Dear EscapeMakers — Rock, formal, native, rose, peony, ornamental — whatever garden passion, the beauty and aroma of diverse gardens can be found in
Somerset County, NJ!
The County is home to five renowned garden experiences for you to explore. Plan a visit to Duke Farms, Leonard J. Buck Garden, Peony’s Envy, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden or Hidden Spring Lavender. Gardens Getaways are ideal during Spring and Summer when many plants are in peak bloom!
May 5 – Seed Bombs for Monarchs
May 11 – Forest Gardening in the Home Landscape
May 18 – Nature Immersion
May 18 & June 6 – Getting to Know Orchids
May 31 – Ecology Walk
June 1 – Community Garden Snoop Tour
Duke Farms features a farm-to-table indoor market. There are three gardens on the breathtaking Duke Estate: the Orchid Range, with one of the largest tropical displays in the country, an arboretum
with a Japanese-style meditation garden, and the largest allotment-style
community garden in the U.S.!
Leonard J. Buck Garden
May 5, 12 & 19 – Woodland Walks
Visit one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States, consisting of a series of alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre wooded stream valley.
May 10, 17, 24 & 31 Friday Night Picnics and Garden Tours
May 25 – June 9 – Pick Your Own Peonies
June 1 – Peony Supper- Peak Bloom Party
Nursery and display garden in Bernardsville, with one of the most extensive collections of tree, herbaceous and intersectional peonies in the Northeastern United States. Events and workshops are held throughout the year.
Colonial Park Gardens
May 30 & June 2 – Guided Tours – Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden
June 8th – Rose Day Festival
An accredited All-America Rose Selections (AARS) display garden containing more than 3,000 roses and 325 varieties. The Rose Garden is part of a more extensive Arboretum called Colonial Park Gardens, which includes the Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Ornamental Grass Collection, Perennial Garden, and Shrub Collection.
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm –
June 28 – Lavender Workshop
June 29 – Lavender Fields Forever Five-Course Supper
Lavender fields and store featuring bouquets, buds, oil or culinary products made with 100% pure lavender and essential oils.