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Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from 8am to dusk. Visitors are invited to enjoy the gardens Spring through Fall. During Winter, the Ornamentals Collection offers evergreen and deciduous plants featuring interesting fruit, bark or branching habit.
Willowwood, 130 acres of rolling farm land, has about 2,100 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them rare. In addition to the formal gardens near the residence and undisturbed forest, historic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, a superb specimen of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) now more than 98’ tall, masses of ferns and handsome stands of field and forest wild flowers.
In 1908 two brothers used a small legacy to acquire their country home near Gladstone, New Jersey.
The two brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs, and Henry’s adopted son, Dr. Benjamin Blackburn, developed this country place into the Willowwood Arboretum, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and longest continually operating Arboretum.
Since 1980 under the stewardship and management of the Morris County Park Commission, the Willowwood Foundation and the support and hard work of countless donors and volunteers have made it possible for the public to enjoy this beautiful green space of gardens and meadows.
2013 Magnolia Photo Contest Winners and 2014 Photo Contest Announced
Photographers—get your cameras ready! After the successful submission of over 2500 + photos for Willowwood in Pictures, the Willowwood Foundation announces the 2013 Magnolia Contest winners and the 2014 Cherries photo contest.
In 2012 the Foundation sponsored our first competition - the topic was Daffodils. First place winner was Ashton Temples, for his photo of a single daffodil. Michael Hartnett's photo came in 2nd place and Gene Moretti had two of his photos tied for 3rd Place. The top finalist photos are displayed here on this website.
The 2013 contest featured Willowwood’s Magnolias. Generally in bloom March into April, the top twelve photos were displayed at WW on Mother's Day and at the Lilac Party, May 19, 2013. After voting, the photos are featured on this website's Photo Section and the First Place prize winner is Elise Ange. Navjot Singh won 2nd Place, Peggy Wagemann, 3rd Place and David Mills, 4th Place.
The 2014 Photo Contest topic is "Willowwood's Cherries" - one of which is one of Willowwood's most unusual cherries: Prunus serrulata ‘Asagi’. Each spring visitors marvel at its curious apple-green flowers.
Rules: All photos must be taken at WW. Photos from the past, this year or next for the "Cherries" contest will qualify. Submit jpegs (no more than 3 per email) no later than May 1, 2014. No limit on entries. Jpegs must be sized for the web. A photo release form will be sent to all finalists. Questions? More Information?
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See the "Hidden World of Willowwood" in the latest Black River Journal (BRJ) by clicking the image above.
Willowwood is not new to the BRJ -- here is an article from 2008 commemorating Willowwood's Centennial.