Willowwood Arboretum

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Victoria L
Far Hills, New Jersey, United States11 contributions
Rare Trees
Sep 2019
Unique, unusual, mature plantings in a natural, historic setting. Interesting history about the gardens and the buildings.
Written October 20, 2019
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Fenton1826
Rockaway, NJ147 contributions
Pleasant place to visit.
Oct 2019
I attended a wedding ceremony at this arboretum. It was charming and small enough to be intimate. A bit too many insects flying around, for my taste. It's peaceful and pleasant but not spectacular. There were no large groups of people around to impede a quiet walkabout. I'd recommend it for a simple, romantic wedding ceremony. Otherwise, I'm not sure it is worth more than a half hours drive to find it.
Written October 20, 2019
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globaltrvlr2015
Far Hills, New Jersey7 contributions
Nature Lover's Paradise
Aug 2019
Amazing gem hidden away and full of interesting plants & trails. Worth a stroll any time of year but especially in Spring when lilacs bloom. No charge to enter or park.
Written September 29, 2019
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Tiffany E
Maryland, USA123 contributions
Amazing, Beautiful gardens with the historical Tubbs House
Sep 2019
This is a little gem! The Tubbs House is well preserved and has beautiful architecture. The gardens are lush and have both cultivated and native plants. Exploring the gardens will give you a variety of a forest trail, a tree orchard, and meadow lands. There is much to explore, and the trails are easy walks!
Written September 6, 2019
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Kyrano-Tracy
Warminster, UK572 contributions
An unexpected find on our way back to the airport
Aug 2019
Completely by accident we discovered the arboretum while looking for somewhere to seat a quick picnic lunch while driving back to the airport.

We only spent about an hour walking along the trail, but thought the whole place was delightful; I wish we could have spent longer exploring.
Written August 27, 2019
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Keyanna I
Succasunna, NJ237 contributions
Hidden Garden Estate
Aug 2019
Take a peaceful walk through #WillowwoodAboretum Willowwood is 13acres of farm land and has 2,100 native and exotic plants. There are many trail paths. Walking or hiking shoes is recommended along with bug spray and sun block. They have guided walking tours or cell phone tours available. Pets are not welcomed. You will find chairs along the property to relax and take in the beauty. There are picnic tables and benches for you to bring lunch and a restroom. This was an amazing hidden gem!
Written August 12, 2019
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Dorine E
Washington, NJ15 contributions
the stone arch bridge, my favorite feature, don't miss it !!!
Jun 2019 • Solo
2 hour stay is all i had, and, thinking that would be plenty, i started out my natural way by keeping to the right. Wrong. I wound up in the forest. Though it was pleasant, and trees were id'd, and trails fine for an 83 yr old lady, i came upon a very wet, muddy spot that i dare not step thru, so turned around to retrace my steps. I really think i was most of the way around the circuit. I still had plenty of time to see more, and found myself in a Chinese, or at least Asian surroundings, of course plants and trees, and, surprise, a wonderful little foot bridge, stone arch, so perfect. Loved it. It's my favorite feature of the whole place. Don't miss it. Walking was mostly easy throughout. And soon i came upon squared gardens with tall flowering Bee Balm of a wonderful shade of red. My own aren't open yet and i'm hoping they are that color. Many of the plants i was able to ID from years of perennial gardening of my own, but many were new to me also. I've always admired the Vibernum for its lacey flowers and Willowwood had two gorgeous varieties, the blue and, i'll call it mauve, for the other. Such a fantastic flower for such a horrible bush.
Two things, however, i found negative of Willowwood. One is the overpopulation of what i call weeds, altho when is a weed a flower, and visa versa? Often they even enhance a bedding, such as the ones with the tiny yellow flowers. I don't know what they are. The other negativity is the overpopulation of a most horrible plant - the blanketyblank. I know this plant and how it takes over and has the most humungous root that ever a plant had. Never introduce this blanketyblank into your garden. The flowers of it are lovely, but it's a real pain in the a..... to control. And the "leaves" will tear your flesh if you brush by too close.
I had two hours and had to leave. I didn't see everything and often i needed to sit but the lack of frequent benches kept me walking. I liked the area behind the house best i think. Plants that "go together" intermingling in a special tapestry - handiwork of a lazy gardener, like me, is what i especially enjoy, and tho that doesn't overwhelmingly appear to be a Willowwood specialty, it does exist. You have to seek it out.
I enjoyed my two hours, benches are scattered here and there, and wooden chairs appear in grassy areas, the kind an old person had better not settle into else they may never be able to get out of. I would suggest a few more sitting spots for ones like me. Toadstools tucked in shady zones.
Written June 24, 2019
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legraceb2014
Ithaca8 contributions
Historic treasure, once private home
May 2019
Willowoood is the result of an affluent family's dedicated stewardship of the land. The sequoia there is the tallest in the eastern states and the bog garden is an intricate jewel of nature and statuary. The old manse and outbuildings are of interest and there are old photos showing family members hard at work around them. (Yes, family members). More recent plantings are handsome and well tended.
Written May 7, 2019
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Routier_de_France
Geneva, Switzerland25 contributions
Must have been a great retreat
Apr 2017 • Couples
Quiet solitude, nice home style gardens, with flowers. Maybe some benches would help, as there is the feeling that you are expected to move on....
Written February 25, 2018
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r-j-infinity
New Brunswick, NJ26 contributions
Explore this Gilded Age Gentlemans' Retreat for the History.
Sep 2017 • Family
As you turn thru the gates and wind down the long gravel driveway you will be traveling way back in time to an era when wealthy people were setting up these qwerky get-away residences far up in the hills away from the hot smelly cities where they worked. This was all possible because of the recently built railways like the Gladstone. The Rockaway (Rock-a-bye Baby) railway went right by Willowwood, which made it easy for a load of exotic trees to be dropped off to make the arboretum. Now the rail track is a spur of of the Patriot's path. There are 3 small gardens to explore and a maze of trails that wind by the brook and up through the Arboretum and across the big "Long Meadow" and you can even keep going all the way to Bamboo Brook, which is an adjacent park from the same era worth visiting.
Written September 24, 2017
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