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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 3 Leonard J. Buck Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden
Summerset County Park, Far Hills, New Jersey
© Gail A. Sisolak 2012

Naturalistic plantings of native wildflowers, shade perennials and ferns set in a rugged rocky terrain make the 29-acre Leonard J. Buck Garden one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. Mining engineer Buck brought his blasting expertise home and blew away parts of the countryside to reveal the indigenous rock formations.

Landscape architect Zenon Schreiber worked with Buck to develop a garden that would be ecologically correct and not recognizable as being man made. Each outcropping is slightly different, creating varying microclimates which enable different plant groupings of native wildflowers, shade perennials, and ferns, to survive.

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