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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 5 Grounds For Sculpture Hamilton, New Jersey

Grounds For Sculpture, a 35-acre sculpture park and museum, has captivated visitors since 1992, and has only gained in popularity as more of the public discovers its tranquil setting and engaging sculpture.

Over 240 contemporary sculptures, from monumental to smaller scale, can be found on the beautifully landscaped grounds.  Indoor Exhibitions of emerging and well-known artists are shown throughout the year in two expansive, glass-walled buildings that were once exhibit halls for the New Jersey State Fair.

Grounds For Sculpture also offers gardens, water features, an exciting restaurant—Rat’s, a Café, Museum Shop, Toad Hall Shop & Gallery, and a seasonally-open Gazebo Café for visitors.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 4 Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit, New Jersey
© Gail A. Sisolak 2012

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is 12.5-acres of magnificent natural beauty. Its estate and gardens represent design trends by prominent landscape architects of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Distinct from a park, an arboretum is an educational conservancy promoting the awareness that the natural environment needs protection and deserves concern. Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are conserved and identified in their natural settings for study and appreciation. Native flora, new plant introductions and unusual specimens that can be grown in the region are on display.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.