An arboretum can be thought of as a living outdoor museum comprised of a variety of trees, shrubs, and plants. It is a place where trees are observed and studied for educational and ornamental purposes. Endangered species find protection here. Visitors can study the varieties and develop design ideas for their own homes. Most importantly, it provides a much needed peaceful oasis for people to visit and enjoy.
Colonial Park Arboretum
156 Mettlers Rd, Somerset | 732-873-2459 Website | Map
This 144 acre arboretum, the former Mettlers Estate, is located in Colonial Park at parking lots A & F. View ornamental trees and shrubs that found in central Jersey. Trees showcased here include firs, maples, spruces, cedars, buckeyes, ironwoods, hollies, junipers, oaks, mountain ashes and more. The Rudolph W. van der Goot Rose Garden and a 5 acre Perrennial Garden are nearby. Open daily dawn to dusk.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum | 324 Forest Dr S, Short Hills | 973-376-3587
This historic woodlands arboretum has over 40 species of trees including dogwood, oaks, beech and tulip trees. Explore the many trails and walking paths here on the 16.5 acre fenced in grounds. You will see native Jersey wildflowers, an array of rare ferns and many species of birds. Stop in the Stone House Education Center to see animal exhibits and a small collection of animals such as geckos, turtles, snakes, chinchillas and rabbits. Trails and grounds open year round from dawn to dusk.
David C Shaw Arboretum Website | Map
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733 732-946-9562
Named after a former Shade Tree Commission superintendent, this lovely 22 acre arboretum can be found inside Holmdel Park. With nearly 3,000 trees, you will find hundreds of species and varieties of ornamental trees and shrubs that grow best in Monmouth County. Along with a Dwarf Conifer Garden view true cedars, dogwoods, cherry trees, linden, crabapples, and a weeping pagoda. Open daily dawn to dusk.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum Website Map
53 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township, NJ 07962 973-326-7601
Named after Matilda E. Frelinghuysen, this scenic and peaceful 127 acre preserve is a top pick arboretum. It is the state's largest horticultural park. Enjoy a stroll past the Colonial Revival mansion with its Great Lawn and formal rose gardens. Follow the nature trails and walkways lined with labeled trees and shrubs. Bring a picnic basket and relax on the Great Lawn. Matilda's Cafe is open seasonally and offers a light fare and boxed lunches. Free admission to the park, open daily 8am to dusk.
Hunterdon County Arboretum Website Map
1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833 908-782-1158
This 73 acre property was once a commercial nursery started by George Bloomer in the 1940's. Now it is home to a variety of trees, shrubs, and flower gardens with numerous short trails winding through the different fields. A unique 2-level gazebo stands at the center garden area and a smaller gazebo is found by the pond. Kids will have fun on the enchanting Wizard Walk trail complete with a castle and hidden animal search. The gardens and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Laurelwood Arboretum Website Map
725 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470 973-831-5675
Laurelwood is a 30 acre botanical public park featuring woodland trails, gardens, ponds and wildlife. Hundreds of varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons add to the beauty of this arboretum. Self guided tour brochures are available. On the Native Tree Tour, walk past 20 unusual trees like Red Cedar, River Birch, Hickory & Hazel. The Exotic Tree Tour showcases 18 trees including the Gingo and the Japanese Umbrella Tree. Open daily 8am to dusk.
Linwood Arboretum Website Map
1410 Wabash Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221 609-926-7973
Designed in 2009, this tiny arboretum sits on a triangle shaped lot of less than an acre in size. This hidden gem features a colorful variety of southern Jersey trees and plants all packed into a small space. The collection of Magnolia's boasts 11 types including rare yellow-flowered varieties. You will also see dwarf conifers, hydrangeas, redbuds, and a colorful bog garden. Two types of red twig-dogwoods named Arctic Flame and Midwinter Fire are a real eye catcher in the winter months. The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle tree is pictured here. Open daily dawn to dusk.
Marquand Park and Arboretum Website Map
2 Lovers Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540 609-921-9480
This impressive 17 acre woodland preserve has an historic collection of trees with some dating back over 200 years. The former 19th century estate, belonged to Richard Stockton Field, a professor at Princeton University. There are over 140 different native and exotic trees that reflect the interest of original owner. Richard collected trees the way other men would collect cars. His wealth allowed him to bring trees back from all over the world. Walking trails, picnic tables and benches are provided. Open to the public, daily dawn to dusk.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum Website Map
165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 908-273-8787
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Reeves-Reeve is a reflection of late 19th and early 20th garden design. Stroll the grounds on the self-guided tour. This 13 acre estate showcases century old trees including Katsura, Sugar Maple, Ginkgo, a giant Sequoia and the popular Elephant Tree. Enjoy a family adventure on Discovery Saturdays with a backpack filled with binoculars and field guides. Visit in April for the annual Daffodil Bowl featuring thousands of daffodils in bloom. The grounds and Visitors Center are open April thru Oct from 7am-7pm and 9am-4pm from Nov thru March. Free with a suggested $5 donation per visitor.
Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum Website Map
900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood Twp, NJ 08701 732-987-2373
Located on the campus of Georgian Court University, this historical landmark was was designed to resemble English estates of the Georgian period. The Sisters of Mercy acquired the property in 1924. Named after former Biology professor, Mary Grace Burns, this arboretum features a collection of over 2,000 native plants of the Pine Barrens located throughout the campus grounds. The Japanese Garden has a genuine teahouse and many Japanese Yew, maples and weeping cherry trees. The circa 1900 gardens surrounding the estate include the Italian, Sunken, and Formal Garden. Free to the public, open daily from 8am to dusk.
Willowwood Arboretum Website Map
300 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 908-234-1815
Paradise Farm was the original name of this property purchased by brothers Robert and Henry Tubb. They were avid gardeners and dreamed of growing woody plants and unusual trees and shrubs. This 133 acre arboretum has over 3,500 plant types and boasts an historic collection of trees including oak, maple, willow, magnolia, fir, lilac, cherry, and a 98 foot tall Dawn Redwood tree. Lovely meadows and gardens abound. A cell phone tour is an added bonus to guide you through the grounds. Be sure to visit nearby Bamboo Brook Gardens. Open for free, daily from 8am to dusk.
Places To Go
Cherry Blossom Festival
Branch Brook Park
Park Ave & Lake St
Newark, NJ 07104
View the largest collection of cherry blossom trees right here in the garden state. Visit Branch Brook Park in April during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Close to 3,000 pink and white trees will burst into color.
Chapel Ave, Cherry Hill