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Leonard J. Buck Garden

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Address: 11 Layton Rd, Far Hills, NJ 07931-2536
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lovely little hideaway in Far Hills

I came here solo on a weekday in late October. I wasn't expecting too much considering it was already fall. The place was tucked away on a small road in a really beautiful section... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2015
Bridgewater, NJ
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Bridgewater, NJ
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Reviewed November 7, 2015

I came here solo on a weekday in late October. I wasn't expecting too much considering it was already fall. The place was tucked away on a small road in a really beautiful section of town. Upon arrival I went to the visitor's center and was warmly greeted, given a map and the lady suggested which paths to take to... More 

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2015

Part of Somerset County Park Commission, this garden is sculpted from a glacial stream valley known as Moggy Hollow Natural Area, where waterfalls once cascaded, leaving behind rock faces, outcroppings, ponds and a stream. It's relatively small (33 acres) in comparison to other parks, but it is very unique in that is "one of the nation's premier rock gardens, featuring... More 

Thank D L
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Reviewed April 7, 2015

I visited this garden on a sunny day after Easter. I was visiting my son in Highland Park and this garden with its winding trails was a short drive. Our first stop was the visitor center where we were given a warm greeting, a map and some pointers on where to start our walk. She told us we could walk... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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Reviewed October 7, 2014

Went here today for the first time. What a beautiful park and gorgeous flowers everywhere. It's definitely very hilly so don't go if you can't handle going up the hills. But it is absolutely breathtaking

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Guardin State NJ
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Not for strollers/bikes. Hilly but manageable with benches in shady spots. Best bargain for a $3- donation. Bring your camera. Lots of flora!

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2014

We visited on a weekend when they were giving complementary tours. It really added so much to have someone who could explain the history of the place along with all of the flowers and vegetation. We were probably three weeks ahead of peak bloom, but still enjoyed the natural beauty of the grounds and flowers and trees already in bloom.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

After driving for 4 hours, it was refreshing stop to relax a bit. There were a few flowers showing along the pathways. We kept following the winding pathways all the way up and around. Although it is difficult to blot out the roaring 287 traffic, we are glad we made found this garden.

1 Thank Rowena H
Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Buck Garden is an outstanding example of humans working together with Mother Nature to create a living work of art. I especially enjoyed seeing the rustic wooden hand rails and bridges incorporated throughout this woodland rock garden, with its many rare flowers, shrubs and trees. We will have to return during the Fall and next Spring.

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Long Valley NJ
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is such a lovely place to stroll and relax until you get to the far end of the gardens. That's when the highway noise intrudes. Aside from that it is well worth a visit.

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Montville, New Jersey
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472 attraction reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Carved out by the Wisconsin Glacier, gifted to the Somerset County Park System by the Buck family, developed by horticultural professionals and maintained by a dedicated staff and volunteers, Leonard J, Buck Gardens is a wonderful accomplishment in land usage. I enjoyed visiting the arboretum for years gaining inspiration and direction in formulating my own backyard garden. The natural rock... More 

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