New Jersey State Botanical Garden: Perennial Garden

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The Perennial Garden at NJ State Botanical Garden»

The Skylands section of Ringwood State Park in northern New Jersey consists of the historic Skylands Manor, Shepherd Lake and the New Jersey Botanical Garden. In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the estate to form its State Botanical Gardens.IMG_7566The 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 Skylands Association.IMG_7562In the 1920s-50s, Skylands was owned by Clarence Lewis. Lewis was a wealthy investment banker who was also a trustee of the New York Botanical Garden. He collected plants and employed 60 gardeners to work his estate.IMG_7581The Perennial Garden is across The Avenue from the manor. There are different flowers in bloom throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. These beds were restored to Lewis’ original designs by volunteers.IMG_7565

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Location: 2 Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Designation: State Park

Date designated or established: 1966

Date of my visit: May 21, 2020IMG_7571

11 thoughts on “New Jersey State Botanical Garden: Perennial Garden

  1. Dude that first pic is such a GREAT SHOT! Love the sun shining through there for a quick minute. High five on that! I’ve only been to Jersey once when I was a kid. Got family there. Didn’t realize they’d have such beauty 🙂 I’ll definitely ask if they’ve visited this place before.

  2. Dear Theresa,

    Thank you for your like on my blog on Kingston and Cooperstown. You have to go up and see the National Baseball Hall of Fame if you have not already have. It was amazing and the foliage in Upstate New York is beautiful.

    You have to check out my site, on to see the insides of the manor at Christmas time. It will not be open this year because of COVID but the grounds will remain open all year as long as the weather is nice (a friend works there and said they cancelled everything). Also, check out the Paterson Falls in Paterson, NJ this time of year. Talk about spectacular and so close to home. If you are ever up in the Kingston Roundout in Kingston, NY check out the Trolley Museum. The museum has a trolley that travels up the Hudson River as part of the package.

    I hope all is well and stay safe!

    My best,

    Justin (

    1. The Trolley Museum sounds cool…I’m not sure about Cooperstown. My friends with kids on travel teams complain about having to go there every year. Maybe it’s the chaos of dealing with all the boys on a field trip and not the museum itself.

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