In 1966, New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands from Shelton College, which had used it as a campus. The Skylands Garden was the first property purchased under the Green Acres program.Make Skylands New Jersey Botanical Gardens a part of your Ringwood vacation plans using our Ringwood road trip site.
In March 1984, Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden. It has been placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The NJBG/Skylands Association was founded in 1976 to help the State of New Jersey preserve and restore the gardens and Manor House, and to develop programs for public education and enjoyment throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed to help in the garden and with special projects.
P. O. Box 302
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Latitude/longitude: N 41.126950 W 74.23954
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We toured the garden while staying at the castle (see separate review). The gardens are very nice, but clearly need more funding- they were bigger and better in years past, but the NJ government has.... more »
Such a lovely house and beautiful gardens! Although the volunteers do an amazing job, there's way too much for just volunteers and a handful of gardeners to do! So glad to know that NJ mows the lawn..... more »
Cute little botanical garden. Free and easy to access. Just park and start enjoying. On a 1 hour walk we've seen, in addition to the trees and flowers, a pool full of frogs, a small snake (maybe a milk snake) and some cute small mammal that I couldn't identify.
Sections of the botanical gardens were quite attractive but about half of the gardens had very little maintenance.The many statues looked old an weather beaten or broken or misplaced. The huge open lawn area seemed best of events. Some shaded areas seemed nice for picnicking. The buildings appeared to be in poor repair and could have been beautiful in the past.
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