Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center (Chester Township)
Once the home of Martha Brookes Hutcheson, one of America’s first female landscape architects, this pastoral property includes many classical garden elements, including ha-has and allees, all planted with a palette of native plants and assembled for the joy of discovery.
Colonial Park Gardens (East Millstone)
Colonial Park Gardens, managed by the Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission, features a 144-acre Arboretum of labeled specimens of flowering trees, shrubs, evergreens, and shade trees; a Fragrance & Sensory Garden designed to be of special interest to visitors who are visually or physically impaired; a 5-acre Perennial Garden with beautiful displays of annuals, perennials, and ornamental grasses; and the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, a formal garden displaying over 3,000 roses of 325 varieties.
Deep Cut Gardens (Middletown)
Deep Cut Gardens is dedicated to the home gardener. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons. Our renovated Parterre features 52 varieties of roses with over 180 bushes.
Gardens at Liberty Hall (Union)
In the 1760s, the first governor of NJ, William Livingston, purchased land in Elizabethtown that would eventually become Liberty Hall; one of his goals was to establish a garden filled with unique specimens. The over 250 year old magnificent Horse Chestnut tree outside the front door of Liberty Hall Museum is the oldest and largest of its type in the NJ Big Tree Registry. Encompassing the 12-acre historic precinct are formal gardens, an apple orchard, an English rose garden, an herb garden, paths to wander, and numerous historic buildings.
Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton Township)
Grounds For Sculpture, the 42-acre sculpture park and arboretum in Hamilton Township, NJ, features over 270 contemporary sculptures outdoors and rotating exhibitions in six indoor galleries in addition to offering concerts, performances, family festivals, classes, fine dining, and shopping year-round.
Hanson Park (Cranford)
Hanson Park is managed by the Hanson Park Conservancy and is located on the banks of the Rahway River in downtown Cranford. The several acre park has a number of trails and features butterfly and woodland meadows, a woodland theater, rain garden, memorial setting, herb garden and an historic fireplace remaining from the late 1800s from one of the Canoe Clubs that dotted the river.
Leonard J. Buck Garden (Far Hills)
The Leonard J. Buck Garden, managed by the Somerset County Park Commission, is an inspiring public garden with national horticultural significance distinguished by a series of planted rock outcroppings and woodland gardens with naturalistic displays of bulbs, wildflowers, ferns, and shade perennials within a 29-acre rocky ravine.
Marquand Park and Arboretum (Princeton)
Marquand Park and Arboretum is a 17-acre historic preserve of trees and woodlands that offers a variety of recreational and educational experiences in the center of Princeton. Originally the landscaped garden of a 19th-century estate, the park has a rich collection of native and exotic trees reflecting the interest and tastes of its previous owners and its current beneficiaries. Some trees in the parks are the largest of their kind in New Jersey.
Morven Museum and Garden (Princeton)
The gardens at Morven, home of a New Jersey signer of the Declaration of Independence, are a patchwork of history. The phlox and peonies of the Colonial Revival Garden, the restored horse chestnut walk, and the elm allée reveal pieces of the past; the demonstration kitchen garden evokes the 19th century vegetable garden. The newest garden element, a re-imagined water feature, focuses attention on the mid-20th century Art Moderne period.
Robert A. Winters Arboretum at Meadow Lakes (East Windsor)
Located just minutes from Princeton, the stunning 100-acre arboretum boasts a classical style, mature with lush trees, shrubs and under-story plantings. Cultivated since the mid-eighteenth century, the arboretum’s three pristine ponds, veteran trees and highly-evolved landscape are home to an abundance of birds and wildlife. The garden is only open to groups and an appointment is required.
Rutgers Gardens (New Brunswick)
Rutgers Gardens, located on Ryders Lane, on the outskirts of Cook Campus, is a setting for many different programs, events, and recreational activities. A place of learning and beauty, the official botanic garden of Rutgers University features 60 acres of designed beds, specialty gardens, tree and shrub collections, lawns, and walking paths, which adjoin the 70-acre Frank G. Helyar Woods. With a vibrant array of Garden Series courses, family and youth programming, and special events for the community, it is our goal to provide a fun, educational, and engaging place to enjoy the natural world.
The 1719 William Trent House Museum (Trenton)
The 1719 William Trent House Museum stands on 2.5 acres of traditional homeland of New Jersey’s Indigenous people. The Georgian-style house has furnishings and exhibits portraying life of a wealthy colonial family and its enslaved workers. The grounds include a colonial kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables and a small apple orchard with varieties from the 1700s. Other beds exhibit plants grown by enslaved people for cooking as well as for barter or sale and demonstrate Indigenous agriculture and plants that were harvested from the wild. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday, except public holidays, between 12:30 and 4:00 pm.
Willowwood Arboretum (Chester Township)
The 18th century residence of Robert and Henry Tubbs, sits surrounded by the plant collection these botanizing brothers began, including over 2000 plant species in a treasure trove of a garden which is both overwhelming in its content and deeply satisfying in its layout and design