Friday, September 21, 2012

Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Our most recent bus tour was to New Jersey, The Garden State, and it did not disappoint!  While the weather was overcast with a rain shower here and there we had a wonderful day visiting three interesting gardens and a tea room, too.  All within about 20 miles of each other! Our first stop was Frelinghuysen Arboretum.  A little jewel in the Morris County Park System, this estate was left to the county by Matilda Frelinghuysen with the plan that it was to become an arboretum.  What we loved about this stop were all the nooks and crannies and how they were filled in with an interesting display.  Shown here, is a fernery nook.  All ferns were well labeled and tucked in a boxwood alcove.  Even the furniture in front featured a cut out fern design in the iron bench.

Turn the corner again and there is a little water garden and rock garden display. 

Fall color in the garden was warm and inviting.

 Knot gardens are always fun to see and this one was particularly full and attractive.
The original home on the estate now houses mostly offices but it is open to walk through and to enjoy the vistas from the home.

2 comments:

lemonverbenalady said...

Looks like you had a fun trip as always and what a knot garden. Would have loved to see that! Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn said...

Wow! You have had quite the adventure recently. The knot garden is beautiful! Very unique!