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Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from dawn 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 are 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.
2012 Daffodil Contest Winners & 2013 Magnolia 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 2012 Daffodil Contest winners and the 2013 Magnolia photo contest.
In 2012 the Foundation sponsored our first Daffodil competition. The top 10 photos were displayed at WW on Mother’s Day and at the Lilac Party in May. Attendees voted and the winner will receive a prize. The 2012 Contest winners are Ashton Temples, 1st place for a photo of a single daffodil. Michael Hartnett's photo came in 2nd place and Gene Moretti had two of his photos tied for 3rd Plac. The top finalist photos are displayed here on this website and will be displayed this Spring in the Stone Barn.
2013 contest features Willowwood’s Magnolias. Generally in bloom March into April, these photos will qualify for contest entry (submit by April 30, 2013). If photographers email firstname.lastname@example.org, they will receive notification when the Magnolias start to bloom. Again, the top ten photos will be displayed at WW on Mother's Day and at the Lilac Party, May 19, 2013. After voting, the photos will be on this website and prize winner announced later in 2013.
Rules: All photos must be taken at WW. Photos from the past, this year or next for the Magnolia contest will qualify. Submit jpegs (no more than 3 per email). No limit on entries. Jpegs must be sized for the web. A photo release form will be sent to all finalists. Questions? More Information?