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 other unusual species of plants and trees. Gravel paths wind and connect through the Arboretum, making it an ideal destination for hikers, runners, birdwatchers, plant enthusiasts and photographers.

Once a commercial nursery, Laurelwood Arboretum is now maintained as a public park through a partnership between the Township of Wayne and the non-profit organization Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, Inc (FOLA).

Memberships, donations, volunteer involvement and public funds all help ensure that this unique property will remain an oasis for generations of visitors who come to be inspired and renewed.

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A Brief History

John and Dorothy Knippenberg purchased 30 acres of property across from their home in Pines Lake, Wayne in the 1930's. Known as Laurelwood Gardens, it was an active commercial nursery that specialized in rhododendrons and azaleas. The Knippenbergs were widely known and respected for their many registered hybrids and their generosity to the local community. Dorothy studied and applied her horticultural skills to developing woodland, rock and display gardens throughout the property. She tended to Laurelwood tirelessly, working in the gardens from early morning till late in the evening.

After the death of John Knippenberg, the property was deeded to Wayne and became part of the township's park system. Dorothy continued to supervise Laurelwood and work in the gardens. At this time, a small grassroots community group formed to support Dorothy in maintaining the property and ensuring its future as a public park. In 2003, this group was formalized as Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, Inc (FOLA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

After Dorothy's death in 2006, a partnership was formed between FOLA and the Township of Wayne. FOLA assumed responsibility for maintaining and improving the Arboretum's horticultural inheritance. This includes managing designated public funds and Laurelwood's three seasonal employees.

Amenities / Features of Laurelwood Arboretum:

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Parks and Natural Areas
Gardens / Arboretum
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General Amenities
Bird watching
Sight Seeing
Nature / Environmental Center
Parking Lot(s)
Picnic / Sitting Area
Gazeboo / Pavilion
Scenic Areas (overlooks/waterfalls)
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Northern NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Gateway (Berg, Ess, Hud, Mid, Pas, Uni)
Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.9868
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.2671
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Laurelwood Arboretum
Special Connections
Friends Of GetOutsideNJ
Garden State Gardens
Trails / Trail Information
Flat / Easy
Walking Paths

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