Willowwood News

News about Willowwood from the web or changes of interest about our website.

Willowwood Now Open Daily 8 am to Dusk

As Covid restrictions have eased a bit, we are pleased to announce that the Willowwood Arboretum is open to visitors Daily 8 am to Dusk. All Buildings will be closed. A porta john will be available.

We ask that our guests continue to follow all social distancing guidelines and recommendations. Masks and 6' distances between guests of different groups.

Instagram followers: willowwoodarboretumunofficial has wonderful and up to date photos of the gardens.


Emerald Ash Borer

D-shaped exit hole of EAB adults.
© DAvid R. McKay, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

Since its discovery in Michigan in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis or EAB) has destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees throughout the United States. This invasive insect is native to Asia and attacks all species of ash (Fraxinus) as well as other members of the olive (Oleaceae) plant family including the native White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus). Since its first detection, EAB has spread to over 30 US states and 2 Canadian provinces. In New Jersey, EAB has been detected in 14 of the state’s 21 counties, including detections in Morris County, which has the densest populations of ash trees in the state. With a predicted 99% mortality rate for all ash trees in New Jersey, the number of ash trees lost due to EAB in the state could easily reach over 24 million.


2018 Lilac Party in Black River Journal

The Summer 2018 issue of The Black River Journal featured our Spring 2018 Lilac Party, with several pictures including this one of our trustees:


(from left to right: Dan Will, Kate Burke Walsh, Leslie Allain, Peter Williams, Alice Cutler, Meryl Carmel, Brace Krag, President, WW Foundation, Pam Jeanes, Margo Dana and Jason Andris)


When you could in New Jersey - and Touch Africa

Michele S. Byers, Executive Director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Published Daily Record Sept. 11, 2017

Thirty years ago, the King of Morocco made headlines when he bought the Natirar estate in Peapack-Gladstone, now a Somerset County park. King Hassan II may not have known, but there’s an ancient connection between his homeland and the Highlands region of New Jersey where Natirar (“Raritan” spelled backwards) is located.


A Sweet Garden New Jersey Wedding at Willowwood Arboretum


Juliane and Brendan’s New Jersey wedding at Willowwood Arboretum is just too sweet for words. And the fact that the color palette features the perfect mix of soft orange, green and white …well, it’s giving us all the spring feels today!

Read the rest of this wonderful article and view the beautiful pictures of Juliane and Brendan's wedding at Contemporary Weddings Magazine's site.


"Growing Beautiful Boxwood"

The Willowwood Foundation was delighted to host Mr. Bennett Saunders, Saunders Brothers Nursery, Piney River, VA as the 2nd Annual Tubbs Lecture Speaker.


2016 Photo Contest Winners Announced

1st Place Winner

The 2016 Photo Contest Topic is "Spring Awakening at Willowwood"...glimpses of how the flora and fauna greet early Spring at Willowwood. Photos were be taken at Willowwood from end February, 2016 through April, 2016.

Congratulations to 1st Place Winner, Donna Formica, 2nd Place winner, Wendy Kaplowitz and tied for Third Place: Michelle Francomacaro and Clarke Warren.


Local gardens deliver beauty in spades

How exciting!

The Willowwood Arboretum is part of an article in the AAA magazing about beautiful gardens in the Northeast, listed with the likes of the Arnold Arboretum, NY Botanic Garden and Winterthur. But we knew how beautiful it is all along.


Early Homes - Fall Winter 2015 on Willowwood

The Willowwood Arboretum is featured in an article in the Fall / Winter issue of Early Homes magazine.

Enjoy the history and the beautiful accompanying photographs in this pdf: Early Homes F/W The Magic of Willowwood.


2015 Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2015 Photo Contest topic was "Fall and Winter Flora and Fauna at Willowwood"

The Willowwood Foundation is very pleased to announce the following winners: the 1st place winner was Barbara Storms. Tied for 2nd were two wonderful shots by Dave Mojica and 4th place was won by Navjot Singh. All top photos are pictured on our "Photo" Page



Willowwood Foundation elects New Officers

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With the departure of current President Rob Diemar and his family to warmer climes (although Rob will remain a Trustee for the Tubbs Trust), 15 year veteran Trustee Brace Krag was named President by the Board of Trustees at their June, 2015 meeting.

Other new officers include Jason Andris, Vice President, Kate Burke Walsh, Secretary and Stathis Andris continues as Treasurer.


Japanese Flowering Cherries at Willowwood

Anthony Aiello
Morris Arboretum Dir. of Horticulture

Willowwood Arboretum was the site on April 18, 2015 of a fascinating lecture on the history of Japanese flowering cherries in the United States, including the beautiful collection at Willowwood.

Anthony Aiello, Director of Horticulture at Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum traced the early 20th century arrival of these beautiful collections at Washington's Tidal Basin, the Morris Arboretum, New York -- and at our very own Willowwood Arboretum.


The 1st Annual Tubbs Lecture


The 1st Annual Tubbs Lecture was held on Sunday, April 19th.

Professor Anthony Aiello, Director of Horticulture at the University of Pennsylvania, presented a fascinating lecure entitled, “Japanese Flowering Cherries: A 100 Year Long Love Affair.”

Christie Administration Celebrates NJ's Public Gardens & Arboreta

NJ Ag. Secy. Fisher (l)
& John Morse, MCPC Mgr of Hort.

Agriculture Secretary Encourages Garden Visits, Fall Planting

(CHESTER 9.17.14) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today visited Willowwood Arboretum in Chester and encouraged public garden and arboretum visits this fall. He also reminded residents and visitors that fall is a great time to tend to home gardens with new plantings.

“People in the tri-state region are just a short trip away from dozens of New Jersey public gardens, each offering a unique and special experience,” said Secretary Fisher. “At the same time, these gardens offer numerous ideas for the home gardener. This is the perfect time of year to plant for a beautiful spring garden.”


Anne's Travels Blog

Anne's Travels is a blog chronicling her travels all over the US. Her articles are descriptive and include nice photos. We are happy she visited the Willowwood Arboretum earlier this year and liked what she saw.

See her article here: http://www.annestravels.net/willowwood-arboretum/.


2014 "Cherry" Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2014 Photo Contest topic was "Willowwood's Cherries".

There are many varieties of cherries at Willowwood (see list under garden information). One of which is one of Willowwood's most unusual cherries: Prunus serrulata ‘Asagi’. Each spring visitors marvel at its curious apple-green flowers.


A Tale of Two Settings

Black River Journal, June, 2014

Kate & Joe's special evening was "breathtaking," as they and their families celebrated their rehearsal dinner at Willowwood Arboretum.

Read the article in Black River Journal by clicking here.


Outdoor Beauty

NJ Bride - Spring, 2014

Katie Reimer and Michael Nahoum chose the Willowwood Arboretum for their June 22, 2013 wedding, focusing on the beauty of the Arboretum.

Read the article from New Jersey Bride by clicking here.


2013 Photo Contest Winners

The 2013 contest featured Willowwood’s Magnolias.

Generally in bloom March into April, the top twelve photos of Magnolias were displayed at WW on Mother's Day and at the Lilac Party, May 19, 2013. After voting, the winning photos were featured in this website's Photo Section. First Place prize winner is Elise Ange. Navjot Singh won 2nd Place, Peggy Wagemann, 3rd Place and David Mills, 4th Place.


2012 Photo Contest Winners

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 on the photo page on this website.