Leaming's Run Gardens, Cape May Court House

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Leaming's Run Gardens (30 acres) were flower gardens located at 1845 US Route 9 North, Swainton, in Middle Township, New Jersey. The gardens are now indefinitely closed.

The gardens were designed and created by Jack and Emily Aprill and children, and opened to the public in 1977. Until closure, Leaming's Run Gardens claimed to be the largest annual flower garden in the United States. It consisted of the following gardens: Blue and Red Garden, Blue and White garden, Celosia Garden, Down Jersey Garden (heat-loving plants), English Cottage Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Orange Garden, Pink Garden, Red and White Garden, Reflection Garden, Serpentine Garden (red salvia), Shades of Rose Garden (roses underplanted with rose-colored flowers), Sweetheart Garden (pinks and purple), and Yellow Garden.

Leaming's Garden received its name from a long stream that ran through the land. The stream was known as "Uncle Aaron Leaming's Run." Jack and Emily Aprill, as mentioned above, purchased the property in 1957 and intended to make the gardens gorgeous and have other people enjoy the beauty of nature.
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  • While this attraction is closed, there are others in the area like the Cape May County Park and Zoo that are good for families and couples. It's a free zoo that is only a few miles south of this... 
    While this attraction is closed, there are others in the area like the Cape May County Park and Zoo that are good for families and couples. It's a free zoo that is only a few miles south of this...  more »
  • Trip Advisor should update its page on Lemmings Run. Sadly business was destroyed by fire and owners financially unable to recoup losses and rebuild. It was a lovely, enchanting walk through their... 
    Trip Advisor should update its page on Lemmings Run. Sadly business was destroyed by fire and owners financially unable to recoup losses and rebuild. It was a lovely, enchanting walk through their...  more »
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  • Not a grand formal garden, but a well layed out walk through the woods with small surprises around each turn. Peaceful and lovely.
  • Leaming's Run gardens A lovely little family owned and operated garden, on a historic property. Thomas Leaming built a home for his wife (Hannah, a great grand daughter of of John and Elizabeth Howland of the Mayflower) in 1706. They raised their 7 children there. The house still stands on the property and has been continuously occupied for 309 years, over 200 of them in the Leaming family. The property was bought in the 1970's by the Jack Aprill and his wife who raised their 4 sons in the Thomas Leaming house and slowly turned the heavily wooded land into acres of garden, ponds nature preserve and humming bird haven. The lovely garden is now maintained, almost singlehandedly by Jack"s charming daughter in law, Missy, who discovered years after living and working there, that she is a direct descendent of Thomas and Hannah Leaming!

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