Willowwood Arboretum, Far Hills

Willowwood Arboretum, 130acre, is an arboretum and public park located at 300 Longview Road, Chester, New Jersey, in the United States. It is part of the Morris County Park System and is open to the public daily.The location was first cleared for farming in the 18th century, which led to the formation of the meadows that now exist on the property. It was originally named Paradise Farm before being bought by amateur arborist brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs, in 1908, who then renamed the property Willowwood after the natural collection of willow trees that exist in the area. They expanded the farmhouse that dates back to 1792 and made it into their family home. The brothers slowly collected and grew many specimens over the next half century, including a vast collection of rare and exotic species, thanks in part to the popular New York horticultural scene at the dawn of the 20th century. Afterward, the property was formed into a private arboretum and run by Rutgers University as a plant and tree research facility. It then became part of the Morris County Park System in 1980.The arboretum consists of both wild forest and tended tree collections, farm land, a residence with two small gardens and a handful of smaller out-buildings. There are about 3,500 types of native and exotic plants, many rare. The historic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, a superb specimen of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) now more than 98ft tall, masses of ferns and handsome stands of field and forest wild flowers. Make Willowwood Arboretum part of your personalized Far Hills itinerary using our Far Hills holiday planner.
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  • Unique, unusual, mature plantings in a natural, historic setting. Interesting history about the gardens and the buildings.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Me and my 7 year old daughter enjoyed a lovely afternoon walking in this amazing hidden garden. I took so many pictures and enjoyed the flowers and the scenery. We went on a beautiful day with blue skies. Wear sunblock and bug spray when walking the trails. There are chairs throughout to relax and sit to hear the sounds of nature.
  • Unbelievably gorgeous arboretum! Something for history buffs, historical architecture nerds, and plant people, like me. You almost feel as though you should talk in hushed tones when walking around the different garden areas. Beautiful grounds any time of year. The cell phone tour is an added bonus. Love it! Will be back again and again.

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