Colonial Park Gardens

 Arboretum Cover


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. 

A permit is required for wedding ceremonies and posed photography, whether amateur or professional, for any special life event including, but is not limited to, birthdays, ceremonies, engagements, family photo shoots, graduations, maternity, proms, and quinceaneras. Please call 908 722-1200 ext. 5721.

Arboretum Shrub and Tree List

Arboretum 2  Arboretum 3  Arboretum 4


Colonial Park (Lot A & F)
56 Mettlers Road
Somerset, NJ 08873

Sunrise to Sunset (Daily)


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)
E-mail Colonial Park Gardens with any questions or comments