Fall Open House at Willowwood

Autumn Open House

The coming of fall always brings a new palette of colors to Willowwood’s meadows and gardens. Sunday, September 15, 2013 from Noon to 4 pm, the Arboretum’s Horticulture Staff will host an “Open House”.

Visitors may stroll the meadows and hike the trails or rest and relax at the Stiles Observation Platform. Staff-led tours of the arboretum’s “September Garden Highlights” will be held several times during the afternoon. Bring your camera to capture the many species of birds and butterflies, both migrating and native, who call Willowwood home, especially in the blooming meadows.

The Rosarie Garden should be in full late summer bloom - riotous color infuses this garden and it is a "do not miss!" Features wonderful ideas for container gardening and is a great spot for family photos too.

The Morris County Park Commission is pleased to announce that Willowwood will host a special one week adaptation of the exhibit "Who Loved this Place?" from September 13-17, 2013 at the Stone Barn. This updated display of photos and memorabilia celebrates the development and preservation of the gardens and its owners, Robert and Henry Tubbs and Horticulturist, Dr. Ben Blackburn.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and sit in the peaceful Cottage Garden. Musical entertainment will be provided by the A.L.L. Trio, a well known local group from Chester, whose mix of folk, bluegrass and fan favorites will highlight the afternoon and may lead to a bit of dancing on the grass. 1:30 pm - 3:30pm.

Imaginary wonder await children and adults as Michael Hartnett, local author, reads excerpts from his stories of 'Leavers' Shelley Crux and Cordelia the Catfish and other wondrous creatures who inhabit the wooded forest of 'Allamucha'.

Also, The Tubbs House, an 18th century residence will be open to the public from 1 – 3 pm. Its furnishings and artifacts illuminate the lives of Henry and Robert Tubbs and Dr. Benjamin Blackburn, who developed Willowwood’s extraordinary plant collections.

You can "Ask the Expert" if you have questions on plants, fall gardening etc. Our staff is always helpful and ready to try to solve your toughest garden challenges.

Light refreshments.

Time: Noon to 4 pm. Free to the Public!

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 12:00pm