New Jersey’s gardens are a delight for the senses. As you absorb all the beauty during a relaxing stroll throughout our stunning horticultural displays and lush landscapes, you’ll soon discover why we’re called the Garden State!
Described as one of the most beautiful gardens in the country, Leaming’s Run Gardens in Swainton boasts 27 acres, making it also the largest annual garden in the United States.
Discover a superb English-style garden at the Avis Campbell Gardens in Montclair. And for you rose lovers, there’s the Wallbridge Rose Garden in Millburn. If you’re looking for variety, the Duke Gardens in Hillsborough offer 11 spectacular gardens under glass that reflect the traditions of various countries.
When you’re in Middletown, make a stop at the 54-acre Deep Cut Gardens, where greenhouses feature native plant materials that can be viewed throughout the seasons.
Azalea lovers will adore the Jay Pratt Azalea Gardens in Sharptown, which is open for viewing in May and cultivates more than 400 varieties on private lands.
Another botanical treasure can be found in Newark’s Branch Brook Park, which has the biggest collection of cherry trees anywhere in the world. Visitors flock to the park each spring to view the large reddish-pink and white blossoms.
Dedicated in 1984, the 96-acre New Jersey State Botanical Garden is the culmination of two eras of landscape architectural enterprise. It features an extensive variety of plants, evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs in specialty areas. The crabapple vista, terraced gardens, perennial and annual gardens and woodland paths make it a delight to discover.
The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair feature a collection of more than 4,000 varieties of world-famous irises, some dating to the 1500s. The gardens also boast an unmatched array of well-known and rare irises, which has earned it National Historic Site designation.
Another beautiful springtime attraction is the Sayen Gardens in Hamilton. Filled with azaleas and rhododendrons brought from China, Japan and England, they highlight a collection of colorful blossoming species, providing a feast for the eyes. The gardens hold some 2,000 azaleas and 1,500 rhododendrons of hybrid and native species.
One of the state’s most unique gardens is the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. The 35-acre garden blends the meticulously groomed grounds with exhibits of both well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors to create a sculpture park.
All over the state, flower fanatics can tour arboretums and botanical gardens and even go home with a carload of fresh herbs for your garden from the Well Well-Sweep Herb Farm in Port Murray.
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