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Smell the Flowers

Duke Farms Japanese-style Garden

We don’t know about you, but we could really go for a bit of wandering around a secret garden after the Spring we had! Lucky for our residents and visitors, Somerset County has several unique and often little-known garden experiences to explore for Summer 2020. Take a stroll among the leaves and blooms, and escape reality for a while at our breathtaking rock, rose or peony gardens or at one of our arboretums.


Duke Farms

Updated July 7, 2020Duke Farms trails, the arboretum and the Meditation Garden remain open for visitation at 50% capacity. Current hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-6:00pm. While all buildings including the Orchid Range continue to be closed, the Cafe has resumed operations outside on the patio of the Farm Barn. See hours of operation and all other Covid-19 info here. Restrooms are available however masks are required. The tram is not running at this time. More information

Leonard J. Buck Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden

Updated June 10, 2020 – Somerset County’s renowned rock garden, the Leonard J. Buck Garden, reopened on June 16, 2020! Hours are Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm. Learn more.



Van der Goot Rose Garden at Colonial Park

Van der Goot Rose Garden

Update June 9, 2020 – Somerset County’s renowned Van der Goot Rose Garden at Colonial Park reopen on June 15, 2020! Hours are M, T, Th, and F from 10am-2pm, and Sat/Sun from 10am-4pm. Admittance for senior citizens on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-9:30am. Learn more.



Peony’s Envy

Updated June 13, 2020 – Peony’s Envy display gardens and U-Pick peonies have closed to the public for the season. Please visit their website for seed and plant sales as well as peony gift items and classes year-round.

Peony’s Envy Cut Flower Fields opened on Wednesday, May 27 to the public for U-Pick Peonies. Please note that the location for the cut flower fields is separate from Peony’s Envy Nursery and Display Gardens and they are only open on select dates in late May and early June. The cut flower fields are located at English Farm in Liberty Corner (Basking Ridge), New Jersey. (3625 Valley Road, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938)

Peony’s Envy Nursery and Display Gardens reopened to the public through the second Sunday in June – pending COVID guidance from the state of New Jersey. Admission $10 per person, including children. Plants and products available for purchase via cash or credit card.

Be sure to see the Peony’s Envy Bloom Timeline Chart for details on what is in bloom.


While you’re here…

Taste the flavors of Somerset County.

Find the perfect spot to savor the moment outdoors with one of these fine Somerset County eateries.


Relax in unique accommodations.

From luxurious country inns to contemporary hotels, Somerset County is ready to welcome you back to safe and comfortable accommodations to suit every travel style and budget. Explore reopened hotels.


Before you go…Destination Guide

Take a look at our Destination Guide for some complimentary activities to make your Somerset County garden adventure a true getaway!