8 Gorgeous Gardens to Sprout into Spring

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    Sayen House and Gardens, Hamilton

It should come as no surprise that the “Garden State” is filled with gorgeous botanical retreats across the state. Get outdoors and discover some of the area’s most spectacular botanical gardens with these beautiful places to see in New Jersey.

1. Nestled in the forested expanse of Ringwood State Park in northern New Jersey, the specialty gardens of New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood sprawls over 96 acres, offering miles of walking trails to explore. Bonus: Free admission.

2. Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills is also surrounded by forestland. This 28-acre garden — which reopens to the public May 2017 after renovation — is enveloped by 2,110 acres of South Mountain Reservation, and it was once the private residence of the affluent Joseph P. Day family during the early 1900s. Today, it is a public paradise with meadows, ponds, terraces, and historic buildings.

3. Flanking the shoreline of Westons Mill Pond in New Brunswick, Rutgers Gardens is a peaceful retreat for nature seekers. Wander among the gardens to discover a bamboo forest, ornamental tree collection, and a rhododendron and azalea garden. Bonus: Free admission.

4. The intimate setting of Davis Johnson Gardens in Tenafly might be small in size — only about 7 acres — but its beauty is indisputable, making it a popular place for weddings and photos. Take a stroll on the walking pathways, and don’t miss the nationally accredited rose garden. Bonus: Free admission.

5. What Somerset’s Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden lacks in size, it makes up for in quantity and quality. Reopening in the spring, the merely one acre, you will discover more than 3,000 gorgeous roses, comprised of 325 varieties, from “Old Garden Roses” to modern-day hybrids. Free admission, but donation requested.

6. Conveniently located in historic Hamilton Square, Sayen House and Gardens is the perfect spot for a quick retreat into nature. Spring just happens to be the perfect time to visit this 30-acre oasis, when more than 250,000 flowering bulbs — plus decorative trees and bushes — unfurl into gorgeous, colorful blooms. Bonus: Free admission.

7. Bring the kiddos to get their hands a little dirty at Camden Children’s Garden, where they can learn about nature, horticulture and wildlife with hands-on experiences. This family-friendly spot also offers fun rides, play areas and a butterfly house.