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Skylands, in Ringwood State Park in northern New Jersey consists of the historic Skylands Manor and the New Jersey Botanical Garden. The estate was built in the 1920s by a wealthy business man from New York.
In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the estate to form its State Botanical Gardens. The Manor is available as a venue for weddings and offers tours on Sundays from March to November.
The gardens are open to the public every day of the year and are on 96 acres in the Ramapo Mountains. They are maintained by the non profit Skyland Association.
I visited with a photography class. There was an event being held at the manor that day, so we explored the gardens, practicing with different settings on our cameras.
Location: 2 Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Designation: State Park
Date designated or established: 1966
Date of my visit: September 20, 2015