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We invite you to visit the beautiful Gardens of Somerset County!

Leonard J. Buck Garden
Rose Garden
Perennial Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden
11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 • 908 234-2677
The Leonard J. Buck Garden features native and exotic plants displayed in a naturalistic garden setting. A wooded, rocky ravine is home to numerous wildflowers interspersed among flowering trees and shrubs. Whether you come for a quiet walk in a place of great natural beauty or to study the many unusual plants, a visit to the garden is always an enriching experience.

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Current Programs at Leonard J. Buck Garden

Gardens at Colonial Park

Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 732 873-2459 ext. 21
The 144-acre Arboretum contains labeled specimens of flowering trees, evergreens, shade trees, dwarf conifers, and flowering shrubs that grow well in central New Jersey. The Arboretum serves as a valuable resource for homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals.

Fragrance and Sensory Garden
Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 732 873-2459 ext. 21
The Fragrance and Sensory Garden, located behind the Rose Garden, was designed to be of special interest to visitors with visual or physical disabilities. The garden appeals to all of the senses. The sunken garden is surrounded by a stone wall and raised beds, enabling visitors to easily touch the plants.

Ornamental Grass Collection
Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 732 873-2459 ext. 21
The Ornamental Grass Collection is located near parking lot A and is designed to exhibit the wide variety of ornamental grasses and related plants available to the public.

Perennial Garden
Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 732 873-2459 ext. 21
This five-acre garden, located near parking lot F, was established in 1976 by Somerset County Park Commission's first horticulturist Rudolf W. van der Goot. All the plants are labeled with their common and botanical names, making the garden an excellent source of information for horticulture students and enthusiasts alike. Visitors are encouraged to stroll the grounds, relax and enjoy the garden throughout the changing seasons.

Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden
Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 732 873-2459 ext. 21
Welcome to the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden! Here you will see roses in a wide variety of types, sizes and colors, including All-America Rose Selections. Whether you are a novice gardener looking for ideas, an experienced rose grower, or just someone who appreciates the beauty of flowers, you will find a stroll through this living encyclopedia of roses to be very rewarding. Suggested donation of $3 per adult and  $1 per senior or child

Shrub Collection
The Shrub Collection is located behind the Perennial Garden. The main purpose of this garden is to showcase plants that grow well in Central New Jersey. The beds are designed to give year-round interest by using flowering shrubs, trees, perennials, and ornamental grasses.

Current Gardening Programs/Special Events in Colonial Park Gardens

E-mail the Horticulture Dept. with any questions or comments

New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

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By The Messenger-Gazette
The Somerset Reporter
on October 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM, updated October 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM


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  • For tips on gardening, check out Garden Smart.
  • For more NJ public gardens, visit:
    Gardens of the Garden State Garden Group.
  • the Garden and Landscape Guide