While there is no definitive explanation for New Jersey’s nickname of “The Garden State,” New Jersey is unquestionably filled with public gardens and arboretums. Whether you are looking for a verdant oasis filled with birdsong, a chance to explore moss-covered pathways framed by historic garden architecture or the opportunity to view sculpture set amidst dramatic scenery, New Jersey has something for you.
This 127-acre facility includes a Colonial Revival home on the National Historic Register, many nature trails, themed gardens, plant collections, and art gallery. Ever changing seasonal blooms provide visual interest throughout the year.
Inviting benches, chairs and picnic tables encourage visitors to linger, or picnic while enjoying the scenic splendor. Raised beds filled with a profusion of colorful plants are accessible to all visitors, including young children or those with mobility restrictions.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum is part of the Morris County Park Commission (MCPC) which is considered a leading park system in the nation.
This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.