail signs. I think we walked them all.

There are also multiple gardens we couldn’t pass up on exploring. If the kids don’t love the flowers they will certainly enjoy looking for the fish in Peter’s Pond.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit New Jersey entrance into parking lot

What’s blooming at Reeves-Reed Arboretum?

  • In spring, daffodils and Japanese crabapples are blooming.
  • In summer, roses are blooming.
  • In winter, witch hazel, primroses, and winter jasmine is blooming.

How much is admission at Reeves-Reed Arboretum?

Admission to Reeves-Reed Arboretum is free. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

When is Reeves-Reed Arboretum open?

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is open all year. Visit their website for specific hours or details about special events.

The Billy Goat Bungalow will reopen in October.

Popular Events

The Arboretum has many events including homeschool classes, spring break mini camps, cream tea, gardening classes, tours, a Daffodil Day, and more. View their event calendar for all upcoming events.

How accessible are the gardens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum?

Most of the historic gardens and indoor spaces of Reeves-Reed Arboretum are accessible to all. There are ramps and paved pathways for easy maneuverability. However, there are different ground surfaces and some stairs that may make portions of the grounds hard to access without assistance.

  • Limited wheelchair-accessible parking onsite
  • Accessible public restrooms in Wisner House and the Stackhouse Education Center
  • Accessibility to the Visitors Center, Welcome Walk, Perennial Border, Wisner House Gallery, Wisner House Library, and Patio.
  • There are plans to make the property more accessible.

5 more things to know before visiting the Reeves-Reed Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property, but you are responsible for taking your trash with you.
  • Parking is available at no charge in their lot. Space is limited.
  • Dogs are not allowed except for service animals.

Learn more at their website, reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787.

Reeves-Reed Arbortoreum stream with lillypads

Warren County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden in Washington Twp

The Merrill Creek Reservoir is located at 34 Merrill Creek Road Washington, NJ 07882. 

There is a 290 acre environmental preserve around a 650 acre reservoir. There are also 2,000 acres of woods. There is a butterfly and hummingbird demonstration garden located behind the Visitors Center.

The Visitors Center is currently closed. In the spring there are many migrating waterfowl. Hawks migrate through this area with peak numbers in mid September through mid October. There are also bald eagles that nest here. The best places to view both of these birds is from the Inlet/Outlet Tower Parking Area.

What’s blooming at the Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden?

  • During the fall, goldenrods and asters are blooming.
  • At this time, it’s not clear what is blooming at these gardens during other seasons.

How much is admission to Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden?

Admission to the Merrill Creek Reservoir is free.

When is the Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden open?

Outdoor areas are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor’s Center is currently closed.

How accessible are the gardens at Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden?

There is one accessible paved and gravel trail. There is an accessible fishing dock.

5 more things to know before visiting the Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden

  • Strollers are allowed. It would be better with a jogging stroller. 
  • There are no indoor restrooms available at this time. Normally they are located in the Visitor’s Center which is currently closed. There are outdoor restroom facilities at the Boat Ramp and the Inlet/Outlet Tower Parking Area.
  • Food and drink are allowed but Picnicking is prohibited. There are no picnic tables. 
  • There are 4 parking lots. Look at the trail map to find the one closest to the Butterfly Garden. 
  • Pets are allowed on a leash. 
  • View the online trail map.
  • Learn about their Hawk Watch at merrillcreek.com/hawk-watch.

Learn more at their website merrillcreek.com.

Pohatcong Native Arboretum in Washington Township

The Pohatcong Native Arboretum is located at 52 Mine Hill Road Washington, NJ 07882.

The Pohatcong Native Arboretum is home to over 150 species of native shrubs and trees. There is also a 1.8 mile trail loop along the creek and the Robert Rush Memorial Log Cabin.

The Pohatcong Native Arboretum is a great place to learn identification since trees and shrubs are labeled along the property.

What’s blooming at the Pohatcong Native Arboretum?

  • In spring, mountain laurels and dogwoods are blooming. 
  • In summer, you can see American crabapples, swamp roses and laurels bloom. 
  • During the fall, hydrangeas are blooming.
  • In winter, witch hazel is blooming.

How much is admission at Pohatcong Native Arboretum?

Admission at the Pohatcong Arboretum is free.

When is the Pohatcong Native Arboretum open?

The arboretum is open daily during daylight hours.

How accessible are the gardens at Pohatcong Native Arboretum?

At this time information about the accessibility of the Pohatcong Native Arboretum is unknown. We have been unsuccessful in reaching the arboretum by phone and our emails have not been returned.

4 more things to know before visiting the Pohatcong Native Arboretum

Learn more at their website at njskylands.com/outdoors-preserve-pohatcong-arboretum. Another site to visit for more information is https://sites.google.com/site/pohatcongnativearboretum. Visitors can also call 908-496-8598.

New Jersey Botanical Gardens & Arboretums in Central Jersey

Hunterdon County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Hunterdon County Arboretum in Lebanon Twp

The Hunterdon County Arboretum is located at 1020 Highway 21 North Lebanon, NJ 08833. It is close to Flemington and Clinton.  

The Hunterdon County Arboretum is known as a living museum where people study the various shrubs, plants, and trees and there are also display gardens as well. There is also an herb garden and the oldest original two-story gazebo in New Jersey. The total property is 135 acres large and was initially a commercial nursery.

Thirty-two acres of Hunterdon County Arboretum is known as the Furnas Section which provides woods for many animals to reside. There are many frogs, deer, and squirrels. 

There are 2 miles of flat trails that include the Outer Loop Trail, Discovery Trail, Dogwood Trail, Boardwalk/Wetland Study Area, Two-Line Trail, Wizard Walk, and Furnas Trail. There are picnic tables located throughout the arboretum. The entrance to the gardens is behind the office.

a treehouse from the Hunterdon County arboretum
Hunterdon County Arboretum

What’s blooming at the Hunterdon County Arboretum?

  • In spring, dogwood trees are blooming and wild asparagus is growing. 
  • In summer, you can see goldenrods, asters, milkweed, and mountain mint blooming. 
  • During the fall, the leaves on the Katsura trees have a cotton candy aroma. 
  • In winter, skunk cabbage blooms.

How much is admission at Hunterdon County Arboretum?

Admission to the Hunterdon County Arboretum is free.

When is the Hunterdon County Arboretum open?

The arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk. Bow hunting is between September to February so visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange or only visit on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays.

Popular Events

The Hunterdon County Arboretum has many events throughout the year such as bird walks, basketry workshops, and more. To see which events will be occurring soon and to register visit the Hunterdon County Parks page.

How accessible are the gardens at Hunterdon County Arboretum?

The garden is accessible.

6 more things to know before visiting the Hunterdon County Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed. 
  • There are portable restrooms on the property. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property as long as it is only with one family. 
  • Parking is right off the highway on Route 31. 
  • Dogs are allowed if they remain on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. 
  • Visit their website for details about the self-guided nature trail walk of the arboretum.

Learn more in their online brochure at https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ParkAreas/Arboretum/brochure.pdf or call 908-782-1158.

Mercer County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton

The Grounds for Sculpture is located at 80 Sculptors Way Hamilton, NJ 08619. 

The Grounds for Sculpture is a beautiful place to get lost for a few hours. We have been there multiple times and each time we seem to find new pathways to explore. There are 42 acres filled with water views, sculptures, a bamboo grove, a gazebo, a water garden, an observation tower, and wildflowers. There is a variety of blooming flowers as well as well-manicured landscapes and paths.

Peacocks roam the grounds and kids love the koi in the water and waterfall that is close to Rat’s Restaurant. The pond has irises, water lilies, weeping willows, king tut grass, and weeping cherry trees that highlight the bridge. The Monet Bridge makes you feel as if you are inside his painting of the water lilies. The entire area was created in 1999 to replicate his painting of Bridge Over A Pond of Water Lilies. Many of the sculptures throughout the garden are a reference to various works by Monet and Manet.

Grounds for Sculpture

What’s blooming at the Grounds for Sculpture?

  • In spring, hellebores, winter aconites, and crocuses are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see roses and water lilies blooming.
  • During the fall, Spring’s Promise is blooming.
  • In winter, witch hazel, Leatherleaf Mahonia’s and paperbush plants are blooming

How much is admission at Grounds for Sculpture?

As of April 21, 2022, admission at Grounds for Sculpture is $20 for adults. Admission is $15 for seniors, veterans, and healthcare workers. Students 6 to 17 years old are $10 and kids 5 and under are free. For more details visit their admission page. Museum passes are no longer offered by libraries for the Grounds for Sculpture.

When are the Grounds for Sculpture open?

The Grounds for Sculpture are open year-round. The hours are 10 am to 6 pm every day of the week except for Tuesday.

How accessible are the gardens at Grounds for Sculpture?

The garden has many ways in which it is accessible and amenities for others as well. The main parking lots have accessible parking spaces, there is an induction loop at the Welcome Center desk, Assistive Listening devices and ASL tours available for tours and programs, two private gender-neutral restrooms in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts, large print introductory panels in indoor exhibitions and accessible pathways.

There are ECV (scooter) and wheelchair rentals available for a fee. There are personal care aides available for those with disabilities by calling the number 609-586-0616. There are uneven walking surfaces in the garden. For more details visit their accessibility page.

Grounds-for-sculpture-teen-poses-with-dancing-statue

10 more things to know before visiting the Grounds for Sculpture

Learn more at their website groundsforsculpture.org or call 609-586-0616.

Sayen Park Botanical Garden in Hamilton

Sayen Gardens is located at 155 Hughes Drive Hamilton, NJ 08690. 

The Sayen Gardens is a hidden oasis in New Jersey. With winding pathways, beautiful blooms, bridges, and water views it is truly a place that should not be missed. It is a great place to get photos taken. It is also home to the Annual Azalea Festival in Hamilton which is a great place to go and celebrate Mother’s Day.

My personal favorite time to visit Sayen Gardens is in the Spring since it truly feels like spring has arrived. Once you visit you are enveloped in all of the beautiful flowers. Many things you find in the Gardens seem like they are straight out of Monet’s paintings. The landscape reflects many of his Impressionist pieces. My daughter had a great time doing an outdoor yoga class and outdoor art class here. The kids love coming here with friends to explore which new things are blooming on the paths.

What’s blooming at the Sayen Park Botanical Garden?

  • In spring, cherry blossoms, hellebores, rhododendrons, hyacinths, dogwoods, crocuses, magnolias, forsythia and azaleas are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see daylilies, beautyberry shrubs, alliums and butterfly bushes. 
  • During the fall, chrysanthemums and mums are blooming. There is also beautiful foliage on the October Glory Maple Trees, Service berry trees and Tuscan flame bamboo. 
  • In winter, witch hazel, winter pansies, winterberry holly, winter cabbage, winter kale and boxwoods are blooming.

How much is admission to Sayen Park Botanical Garden?

Admission to the Sayen Gardens is free.

When is the Sayen Park Botanical Garden open?

The gardens are open from dawn to dusk every day.

Popular Events

The Azalea Festival is held annually in May. There are food and craft vendors. For more information go visit their Azalea Festival page.

How accessible are the gardens at Sayen Park Botanical Garden?

The gardens are mostly accessible.

6 more things to know before visiting the Sayen Park Botanical Garden

  • Strollers are allowed, though some of the uneven terrains may be difficult for some strollers. 
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property but they are discouraged. There are no picnic tables. 
  • Parking is in a small parking lot. 
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash. 
  • View an online map of the gardens.

Learn more at their website hamiltonnj.com/sayengardens or call 609-890-3874.

Herrontown Woods Arboretum in Princeton

The Herrontown Woods Arboretum is located at 600 Snowden Lane Princeton, NJ. The road to Herrontown Woods is across from the entryway to Smoyer Park. 

The Herrontown Woods Arboretum is a great place for those who want to venture into the woods. There are 3 miles of trails as well as a stream and vernal pools. You can see the Veblen Cottage on the trails where Einstein was said to have eaten a sandwich and the Veblen House which is being restored as a community gathering space.

There is also a Botanical Artgarden next to the parking lot which has different things such as a frog pond, meditation garden and more. The native plants are labeled along the trails here.

What’s blooming at the Herrontown Woods Arboretum?

  • In spring, wintergreen barberries and sundrops are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see rose mallow hibiscus, buttonbush, richweed, cutleaf coneflowers, green fringed orchids blooming.
  • In winter, skunk cabbage blooms.

How much is admission at Herrontown Woods Arboretum?

Admission to the Herrontown Woods Arboretum is free.

When is the Herrontown Woods Arboretum open?

The arboretum is open from 8 am to 5 pm and open from 8 am to 8 pm from May to October.

Popular Events

The first Sunday of every month there is May’s Barden Cafe from 10 to 12 which has Small World Coffee and baked goods that are sold.

How accessible are the gardens at Herrontown Woods Arboretum?

Details about the accessibility of these gardens is not available at this time.

4 more things to know before visiting the Herrontown Woods Arboretum

  • There are no restrooms on the property. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. 
  • Parking is in a lot at 600 Snowden Lane. 
  • View an online map of the trails.

Learn more at their website njtrails.org/trail/herrontown-woods.

Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton

The Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street Princeton, NJ 08540. 

The Morven Museum and Garden is a beautiful place to visit where there are lots of blooms in the spring, especially in May. Morven was originally built by Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Inside the museum, there are historical exhibitions that visitors can see as well.

What’s blooming at the Morven Museum & Garden?

  • In spring, daffodils, hellebores, tulips, crabapples, magnolias blooming.
  • In summer, you can see clematis, foxgloves, Catalpa trees and phlox is blooming. 
  • In winter, snowdrops are blooming.

How much is admission at Morven Museum & Garden?

As of April 25, 2022, admission at Morven is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors over 60, students with id, youth from ages 7 to 18, and active military. Children under 6 are free as well as members. There are some library systems that offer museum passes for Morven.

When is the Morven Museum & Garden open?

Morven is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Popular Events

There are multiple events throughout the year such as the Festival of Trees in December and January. View their upcoming programs on their site.

How accessible are the gardens at Morven Museum & Garden?

Morven Gardens is 80% wheelchair accessible. For questions call 609-924-8144 ext. 111 or email [email protected]. There are wheelchairs available on site. The Stockton Education Center often holds programs that are fully accessible.

Pretty flower at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton NJ

7 more things to know before visiting the Morven Museum & Garden

  • Strollers are not allowed inside the museum but they can be left on the back porch. 
  • There are restrooms on the property that are open when the museum is open. They are available for paying patrons taking an indoor or outdoor tour. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. There are umbrella tables in the museum courtyard that can be used and picnic blankets are also allowed to be used. Garden tours have a picnic lunch option as well. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum. 
  • Parking is available onsite.
  • Pets are allowed in the gardens but they cannot be allowed inside buildings and they must be on a leash. They are also not allowed on tours.
  • Timed admission is available for purchase. 
  • The museum only allows small bags to be brought inside. 

Learn more at their website morven.org/visit or call 609-924-8144.

William Trent House Museum & Gardens in Trenton

The William Trent House is located at 15 Market Street Trenton, NJ 08611. 

The gardens at the William Trent House are a great place to find a green hideaway in Trenton for a picnic lunch. Behind the brick wall and the wrought iron is a miniature representation of how things were grown on the property in the 1700’s. There is a replica bee house, heirloom apple trees and a small garden.

William Trent House Museum & Gardens was redesigned in 2021. The four raised beds show what the Lenape, those of African ancestry and English colonists would have grown for food. The apple orchard is a great place to appreciate New Jersey’s heritage of producing apple cider.

The land was purchased by William Trent, a shipping merchant, from Mahlon Stacy. He then built this house as well as numerous other buildings and acquired most of the land that is now Trenton. In 1720 he established the settlement to be known as Trent Town.

What’s blooming at the William Trent House Museum & Gardens?

  • In spring, heirloom apple trees in a miniature orchard and cherry trees are blooming.
  • There is a 4 bed vegetable garden with 2 beds planted like colonial kitchen garden (herbs and vegetables), Lenape garden and an African diaspora garden.

How much is admission at William Trent House Museum & Gardens?

Admission to the Gardens is free. Admission to the House is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Members are free.

When are the William Trent House Museum & Gardens open?

The William Trent House and Gardens are open from 1 to 4:30 pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays and closed on Municipal Holidays.

Popular Events

View their upcoming events on this page.

How accessible are the gardens at William Trent House Museum & Gardens?

The garden is accessible but it is mostly grass.

6 more things to know before visiting the William Trent House Museum & Gardens

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property and there are picnic tables. 
  • Parking is free. There are spots allocated to the William Trent House visitors in the Visitor’s Parking Lot for the R. J. Hughes Justice Complex.  
  • Pets are allowed at the William Trent Gardens.
  • View the apple orchard brochure or the map of the orchard online.

Learn more at their website williamtrenthouse.org/grounds-and-gardens.html or call 609-989-3027.

Butterfly House in Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed in Pennington

The Butterfly House is located at 31 Titus Mill Rd Pennington, NJ 08534. 

The Butterfly House is the residence of a plethora of beautiful butterflies as well as native plants that butterflies prefer. Monarchs are also in the Monarch Watch program where they are tagged and released in the fall. 

The Butterfly House is also part of The Watershed Institute which has over 10 miles of hiking trails that are free and open from dawn to dusk throughout the year including a half-mile accessible boardwalk. My kids enjoy the trails and their H2OQuest programming which was very entertaining for them.

What’s blooming at the Butterfly House?

  • In spring, Golden Alexander, Purple False Indigo, dogwood, and violets are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see sunflowers, Spotted Joe Pye weed and Bergamot blooming
  • During the fall, asters, and goldenrod are blooming. 
  • In winter, there is nothing blooming.

How much is admission at Butterfly House?

Admission to the Butterfly House is free to the public.

When is the Butterfly House open?

The outdoor structure is open seasonally from mid-June to early October and is open from dawn to dusk. The butterfly house is open any day of the week unless there is a program or event.

The Watershed Center itself is also open daily with free admission from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. Some programs have fees and most require registration.

Popular Events

View their event calendar for details about programs and events.

The Butterfly House Opening Day is on June 11, 2022 from 10 am to noon. There will be a Butterfly House Tour, Monarch Migration Game, and other experiences to learn about plants and butterflies. T

Throughout the summer there will be Butterfly House tours weekly on Thursdays from 10 am to 11 am starting in July. 

The Watershed Butterfly Festival will be on August 6, 2022. 

How accessible are the gardens at Butterfly House?

The Butterfly House is accessible.

6 more things to know before visiting the Butterfly House

Learn more at their website thewatershed.org/butterfly-house or call 609-737-3735.

Middlesex County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick

The Rutgers Gardens are located at 130 Log Cabin Road New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

The Rutgers Gardens are 180 acres consisting of numerous gardens, student farms, natural habitats, plants, and a farmer’s market. There are other interesting things to find such as a gazebo, Helyar Woods, a collection of holly trees, a pollinator garden, a rain and an evergreen garden.

What’s blooming at the Rutgers Gardens?

  • In spring, tulips and daffodils are blooming.
  • The blooms for the rest of this year are yet to be determined.

How much is admission at Rutgers Gardens?

Admission to the Rutgers Gardens is free.

When is the Rutgers Gardens open?

The Rutgers Gardens are open year-round. The gardens are open every day of the week except for Monday. Cook’s Market is open every other Friday from 11 am to 1 pm depending on the weather. In April it will be open on the 15th and the 29th. The Potting Shed Gift Shop is currently closed.

How accessible are the gardens at Rutgers Gardens?

We were unable to obtain information about the accessibility of Rutgers Gardens.

9 more things to know before visiting the Rutgers Gardens

Learn more at their website rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-7000.

Monmouth County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

David Shaw Arboretum in Holmdel

The David Shaw Arboretum is located at 44 Longstreet Road Holmdel, NJ 07733. 

The David Shaw Arboretum is 22 acres of trees and shrubs within Holmdel Park.

How much is admission at David Shaw Arboretum?

Admission to the David Shaw Arboretum is free.

When is the David Shaw Arboretum open?

The park opens at 7 am daily and is open year-round.

Learn more at their website monmouthcountyparks.com/ or call 732-946-9562.

Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown

Deep Cut Gardens is located at 152 Red Hill Road Middletown, NJ 07748. 

Deep Cut Gardens is home to 54 acres full of gardens and greenhouses. There are many interesting features such as a fire pit resembling Mount Vesuvius, lily pond, rockery, rose parterre, pergola, composting display, bonsai display, display greenhouse, Japanese themed garden, and more.

Deep Cut Gardens offers a great mix of trees with manicured gardens and hardscapes. The hilly terrain is great for kids to run around on. The Fairy Festival enabled participants to build fairy houses and they were then placed throughout the garden.

What’s blooming at the Deep Cut Gardens?

  • In spring, tulips, rhododendron, Virginia bluebells, lilacs, daffodils, primrose, and bloodroot are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see roses, hostas, cardinal flowers, alliums, hydrangeas, peonies, and water lilies are blooming.
  • During the fall, asters, chrysanthemums, clematis, and camellia are blooming.
  • In winter, orchids, witch hazel, and crocuses are blooming.

How much is admission at Deep Cut Gardens?

Admission to Deep Cut Gardens is free and there is free parking as well.

When are the Deep Cut Gardens open?

The park opens at 8 am and closes at dusk year-round. The Elvin McDonald Horticultural Library is open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.

Popular Events

There will be a photography exhibit on display from January 3-31, 2023. Photographers are encouraged to enter with a deadline of November 30, 2022. The theme this year will be “Under the Rainbow, A Kaleidoscope of Colors!” Photos taken can be for a general photography category or for the theme. Other upcoming events can be found on their Facebook event page.

How accessible are the gardens at Deep Cut Gardens?

The gardens are ADA accessible.

12 more things to know before visiting the Deep Cut Gardens

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drinks are allowed on the property. There is a picnic area. They are not allowed inside buildings.
  • Parking is in a parking lot. 
  • Pets are not allowed at Deep Cut Gardens. Service animals are allowed. 
  • View the park brochure and map.
  • View a story map that shows some of the history of the landscaping at Deep Cut Gardens.
  • To see a world tour of Deep Cut Gardens to find out where the different plants come visit https://indd.adobe.com/view/896ddd1d-5965-40df-b123-bd1e46546ca2
  • Garden safari backpacks are available at the Horticultural Center from 10 am to 4 pm daily. 
  • There is a free seed exchange station in the Horticultural Center so remember to bring a packet of your seeds to exchange there for something new. 
  • Learn about the history of Deep Cut Gardens.
  • To see what is currently happening in the garden visit monmouthcountyparks.com.

Learn more at their website monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-671-6050.

Labyrinth rose garden at Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown.
Labyrinth Rose Garden at Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown

Somerset County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville

The Cross Estate Gardens are located at 61 Jockey Hollow Road Bernardsville, NJ 07924. 

The Cross Estate Gardens are a beautiful combination of a mountain laurel allee, formal gardens, native gardens, and a pergola covered in wisteria. There is also a granite water tower on the property. They were made to resemble an English country garden.

What’s blooming at the Cross Estate Gardens?

  • In spring, mountain laurels, star magnolias and rhododendrons are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see wisteria, peonies, Carolina jasmine and black-eyed susans blooming.
  • During the fall, asters, dahlias, woodland sunflowers and camellia are blooming.
  • In winter, there is not anything blooming.

How much is admission at Cross Estate Gardens?

Admission and parking at Cross Estate Gardens is free.

When are the Cross Estate Gardens open?

The gardens are open daily from 8 am to 7 pm.

Popular Events

For upcoming events at Cross Estate Gardens visit their event page. Garden tours resume in April and are $10 per person. To make a reservation email [email protected].

How accessible are the gardens at Cross Estate Gardens?

The gardens are moderately accessible. There are gravel pathways.

5 more things to know before visiting the Cross Estate Gardens

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • Picnicking is prohibited. Visitors must follow a carry in/carry out policy. 
  • Parking is in a parking lot. The lot will be repaved this spring or summer so there might be limited parking
  • Pets are allowed in the gardens as long as they are on a leash
  • View their online brochure about the water tower.

Learn more at their website crossestategardens.org or call 973-539-2016.

Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills

The Leonard J. Buck Garden is located at 11 Layton Road Far Hills, NJ 07931. 

The Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the best rock gardens in the eastern United States. There are 33 acres within a stream valley that also has alpine gardens and woodland gardens. The trails have numerous beautiful plants amongst the rocks. The garden was formerly part of the estate of Leonard J. Buck. There are 2.5 miles of paths through the garden.

What’s blooming at the Leonard J. Buck Garden?

  • In spring, azaleas, daffodils, hellebores, Lenten roses, anemones, and dogwoods are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see asters and purple coneflowers blooming.
  • During the fall, asters, goldenrods, stonecrops, and autumn crocuses are blooming.
  • In winter, witch hazel, winter aconites, snowdrops, and skunk cabbage are blooming.

How much is admission at Leonard J. Buck Garden?

Admission at the Leonard J. Buck Garden is free but a small donation is requested. The original carriage house has now been renovated into a Visitor’s Center.

When is the Leonard J. Buck Garden open?

Leonard J. Buck Garden is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and noon to 5 pm on Sundays. It is closed on weekends and major holidays in December, January, February, and March.

Popular Events

View their event calendar. On Sunday afternoons in April and May, there will be woodland walks at 1 pm for $7 per person.

How accessible are the gardens at Leonard J. Buck Garden?

At this time it is not clear how accessible the gardens are.

5 more things to know before visiting the Leonard J. Buck Garden

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the gardens aside from bottled water and baby bottles. Picnicking is allowed in two designated areas which are next to the Visitor’s Center and on the picnic tables above the border. 
  • Pets are not allowed in the garden. 
  • View their online brochure.
  • View a map of the garden online.

Learn more at their website somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-722-1200 ext. 5011.

Duke Farms Orchid Range in Hillsborough

Duke Farms is located at 1112 Dukes Parkway West Hillsborough, NJ 08844. 

Duke Farms is a delightful place for a walk with young kids. The trails are very easy to navigate with strollers. There are 18 miles of well-maintained trails and there are over 1000 acres to explore. My daughter loved going to see the gorgeous orchids and running on the paths with her friends.

There are various places that you must visit while you are there such as the beautiful orchid range built in the form of a palm house, the lake system of seven lakes, and the Great Falls tiered waterfall. This goes off at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm except from November 1st to April 1st.

There is also a Coach Barn and the Farm Barn which houses the Orientation Center.

What’s blooming at the Duke Farms Orchid Range?

  • This spring, orchids are currently blooming at the Orchid Range.

How much is admission at Duke Farms Orchid Range?

Admission at Duke Farms is free.

When is the Duke Farms Orchid Range open?

Trails are open. Free entry passes are required on Saturdays from April through November. Duke Farms is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

To reserve a Saturday entry pass visit their Eventbrite page. Duke’s Farm is also closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. The Orientation Center and the Cafe are currently closed.

Popular Events

Their events are listed with Eventbrite.

How accessible are the gardens at Duke Farms Orchid Range?

Many of the trails are wheelchair accessible.

7 more things to know before visiting the Duke Farms Orchid Range

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • Restrooms are at the Farm Barn and there are composting toilets on Oak Way and West Way as well. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. There is also a Farm-to-Table Cafe. 
  • Parking is full when parking spots are filled in the parking lot. This can happen on nice weather days so be sure to have a backup destination in mind. 
  • Pets are not allowed at Duke Farms.
  • Download the app before you go for an interactive map.
  • Print their guide to family activities.

Learn more at their website dukefarms.org or call 908-722-3700.

Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden in Somerset

Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden is located at 156 Mettlers Road Somerset, NJ 08873.

This is a 5.5-acre arboretum that is in the western portion of Colonial Park. There are over 900 types of shrubs and trees here. The rose garden is beautiful from May to July with some roses blooming in September as well.

What’s blooming at the Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden?

  • In spring, the bluebells, cherry trees, magnolias, daffodils, and tulips are blooming. The serviceberry and flowering crabapple trees are blooming as well. 
  • In summer, you can see roses, echinaceas, garden flocks, peonies, and pollinators.
  • During the fall, hibiscus, roses, and Joe Pye weed are blooming. 
  • In winter, witch hazels are blooming.

How much is admission to Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden?

Admission at Colonial Park Arboretum and Rose Garden is free.

When is the Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden open?

The arboretum is open from sunrise to sunset.

How accessible are the gardens at Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden?

The perennial and rose gardens are accessible. Ninety percent of the arboretum is accessible.

5 more things to know before visiting the Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden

  • Strollers are allowed. 
  • There are public restrooms on the property. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property but not in the rose garden. Picnics of up to 6 people are allowed outside of the Rose Garden. 
  • Parking is in 2 parking lots. They are in Colonial Park lots A & F off of Mettlers Road. 
  • Pets are allowed in the arboretum on a leash, but they are not allowed in the Rose Garden.

Learn more at their website somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-722-1200 ext. 5721.

Wagner Farm Arboretum in Warren

The Wagner Farm Arboretum is located at 197 Mountain Avenue Warren, NJ 07059. 

The Arboretum was established in 2004. There is also a Community Garden, Children’s Garden, and Giving Garden.

How much is admission at Wagner Farm Arboretum?

We believe admission to be free as no fees are stated on the Wagner Farm Arboretum website.

Popular Events

Learn about their events from their website.

How accessible are the gardens at Wagner Farm Arboretum?

This information is not readily available on their website and our calls for the information were not returned.

Learn more at their website wfafnj.org or call 908-350-7383.

Rockingham Kitchen Garden in Kingston

Learn more at their website rockingham.net or call 609-683-7132.

New Jersey Botanical Gardens & Arboretums in South Jersey

Atlantic County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Egg Harbor Township Arboretum in Egg Harbor Township

Egg Harbor Township Arboretum is located at Egg Harbor Township’s Nature Reserve at 317 Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234.

The open space is composed of approximately 14.7 acres which include wetlands, wooded areas, a parking area, and a large meadow. It is bordered by a lake and woodlands. 

Boys hiking at Egg Harbor Township Arboretum in EHT NJ

How much is admission at Egg Harbor Township Arboretum?

Admission is free.

When is the Egg Harbor Township Arboretum open?

It is open to the public from dawn to dusk. 

How accessible are the gardens at Egg Harbor Township Arboretum?

They are not accessible. It is surrounded by grass with no paved paths to it.

Learn more at their website ehtenvironment.org/arboretum.html or call 609-926-4093.

Linwood Arboretum

Linwood Arboretum is located at Belhaven & Wabash Avenues in Linwood at 1410 Wabash Avenue. It’s situated along the Linwood-Somers Point Bike Path.

While not very large, less than an acre, the Linwood Arboretum fits a lot of beauty in a small space. Enjoy it as a break from riding or walking along the town’s bike path that connects it to neighboring towns.

Linwood Arboretum compass and seating among the flowers

What’s blooming at the Linwood Arboretum?

  • In spring, cassia popcorn blooms.
  • In summer, you can see hydrangeas blooming.
  • During the fall, asters, and blooming.
  • In winter, snowdrops witch hazels and camellias are blooming.

How much is admission at Linwood Arboretum?

Admission to the Linwood Arboretum is free. There is no fee for admission nor is there an admission gate.

When is the Linwood Arboretum open?

The Linwood Arboretum is open every day from dusk to dawn.

How accessible are the gardens at Linwood Arboretum?

The garden is accessible with a smoothed and paved sidewalk throughout.

White Beautyberry at the Linwood Arboretum
White Beautyberry at the Linwood Arboretum

5 more things to know before visiting Linwood Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are not restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. There is a water fountain that includes a dog friendly bowl.
  • Parking is on the street.
  • Pets are allowed at the Linwood Arboretum. From their website, “Please keep dogs leashed, and encourage them to urinate prior to entering. Canine urine is a potent herbicide, dangerous to many plants.”

Learn more at their website linwoodarboretum.org or call (609) 214-1399.

Burlington County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Butterfly Garden in Eastampton

The Butterfly Garden in Eastampton is located at 39 East Railroad Avenue Eastampton, NJ 08060. 

The Butterfly Garden in Eastampton is a beautiful place to find a wide assortment of butterflies. There are many native plants that attract them. My kids love coming here with their butterfly nets. It is a part of Smithville Park which has many trails and there is also the Smithville Mansion and Grounds.

What’s blooming at the Butterfly Garden?

  • In spring, golden ragwort, chives, violets, phlox, and dogwoods are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see common milkweed, butterfly weed, wild bergamot, black-eyed susans, blazing stars, catmint, lavender, turtlehead, blanket flowers, and purple coneflowers. 
  • During the fall, turtleheads, mistflowers, cardinal flowers, brown-eyed susans, goldenrods, and great blue lobelias are blooming.

How much is admission at Butterfly Garden?

Admission to the Butterfly Garden is free.

When is the Butterfly Garden open?

The garden is open from dawn to dusk.

How accessible are the gardens at Butterfly Garden?

The butterfly garden is accessible.

6 more things to know before visiting the Butterfly Garden

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms close to the parking lot. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property. There are picnic tables nearby. 
  • Parking is in a free parking lot right next to the garden. 
  • Pets are allowed at the Butterfly Garden as long as they are on a leash. 
  • To reach a ranger after hours call the number 609-668-5164.

Learn more at their website co.burlington.nj.us/948/Historic-Smithville-Park or call 609-265-5858.

Smithville Mansion Garden in Eastampton

The Smithville Mansion Garden is located at 803 Smithville Rd Eastampton Township, NJ 08060. 

The Smithville Mansion Garden is a beautiful courtyard garden adjacent to the mansion that makes you feel as if you were on an English estate. My kids loved to run through the high foliage since to them it is a large maze.

What’s blooming at the Smithville Mansion Garden in Eastampton?

  • At this time we were unable to get this information.

How much is admission at Smithville Mansion Garden in Eastampton?

Admission to the Garden at Smithville Mansion is free.

When is the Smithville Mansion Garden in Eastampton open?

The grounds of the mansion are open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.

How accessible are the gardens at Smithville Mansion Garden in Eastampton?

It is accessible.

4 more things to know before visiting the Smithville Mansion Garden in Eastampton

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property. 
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property.
  • Parking is in a free parking lot nearby.

Learn more at their website smithvillemansion.org or call 609-265-5858.

Barton Arboretum in Medford Leas

The Barton Arboretum is located at 1 Medford Leas Way Medford, NJ 08055.

The Barton Arboretum has aesthetically pleasing trails surrounding a private residential community. We especially enjoyed the Cathedral Trail section with evergreens. Currently, there are many daffodils blooming there. It is a great place to learn about different tree varieties as many of them are labeled as you walk.

What’s blooming at the Barton Arboretum?

  • In spring, daffodils and crabapples are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see dogwoods blooming.
  • During the fall, meadows are blooming with goldenrod, asters.
  • In winter,  witch hazels are blooming. Barks of trees change such as the paper birch maple and river birch.

How much is admission at Barton Arboretum?

Admission at the Barton Arboretum is free. Check in at the community building to let them know you are there before walking.

When is the Barton Arboretum open?

The arboretum is open from dawn to dusk.

How accessible are the gardens at Barton Arboretum?

The arboretum is accessible since there are many paved pathways.

5 more things to know before visiting the Barton Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are not encouraged.
  • Parking is in a parking lot and free. 
  • Pets are allowed at the arboretum when on a leash.

Learn more at their website bartonarboretum.org or call 609-654-3000.

Perkins Arboretum in Moorestown

The Perkins Arboretum is located at 395 Kings Highway Moorestown, NJ 08057. 

The Perkins Arboretum is located at the Evergreen Lawn right next to the Perkins Center of the Arts. The style of the home and carriage house as well as the landscaping reminds me a lot of Saint Joseph’s University.

The Perkins Arboretum is home to many outdoor events such as concerts, dancing, puppet shows, and more. My kids have especially enjoyed their Halloween event where they have painted pumpkins and been in a parade and played lawn games.

The trees are great for shade in the summer and it is a great place to have a picnic dinner with your family. A large number of the trees are evergreens. The Center for the Arts itself is also not to be missed with great programming, such as various art classes, photography exhibits, and musical performances. My kids have enjoyed their Preschool Art Exploration Days in the past.

What’s blooming at the Perkins Arboretum?

  • In spring, cherry trees, Eastern redbuds, and flowering dogwoods are blooming. 
  • In winter, American Holly is blooming.

How much is admission at Perkins Arboretum?

Admission to the Perkins Arboretum is free.

When is the Perkins Arboretum open?

Outdoor self-guided tours are available from dawn to dusk. There are printed self-guided tours available on site.

How accessible are the gardens at Perkins Arboretum?

At this time we were unable to find out about the accessibility of the arboretum.

5 more things to know before visiting the Perkins Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed. 
  • There are restrooms available in the main building during normal business hours from 9 am to 5 pm. 
  • Parking is in a parking lot. For events, the parking lot may fill up and cars may have to park on the street as well.
  • View a brochure of the arboretum online.

Learn more at their website perkinsarts.org/aboutus/history/perkins-aboretum or call 856-235-6488.

Rowan College at Burlington County Sculpture Walk in Mount Laurel, formerly known as the Sculpture Garden, in Pemberton

The Rowan College at Burlington County Sculpture Walk, located on the quad of the Mount Laurel Campus (900 College Circle), serves as an exhibition of contemporary sculpture. The works were selected from the college’s original sculpture garden that was housed on the Pemberton Campus.

Devotion by Shahin Atigeh Statue at Rowan College's Sculpture Walk Photo Credit Rowan College
Devotion by Shahin Atigeh Statue at Rowan College’s Sculpture Walk Photo Credit Rowan College

How much is admission at Sculpture Walk?

Admission to the Sculpture Walk is free.

When is the Sculpture Walk open?

The Sculpture Walk is outdoors and open whenever the campus is open.

How accessible are the gardens at Sculpture Walk?

It appears the Sculpture Walk is fully accessible. The campus has paved sidewalks that are alongside the sculptures.

Worship Gate by Shawn Phillip Morin Statue at Rowan College's Sculpture Walk Photo Credit Rowan College
Worship Gate by Shawn Phillip Morin Statue at Rowan College’s Sculpture Walk Photo Credit Rowan College

5 more things to know before visiting the Sculpture Walk

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are allowed on the property.
  • Parking is in one of the campus parking lots.
  • Pets are not allowed at the garden name.

Learn more at their website rcbc.edu/sculptures, or call (856) 222-9311.

Camden County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Camden Children’s Garden

Camden Children’s Garden is located at 3 Riverside Drive in Camden.

Camden Children’s Garden is a wonderful garden designed with children in mind. There is so much to explore. From the Storybook Gardens to Arrow River Train, from the Butterfly House to the Dinosaur Garden, from the spray ground to the treehouse, your kids will wear themselves out while having a blast.

Camden Children's Garden

What’s blooming at the Camden Children’s Garden?

  • As the Camden Children’s Garden is currently closed, that information is unavailable.

How much is admission at Camden Children’s Garden?

There is a fee for admission at Camden Children’s Garden.

When is the Camden Children’s Garden open?

The Camden Children’s Garden did not open in 2021. It has not opened so far for 2022 and the status is unknown.

Additionally, our phonecalls or emails to obtain that information have not been returned.

How accessible are the gardens at Camden Children’s Garden?

The Camden Children’s Garden is accessible with paved and wide walkways throughout the garden. There are a few ramps located on the property.

Camden Children's Garden Picnic Garden

5 more things to know before visiting Camden Children’s Garden

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms on the property.
  • Food and drink are not allowed on the property.
  • Parking is available for a fee at a lot and a parking garage across from the garden.
  • Pets are not allowed at the garden name.

Learn more in our article about the Camden Children’s Garden, at their website, camdenchildrensgarden.org, or call 856-365-8733

Cape May County Botanical Nature Centers

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden in North Wildwood

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden is located at 111 N Central Ave Wildwood, NJ 08260. 

A park surrounds the lighthouse that holds over 200 types of plants.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

What’s blooming at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden?

  • At this time, the information is unavailable.

How much is admission at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden?

Admission to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is free.

When is the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden open?

The lighthouse is open from May 6th through October 16th, 2022 from 9 am to 5 pm. Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk every day of the year.

How accessible are the gardens at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden?

At this time, the information is unavailable.

Learn more at their website herefordinletlighthouse.com or call 609-600-1561.

Cumberland County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

  • We are unaware of any Gardens & Arboretums in Cumberland County

Gloucester County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

  • We are unaware of any Gardens & Arboretums in Gloucester County

Ocean County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Edith Duff Gwin Gardens in Barnegat Light

The Edith Duff Gwin Gardens is located at 501 Central Ave Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. 

This garden is a third of an acre and has beautiful things to offer year round. It is located at the Barnegat Light Museum. 

The garden contains many milkweed plants where Monarch butterflies lay their eggs. Visitors to the garden then have the pleasure of watching them emerge from their chrysalis, drying their wings and flying off! The garden is constantly changing. 

What’s blooming at the Edith Duff Gwin Gardens in Barnegat Light?

  • Around the fountain, at the center of the garden, are pink and white heathers that bloom all winter. There are two witch hazels, one yellow and one orange, that bloom in February with flowers that resemble little firecrackers. 
  • In March the hellebores bloom in many colors throughout the garden. They are followed by daffodils, tulips, irises and crocuses.
  • Summer is time for the perennials and annuals. There is a very special pine tree near the fish pond called a Japanese Umbrella Pine. A huge Southern Magnolia erupts in fragrant, dish-sized blooms in July. Milkweed is also blooming.

How much is admission at Edith Duff Gwin Gardens in Barnegat Light?

This information is not available.

When is the Edith Duff Gwin Gardens in Barnegat Light open?

This information is not available publicly. It appears the garden may only be open to the public during special tours and events.

How accessible are the gardens at Edith Duff Gwin Gardens in Barnegat Light?

We have been unable to obtain this information.

Learn more at their website thegardencluboflbi.com/committees/gardens/edith-duff-gwinn-gardens.

Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum in Lakewood

Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701. 

This arboretum is located at Georgian Court University. It includes four historic gardens including a Formal garden, a Sunken Garden with a lagoon and fountain, the Italian Gardens and a Japanese Teahouse style Garden. There is also a Wellness Garden with over 70 species used for medicinal reasons in the past. Most of the things visitors find in the garden will be labeled.

What’s blooming at the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum?

  • In spring, cherry trees, daffodils, hyacinths, lilacs, rhododendrons, dogwoods are blooming.
  • In summer, you can see scholar tree, irises and magnolias, toneflower, cardinal flower, goldenrod blooming
  • During the fall, Frankliea tree is blooming as are Black gums, maple and dogwoods. 
  • In winter, holly berries are out, witch hazels, winter jasmine, crocuses, snowdrops, hellebores and blooming.

How much is admission at Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum?

Admission at the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum is free. Guided tours for groups of 5 or more are available for free with Director Michael Gross. Brochure and booklet guided tours for 4-5.

When is the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum open?

It is open from 8 am to dusk daily.

How accessible are the gardens at Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum?

Moderately accessible. Gravel paths.

7 more things to know before visiting the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum

  • Strollers are allowed.
  • There are restrooms open when the university buildings are open during business hours on weekdays and are locked on the weekend.
  • Food and drink are allowed outdoors on the property.
  • Parking is in a parking lot. Visitors must enter through the security gate on 9th street. Covid-19 Visitor Screening forms must be completed beforehand.
  • Pets are not allowed at the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum.
  • View a map to the arboretum.  
  • View the self-guided walking tour booklet.

Learn more at their website georgian.edu/arboretum/ or call 732-987-2373.

Salem County Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

  • We are unaware of any Gardens & Arboretums in Salem County.

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