New Jersey State Botanical Garden: Peony Garden

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The Peony 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_7533The 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_7532In 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_7531The Peony Garden is on the last tier of the manor’s terraced gardens with a memory bench at the far end that was originally intended as a vault for the family’s ashes. The sides of the garden are bordered with Tree Peonies. These Peonies are from China and are known as the King of Flowers because of their large size.IMG_7528

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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_7524




9 thoughts on “New Jersey State Botanical Garden: Peony Garden

  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful flowers, Theresa. I suspect that the park is a go to place for folks out of NYC. –Curt

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