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Colonial Park Gardens

156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 908 722-1200 Ext. 5008

Arboretum
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Garden View of Arboretum

Arboretum

The Arboretum of Colonial Park collects, conserves and cares for trees and shrubs, displaying them in a conscientious manner that promotes education, inspiration, and enjoyment. We do this with careful consideration for a beneficial impact on the plants, the environment, park patrons, and employees. It is our mission to protect and build upon our existing collection by nurturing and growing trees in ways that enhance our role as a public park. We promote an understanding of the relationship between plants, people, and place through display and through programs that integrate science and culture. The 5 1/2-acre Arboretum is located in the western section of Colonial Park in Colonial park Gardens and is comprised of over 900 specimens of trees and shrubs.

The Arboretum is of interest to students of botany and horticulture, as well as all plant enthusiasts and gardeners and makes a beautiful backdrop for wedding or dedication ceremonies.   Here the visitor will find many species and varieties that are native to the United States, as well as Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. The current collection has a very well rounded representation of trees from many different taxonomic groups. 

Wedding ceremonies, photography, and guided tours of the Arboretum by permit only.

Current Gardening Programs/Special Events in Colonial Park Gardens

Shrub and Tree List (PDF)

  LOCATION:
  Colonial Park (Lot A & F)
  156 Mettlers Road
  Somerset, NJ 08873

  HOURS: Sunrise to Sunset (Daily)

  ADMISSION: None

  FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
  Somerset County Park Commission
  Horticulture Department
  Colonial Park Gardens
  156 Mettlers Road
  Somerset, NJ 08873
  Tel: 908 722-1200 ext. 5721
  Fax: 732 873-3896
  TTY: Use the NJ Relay Service @711
  (for individuals with hearing/speech impairments)

  Directions

  E-mail the Colonial Park Gardens with any questions
  or comments.