26 Gardens You Should Visit This Summer

Updated: Dec 3, 2018 Short URL: gonj.me/9829543b

With the greener months of 2018 just a few weeks away, we wanted to help you find the most beautiful public gardens of the great Garden State. With some help from Garden State Gardens, we have added 26 public gardens and arboretums all broken down by county below.

If you know of any additional gardens that are not included, please let us know.


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Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Essex County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Union County


Atlantic County


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Linwood Arboretum

Northfield, Atlantic County, NJ

The focus of the Linwood Arboretum is educational, allowing the public to become familiar with uncommon or rare woody plants that are particularly suited to home landscaping. The Arboretum is located 1410 Wabash Ave, Linwood, NJ,



Bergen County


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Richard W. DeKorte Park

Lyndhurst, Bergen County, NJ

Featuring 3.5 miles of walking paths, panoramic views and birds galore, this one-square-mile park is the center of New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) activities. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. The park includes the NJMC's Center for E



Burlington County


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Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve

Medford, Burlington County, NJ

The Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve of Medford Leas is a unique blend of accessible public gardens, collections, and preserved natural areas set amidst private residential space. With campuses in Medford and Lumberton, NJ, spanning more than 200



Essex County


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Branch Brook Park

Newark, Essex County, NJ

Branch Brook Park, the nation's first county park, is located in the North Ward of Newark, between the neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Roseville. A portion of the park is also located within the Township of Belleville. The park is noted for the larg



Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary

Short Hills, Essex County, NJ

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is an historic woodlands garden and educational institution. We promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment through programs that integrate arts, sciences and the humanities. The Arbore



Durrand-Hedden House & Garden

Maplewood, Essex County, NJ

Durand-Hedden House and Garden is an historic house museum that finds interesting ways to explore our community's fascinating past - through nature, architecture, music, food, social life, local history, reenactments and participatory activities - an



Greater Newark Conservancy

Newark, Essex County, NJ

Greater Newark Conservancy promotes environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jerseys urban communities.



Greenwood Gardens

Short Hills, Essex County, NJ

Greenwood Gardens is preserving the gardens, architecture and landscape of Greenwood for the education and delight of the public. Greenwood fosters an appreciation of gardens and a respect for nature by working with others to promote conservation and



Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Montclair, Essex County, NJ

Located at the base of the 7 1/2 acre Mountainside Park, the iris gardens contain over 14,000 irises of approximately 3,000 varieties and produce over 100,000 blooms over the course of the season. Visitors can see by the arching slope of the garden b



Van Vleck House and Gardens

Montclair, Essex County, NJ

The Van Vleck House & Gardens originated as a 12-acre private estate more than 140 years ago when Joseph Van Vleck Sr and his family moved to Montclair from Brooklyn in 1868. Like many successful businessmen of the era, Joseph Van Vleck Sr came to th



Mercer County


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Grounds For Sculpture

Trenton, Mercer County, NJ

Grounds For Sculpture, a 35-acre sculpture park and museum, has captivated visitors since 1992, and has only gained in popularity as more of the public discovers its tranquil setting and engaging sculpture.



Marquand Park

Princeton, Mercer County, NJ

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



Morven Museum & Garden

Princeton, Mercer County, NJ

A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor's Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, education



Robert A. Winters Arboretum at Meadow Lakes

Hightstown, Mercer County, NJ

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 arboretums three pristine ponds, veteran trees a



Middlesex County


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Rutgers Gardens - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, Middlesex County, NJ

A public garden dedicated to cultivating inquisitive minds, great plants, and inspired gardening through educational exploration and enjoyment.



Monmouth County


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Deep Cut Gardens

Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ

Deep Cut Gardens is simply beautiful. You will find many walking trails, beautiful landscaping, a rose garden, sitting benches and more. They even have special programs throughout the year.



Morris County


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Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

Chester, Morris County, NJ

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center was known originally as "Merchiston Farm," the home of William and Martha Brookes Hutcheson from 1911 to 1959. The Center's 100 acres include fields, woodlands and a formal garden designed by Mrs. Hutcheson, one



Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Morristown, Morris County, NJ

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a lovely 127 acre tract now surrounded by busy highways and office parks was once Whippany Farm. This estate was bequeathed to Morris County in 1969. Currently, the beautiful Colonial Revival mansion serves as headquarter



Willowwood Arboretum

Chester, Morris County, NJ

Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from 8am to dusk. Visitors are invited to enjoy the gardens Spring through Fall. During Winter, the Ornamentals Collection offers evergreen and deciduous plants featuring interest



Ocean County


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Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum of Georgian Court University

Lakewood, Ocean County, NJ

Enjoy the four historic themed gardens of the former George Jay Gould estate, now a National Historic Landmark and the campus of Georgian Court University. Located on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the gardens feature a mixture of native pi



Passaic County


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Laurelwood Arboretum

Wayne, Passaic County, NJ

Laurelwood Arboretum is a 30-acre botanically diverse property located in Wayne Township in northern New Jersey. Laurelwood features woodland trails and gardens, wildlife, two ponds, streams and hundreds of varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and oth



New Jersey State Botanical Garden

Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ

From the delicate shades of a tiny wildflower to the vibrant colors of massed annual plantings, Skylands is a place of beauty in any season. Here you can wander amid the elegance of formal gardens, or along gentle paths winding through the woods. The



Somerset County


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Colonial Park Gardens

Somerset, Somerset County, NJ

The Gardens of Colonial Park offers a variety of amazing horticultural attractions including a rose garden, fragrance and sensory garden, perennial garden and arboretum.



Duke Farms

Hillsborough, Somerset County, NJ

Large estate garden in Hillsborough, whose features include a lake and other water features, a sycamore allee, and barns. Many outdoor activities and events are available.



Leonard J. Buck Garden

Far Hills, Somerset County, NJ

Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States consisting of a series of alpine and woodland garden areas situated in a 29-acre wooded stream valley.



Union County


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Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Summit, Union County, NJ

A 13.5 acre National Historic Landmark featuring award-winning gardens and woodland trails, and offering horticultural and environmental education programs. (photo credit:Reeves-Reed Arboretum)


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