Bird Haven Farm

Pottersville, NJ
Meadow, Water feature, Garden structure/sculpture, Fruit/vegetables, Substantial native plants

Bird Haven Farm is a celebration of the vision and collector’s spirit of Janet Mavec and Wayne Nordberg. The barns, outbuildings, and original nineteenth-century stone house (home of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, creator of the Nancy Drew mystery stories) have been joined by a contemporary house designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson in the 1990s, and more recently by a guest house by Parsons + Fernandez-Casteleiro. The garden master plan was completed in 2002 by Fernando Caruncho, lending visual clarity to the cluster of disparate elements. Hardscaping by Dale Booher added clean lines of strategically placed stone walls, evolving Caruncho’s concept of a medieval village and a perfect haven for plants.

With an overstory of large mature trees, the 25-acre landscape includes hay meadows, a lush orchard of heirloom apples and other fruit trees, an extensive vegetable and herb garden, and a perennial border designed by Lisa Stamm. Other features include a meandering woodland walk with cascading ponds, a mixed shrub border, a charming pond hut, as well as a grandchildren’s maze garden and elf’s stump. Requires a lot of walking. Parking across the street in the field.

Open Days 2021: Sunday, June 27
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free. 


  • This garden allows photography

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