Leonard J. Buck Garden

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Leonard J. Buck Garden

11 Layton Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931
908-234-2677 | 908-234-9409
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Property Description

One of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. Begun in the late 1930's, the garden has reached a breathtaking point of maturity. It consists of a series of alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre wooded stream valley. Named for Mr. Leonard J. Buck, who developed the garden as part of his estate, it was donated to the Somerset County Park Commission by Mrs. Helen Buck in 1976.

Mr. Buck worked with Mr. Zenon Schreiber, a well-known landscape architect, to develop a naturalistic garden which incorporated several large rock outcroppings found on the property. Their aim was to create a garden that would be ecologically correct and not recognizable as being man-made. Each outcropping is slightly different, creating varying exposures and microclimates which enable different plant associations to thrive.


From Route 287 North and South: Follow Rt. 287 North to Exit 22B, or follow Rt. 287S to Exit 22. Both exits are marked Rts. 202/206 North. Take Rts. 202/206 North and go through one traffic light at River Road. Rts. 202/206 will split. At the fork, bear right onto Rt. 202 North toward Far Hills/Morristown. Bear right again at the next light. Follow Rt. 202 North to railroad tracks. Just before the railroad tracks, make a right onto Liberty Corner Road (Rt. 512 East). Travel one mile and make a right onto Layton Road. The Buck Garden entrance will be on your left.