26 Gardens Your Should Visit This Summer

Updated: Apr 8, 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.


View by county: 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

1410 Wabash Ave,
Linwood, 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 ...

  • Location

    1410 Wabash Ave,
    Linwood, NJ,
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Bergen County


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Richard W. DeKorte Park

1 DeKorte Park,
Lyndhurst, NJ 07032

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 ...

  • Location

    1 DeKorte Park,
    Lyndhurst, NJ 07032
  • Activities

    FishingJogging / RunningWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)Land PreserveVeterans / MemorialWildlife Management AreasScenic Overlook / Waterfalls


Burlington County


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Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve

1 Medford Leas,
Medford, NJ 08055

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...

  • Location

    1 Medford Leas,
    Medford, NJ 08055
  • Activities

    HikingJogging / RunningWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)


Essex County


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Branch Brook Park

Park Ave. & Lake St.
Newark, New Jersey 07102

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 Town...

  • Location

    Park Ave. & Lake St.
    Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • Activities

    FishingHikingJogging / RunningPlaying in the playgroundWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    County ParksPark (General)Scenic Overlook / Waterfalls


Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary

324 Forest Drive South,
Short Hills, NJ 07078

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 integ...

  • Location

    324 Forest Drive South,
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
  • Activities

    HikingJogging / RunningWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)


Durrand-Hedden House & Garden

523 Ridgewood Road,
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040

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 histo...

  • Location

    523 Ridgewood Road,
    Maplewood, New Jersey 07040
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Greater Newark Conservancy

32 Prince St
Newark, NJ 07103

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

  • Location

    32 Prince St
    Newark, NJ 07103
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)


Greenwood Gardens

274 Old Short Hills Road,
Short Hills, NJ 07078

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 ...

  • Location

    274 Old Short Hills Road,
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

474 Upper Mountain Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

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. Vis...

  • Location

    474 Upper Mountain Ave
    Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Van Vleck House and Gardens

21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

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 busi...

  • Location

    21 Van Vleck Street
    Montclair, NJ 07042
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)


Mercer County


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Grounds For Sculpture

18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619

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 scul...

  • Location

    18 Fairgrounds Road
    Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
  • Activities

    Walking


Marquand Park

Lovers Lane,
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

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 landscape...

  • Location

    Lovers Lane,
    Princeton, New Jersey 08540
  • Activities

    Jogging / RunningWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumMuniciple / City ParkPark (General)


Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

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 Gar...

  • Location

    55 Stockton St.
    Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Activities

    WalkingYoga (Outdoor)
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)


Robert A. Winters Arboretum at Meadow Lakes

300 Meadow Lakes,
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

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, th...

  • Location

    300 Meadow Lakes,
    East Windsor, New Jersey 08520
  • Activities

    HikingWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumLand Preserve


Middlesex County


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Rutgers Gardens - New Brunswick

112 Ryders Lane,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519

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

  • Location

    112 Ryders Lane,
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519
  • Activities

    HikingWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Monmouth County


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Deep Cut Gardens

352 Red Hill Road
Middletown, New Jersey 07748

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.

  • Location

    352 Red Hill Road
    Middletown, New Jersey 07748
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    County ParksGardens / ArboretumScenic Overlook / Waterfalls


Morris County


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Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

170 Longview Road,
Chester, New Jersey 07931

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 an...

  • Location

    170 Longview Road,
    Chester, New Jersey 07931
  • Activities

    HikingWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    County ParksGardens / ArboretumPark (General)


Frelinghuysen Arboretum

353 East Hanover Avenue,
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

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 beauti...

  • Location

    353 East Hanover Avenue,
    Morristown, New Jersey 07960
  • Activities

    HikingJogging / RunningWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    County ParksGardens / ArboretumPark (General)Scenic Overlook / Waterfalls


Willowwood Arboretum

300 Longview Rd
Chester, NJ 07931

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...

  • Location

    300 Longview Rd
    Chester, NJ 07931
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Ocean County


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Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum of Georgian Court University

900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701

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 B...

  • Location

    900 Lakewood Avenue
    Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Passaic County


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Laurelwood Arboretum

725 Pines Lake Drive West
Wayne, NJ 07470

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 hundr...

  • Location

    725 Pines Lake Drive West
    Wayne, NJ 07470
  • Activities

    HikingWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumPark (General)Scenic Overlook / Waterfalls


New Jersey State Botanical Garden

Morris Rd
Ringwood, New Jersey 07456

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...

  • Location

    Morris Rd
    Ringwood, New Jersey 07456
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum


Somerset County


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Colonial Park Gardens

156 Mettlers Rd
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

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

  • Location

    156 Mettlers Rd
    Somerset, New Jersey 08873
  • Activities

    HikingWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    County ParksGardens / Arboretum


Duke Farms

80 US Highway 206
Hillsborough, NJ 08844-4102

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.

  • Location

    80 US Highway 206
    Hillsborough, NJ 08844-4102
  • Activities

    HikingJogging / RunningWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum
  • Shop/Serv/Rent

    Bike Rentals


Leonard J. Buck Garden

11 Layton Road
Far Hills, New Jersey 07931

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.

  • Location

    11 Layton Road
    Far Hills, New Jersey 07931
  • Activities

    HikingWalking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / ArboretumScenic Overlook / Waterfalls


Union County


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Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue,
Summit, New Jersey 07901

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)

  • Location

    165 Hobart Avenue,
    Summit, New Jersey 07901
  • Activities

    Walking
  • Parks & Gardens

    Gardens / Arboretum

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