Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, Chester: Address, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center Reviews: 4/5

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
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Routier_de_France
Geneva, Switzerland25 contributions
Great day out for the solitary wanderer
Jun 2017 • Couples
Space to sit and enjoy nature. BUT watch for ticks in the field. Many plants in bloom, and a nice getaway from the busy malls.
Written February 25, 2018
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r-j-infinity
New Brunswick, NJ26 contributions
Nice side trip if visiting other nearby sites.
Sep 2017 • Solo
Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center is noteworthy because it is the former home of Martha Brookes Hutcheson, who was a landscape architect during the very early 1900’s. She studied for several years at MIT and then later went on to design the grounds of residential estates in Massachusetts. After she got married, she retired and landscaped the property you will be visiting. It's a quiet remote place next to Willowwood Arboretum.
Written October 7, 2017
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FamReun2013
North Plainfield, NJ150 contributions
Quiet Garden
Oct 2017 • Couples
We visited in the fall so there were not a lot of flowers blooming. We did see birds, butterflies, dragonflies, tadpoles and chipmunks. It was very quiet since there were only a few other people there. Many of the paths were covered with rubberized gravel but others had steps or were mown grass, and the path we took on the far side of the meadow went uphill. There is a single restroom on the property.
Written October 3, 2017
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NJ732
22 contributions
Beautiful grounds.
Jul 2017 • Couples
Beautiful grounds with some flowers. Well maintained. Some ponds with frogs, tadpoles, dragonflies. Not crowded. There are hiking trails which connect to Willowwood Arboretum down the road.
Written July 9, 2017
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LAURIE S
Buckhannon, WV349 contributions
Regal lifestyle still can be visualized
Apr 2017 • Couples
Huge summer property turned over to the county for an arboretum. Grounds are very well maintained and one can picture drinks at the tennis court back in the day. Gardens had brooks and ponds with plenty of flowers. Cottage built over brooks and toy house on grounds.
Written April 11, 2017
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,583 contributions
Free to Explore Stately Gardens
Mar 2017 • Solo
Bamboo Brook is registered on both the National and State Register of Historic Places since 1989. The structures and gardens are not only historic but are an horticultural and architectural delight. Created by Martha Brooks Hutcheson, an MIT graduate in landscape architecture in the 1920's, who was a pioneer in the field. Her book "The Spirit of the Garden", published in 1923 was an early harbinger in the field. There are a number of structures on the property but the most prominent is the Colonial Revival House .The property incorporates Beaux-Arts principles with an Italian Renaissance inspired organizational theme. A series of pools of water and connecting waterways add a sense of serenity to the landscape and were restored to there original form in 1945. The sunken cement circular pool is of particular note. The formal framing of vistas, enhancement of natural topography and use of native and foreign plants makes strolling about the grounds a memorial experience. A one mile hiking trail leading to Willowwood Arboretum is a worthwhile addition to the experience. Trail maps can be obtained online and at Willowwood Arboretum in the outside kiosk in the parking lot. May-October is prime season for viewing the landscape with a huge butterfly diversity in the summer months. It's a wonderful day of exploring wildlife, fauna and flora, in a stately free to explore setting.
Written March 31, 2017
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Taughboyne
NJ580 contributions
Clean pools would make it a 5
Apr 2016
If you are into the history of landscape architecture and want to see an example of designs by a largely forgotten pioneer - Martha Brookes Hutcheson - this is a great place. The site is organized on sloping ground around a series of ponds and connecting watercourses. It makes a nice pairing with the Willowwood arboretum just down the road. We visited at the end of winter when the ponds were choked with dead leaves and algae, so they did not hold any living plants or fish. We hope this is just a temporary condition because it detracts from what is generally an attractive well kept spot.
Written April 17, 2016
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gl0baltr0tter
Shanghai, China1,077 contributions
A beautiful and serene place in the middle of a state park
Nov 2014 • Couples
This garden and surrounding farm was owned by Martha Brookes Hutcheson, a MIT graduate and author who studied and wrote about Landscape Architecture, with her husband. It is now on the State and National Registers of Historical Places lists.
Written November 11, 2014
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MitchPhyllis65
Morristown, NJ4,693 contributions
Interesting Center
Mar 2013 • Couples
The Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center is made up of 100 acres of fields, forests, trails, various structures, and is located just down the road from the Willowwood Arboretum. The main structure at Bamboo Brook is the Hutcheson House which dates from the 1720’s and its formal garden pool. A public restroom is located at the Tenant House next to the barns. There is a trail that connects Bamboo Brook and Willowwood. We picked up a site map of both parks at the Willowwood Arboretum parking lot.
Written July 25, 2013
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