River Edge, NJ
Open Days, Water feature
Edgecroft is a unique terraced property laid out in 1910 by Italian artisans. One hundred Carrara marble steps lead to a swimming pool surrounded by a stone-columned pergola draped in roses, wisteria, and honeysuckle. A gated brick courtyard entrance with a slowly maturing allée of hydrangeas greets guests. Hydrangeas provide a warm welcome with hues of pink and lavender interspersed with a variety of mixed perennials. There are also rare Cryptomeria ‘Lobbii,’ rhododendrons, azaleas, a Magnolia virginiana, a tiered bronze angel fountain, a Victorian-style perennial garden with David Austin antique roses and favorite perennials, a formal garden with crape myrtles, azaleas, and a fountain with a copy of Verricchio’s fifteenth-century bronze “Cupid with Dolphin.” A series of three koi ponds are interspersed with nine waterfalls that cascade down terraces edged with aged pines, golden larches, flowering cherry trees, dogwoods, Styrax japonicus, hydrangeas, wild strawberries, and creeping roses. Bronze water statuary, stone benches, and stone statuary can be enjoyed throughout the grounds. A crushing 2010 winter storm transformed the white Bridal Room, but American Heritage river birch trees remain to frame this garden room with their tall leafy canopy. Newly planted shrubs are tucked under pink and white eastern dogwoods (Cornus ‘Florida’) with several new Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’ give the garden room an Italianate feeling as visitors enter. An exquisite pair of Franklinia trees and weeping eastern redbuds (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’) are newly added trees of special interest. A dense carpet of creeping white and pink roses and hundreds of rainbow-colored impatiens complete this garden transformation.
Directions: From George Washington Bridge, take Route 4 West to Route 17 North. Take Midland Avenue/River Edge exit. Go east about 2 miles to “T” and turn right onto Kinderkamack Road. Go south to first traffic light. Turn right onto Lincoln Avenue up a cobblestone hill. Walled property on right is Edgecroft. Turn right onto Summit Avenue. Number 800 is immediately on right. Please park along street and enter through open gates.
From I-80/Garden State Parkway, take Route 17 North and proceed as directed above.
Open Days 2018: June 23
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
Buy discounted admission tickets in advance! They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.
- This garden allows photography