Plant Sales, Bird-Watching and More at These 9 Gorgeous New Jersey Gardens

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After the winter, it’s a delight to see bright bursts of color as gardens bloom back to life. Whether you’re seeking a little inspiration for your green thumb or simply looking to take a leisurely stroll among the verdant landscape, there are plenty of gorgeous gardens to explore in New Jersey.

Check out NJNext’s list below, which includes upcoming events like plant sales that you won’t want to miss:

New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Skylands– Ringwood

Part of Ringwood State Park, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Don’t miss the annual plant sale held May 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, hanging baskets, and potted plants. Knowledgeable Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice, and the plants are lush and healthy. Come early for the best selection. Free admission.

Reeves Reed Arboretum – Summit

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This 13.5 acre National Historic Landmark features award-winning gardens and woodland trails and presents horticultural and environmental education programs. Check out the roster of events for adults and children this spring here.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum – Morris Township

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The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum are gearing up for the annual plant sale held May 4 – 5. Not only is this one of the biggest plant sales in the tristate area, it’s also an important fundraiser. By volunteering at the sale and shopping for thousands of gorgeous plants, you can ensure that the Friends will continue to sponsor the many popular horticultural programs throughout the year.

Van Vleck House & Gardens – Montclair

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These private gardens are open to the public, 365 days a year. The house is a center for non-profit groups and is available to them for meetings, retreats, and fundraisers. Visitors are welcome to enjoy all the garden spaces and are encouraged to stop by for classes, concerts, and special events.

Don’t miss the House & Garden Plant Sale, the perfect place to stock up on unique perennials, shrubs, vines, annuals and edibles to help spruce up your garden just in time for summer. Van Vleck’s knowledgeable Garden Staff and volunteers will be onsite to offer tips and recommendations.

hours are as follows:

Friday, May 3: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 4: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 5: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, May 6: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Morven Museum & Garden – Princeton

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Formerly the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion, Morven rests on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton and is designated a National Historic Landmark. There’s the annual Morven in May, a weekend event from May 3-5 featuring a plant sale now in its 18th year. This year’s event will  pay homage to the refurbished historic gardens. The garden hosts numerous other events throughout the spring.

Greenwood Gardens – Short Hills

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This gem tucked away in Short Hills opens for the season on May 2. Enjoy light refreshments and a stroll thru the gardens. A Spring Holiday Pop-Up Shop will feature Greenwood-inspired gifts. Begin your day earlier with Audubon Naturalist Dave Hall when he leads a birding tour of Greenwood Gardens and some areas of South Mountain Reservation. Learn more here.

Duke Farms – Hillsborough

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Located in Hillsborough on a 2,740-acre property, where over 1,000 acres are open to the public for self-discovery, outdoor activities, and education and research related to ecological sustainability, Duke Farms plays host to highly-anticipated events, including Exploring Eagles featuring the farms’ two resident bald eagles.

Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton

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There’s a stunning surprise around every corner at this 42-acre oasis. From bird-watching events to visiting authors and exhibitions, visitors find the landscape and sculptures aren’t the only draw. Learn more here.

Children’s Garden – Camden

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Located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium, this garden is a hit with little garden enthusiasts as it features a carousel and train as well as a tree house, which provides a great vantage point.

Bonus round! Here are 10 more Garden State gardens and arboretums to check out:

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens — Montclair

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum — Short Hills

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