Welcome to the Willowwood Arboretum

Exciting Events at Willowwood

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.

Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from 8am to dusk.

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Spring, 2017 Update: Brace Krag, President of the Willowwood Foundation

As you are very aware, the mission of Willowwood Foundation is carried out by your contributions. We are grateful to the many donors, volunteers, Foundation trustees and MCPC park employees who make the Willowwood Arboretum possible.

As we enter the busy spring season, the Foundation has multiple upcoming events planned which will be of great interest: On Sunday April 23rd, Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Chicago Botanical Garden, and former Manager of Horticulture at Willowwood, will be presenting on plant exploration at 1:30pm. Tickets may be purchased through Morris County Park Commission. Call 973-326-7601 for your reservation!

Fred's great perspectives and life experiences offer a very thought provoking and passionate view of this topic. His engaging style and personal history with the Willowwood Arboretum having walked a mile in the shoes of the Tubbs brothers and Ben Blackburn will be especially meaningful.

In rapid succession, Our Mother's Day Open House on May 14th and famous Lilac Party on May 21st (see more information on our event page) coincide with one of the most exciting times at Willowwood. As the name implies, Lilacs are at their blooming zenith and the weather generally (last year the weather gods didn't quite get the memo) provides the perfect backdrop for a evening to remember filled with beauty, song and wine. What could be better?

We at the foundation and the MCPC have worked very hard to offer these horticultural inspirations. Please join us for our busy spring repertoire and take some energy, ideas and enthusiasm to your plot. Good gardening, I look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm Regards, Brace Krag

Willowwood Cell Phone Tour resumes April, 2017.

The Willowwood Foundation and the Morris County Parks Commission partnered together to implement a tour of the key highlights (core gardens and buildings) at the Willowwood Arboretum via your cell phone. Visitors simply dial 973-349-3020 and begin their walking tour, stop by stop, listening to short audio clips about each place of interest. This technology is very similar to audio tours found at museums etc.

Willowwood’s beauty is clearly evident, but its fascinating history is not. Using cell phone technology helps us to share the story of Willowwood Arboretum with visitors and provide in depth plant information. Rob Diemar, Past President of the Willowwood Foundation noted, “The Willowwood Foundation is excited to have been able to work with the Morris County Park Commission to introduce the first cell phone tour to Willowwood Arboretum. This project brings Willowwood into the 21st century and provides guests visiting the Arboretum an opportunity to learn so much more about its rich history. This will truly enhance the visitors experience at Willowwood."

To see a map of the Cell Phone Tour Stops, click here or on Cellphone Tour in the Menu Box.

Willowwood on Film

Greener New Jersey Productions has produced a new half-hour film featuring Morris County as part of the "Open Spaces & Historic Places" series. The Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta are a part of this. It originally aired on NJTV in May, 2014. BUT there is a repeat viewing on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm on NJTV.

Or, you may view the entire 30 minute production on vimeo by clicking below.

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.

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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.