The Gardens at Willowwood

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The Gardens

Our Gardens:

Bee Meadow
Conservatory
Cottage Garden
Cypress Pool
Hacklebarney Field
Hillside Pasture
Lilac Collection
Long Meadow
Monarda Meadow
Orchard
Pan’s Garden
Rockery, Chive Walk and Rosarie
Winter Garden
Woodwalk

Garden Etiquette:

  • To maintain the beauty of the arboretum please enjoy viewing the plants but do not touch, damage or collect any plant material.
  • Please do not climb on trees or shrubs or step into garden beds. Don’t wade or drop items into the brooks and pools.
  • Please, no pets, no smoking and no active sports.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch or tapas while watching a sunset, but please dispose of trash properly.
  • PROFESSIONAL Photographers must obtain a permit for photo sessions from the Morris County Park Commission. Call 973 829 8628 for reservations and further information.

Within the core garden area surrounding the Tubbs residence are several formal gardens: Pan’s Garden, the Cottage Garden and the Rosarie. However, the pervading feeling at Willowwood is one of pleasant informal paths through open areas and woodland, all carefully developed since Henry and Robert bought the property in 1908. Collecting and growing distinctive plants of all kinds became the continuing hobby of the brothers for half a century and many specimens date from their initial plantings.

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The gardens and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk, and are free to the public.

Additional Information About the Gardens

We have three pages about our gardens that should of interest to visitors:

First is a live map with descriptions of each area appearing as you move your cursor over the map. Click here to go to the garden map page.

The second page holds lengthier descriptions of each of the gardens and structures on the property. Click here for the Garden Description page.

Finally, the third page gives seasonal highlights of the Willowwood Arboretum. Click here for the Seasonal Highlights page.



Introducing the Morris County Park Commission and Willowwood Horticulture Staff

CHARLES ZAFONTE
Director of Horticulture & Natural Resources

JOHN MORSE
Manager of Horticulture

JUDY SCHAIBLE
Assistant Superintendent of Horticulture

KATE GUTIERREZ
Horticulture Volunteer Coordinator: “GardenWorks”

DENMAN PENISTON
Gardener

KRISTE SHAW
Gardener

JEANNE LARDINO
Assistant Gardener

LARRY SMITH
Groundsworker