We don’t know about you, but wandering around secret gardens full of bursts of colors is one of the most relaxing experiences! Lucky for our residents and visitors, Somerset County has several unique and often little-known garden experiences to explore for throughout the seasons. Take a stroll among the leaves at one of our arboretums, peek late season blooms in our rose or ornamental gardens, or escape reality for a while in our snow-covered rock garden.
Leonard J. Buck Garden – Far Hills
Somerset County’s renowned rock garden, the Leonard J. Buck Garden is currently open to the public for exploration. Current Hours and What’s In Bloom.
Rudolf W. Van der Goot Rose Garden
Somerset County’s renowned Van der Goot Rose Garden at Colonial Park Hours is open to the public.
Adjacent to the Rose Garden is Colonial Park’s Perennial Garden. This garden is open year round, but spring is one of our favorite times to visit with so many daffodils, lilacs, daphnes, and pinks. Later on in the summer you’ll see irises, peonies, roses, lilies, and coreopsis blooming amongst the shrubs.
Peony’s Envy Nursery and Display Gardens will be opening their Display Gardens from April 28 through June 11! Admission to the peony gardens is $10 per person, including children. During Peak Bloom, admission will be $20 per person including children of all ages. Plants and products are available for purchase at the gardens via cash or credit card.
Be sure to see the Peony’s Envy Bloom Timeline Chart for details on what is in bloom.
Cross Estate Gardens
When we mentioned a secret garden above, Cross Estate is what we had in mind. Gorgeous wisteria fall from these pergolas in late April-early May, quickly followed by bursts of purple from the mountain laurel in late May that marks the entryway into the gardens. Truly a hidden gem in Somerset County. And don’t forget to visit year-round! These gardens are maintained and planted with blooms popping up throughout the warmer months.
U-pick tulips are back at Snyder’s Farm! Until mid-May, visitors may check out the fields at this location. You’ll want to head back over the summer to see the beautiful zinnias and sunflowers too!
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm and Alpacas
We love the light fragrance and the softness of lavender. It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Hidden Spring Lavender Farm and Alpacas. If you love seeing lavender, you also have to check out the alpacas on site – you can even book time to walk them around the property!
Duke Farms trails remain open for the season. Current hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30am-4:30pm. See the most current hours of operation and all other updates, see their website here.
While you’re here…
Taste the flavors of Somerset County.
Find the perfect spot to savor the moment with friend or family at one of these fine Somerset County eateries.
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Before you go…
Take a look at our Destination Guide for some complimentary activities to make your Somerset County garden adventure a true getaway!