Open Days, Digging Deeper, Open Days Special Program
The gardens and landscape are part of an ongoing project begun in 1992 as a complete renovation and expansion of an eighteenth-century dairy farm on thirty-five acres. The original four barns and a single wooded hedge-row was all that was left of the abandoned farm in the heart of deer country. The gardens closest to the barn/house complex were structured around three courtyards formed by the barns, stone walls, and boxwood. The stone parking court leads to the entry/west courtyard which is adjacent to the formal sycamore and boxwood garden off the kitchen. Continuing around the house is a thyme garden that leads to the eastern court with the pond and white garden. Moving westward away from the house you encounter the formal French potager surrounded by privet and fence. This vegetable garden was laid out on axis to the north side of an old cowshed and the orangery. The greenhouse was salvaged from Rutgers University and designed around an English-style orangery. It is solar powered and heated. Plus the lawn and gardens are all treated organically. Behind the cow shed there is a nursery of boxwood collected from around the world. The overall aesthetic was trying to find a balance between the things we love, the French formal boxwood gardens, English borders, and the informal play of trees and allées that merge the formal grid, to a much more informal sense of an American country landscape.
Directions: From New York City, take Holland Tunnel to I-78 West to Exit 29/I-287 North. Do not follow sign towards I-287. Stay on I-78 West to Exit 29. From I-287 North take Exit 22B/Routes 202/206 North Bedminster/Netcong (second exit). Keep left on Route 206 North. Go to sixth traffic light at Route 512/Pottersville Road. Turn left and go to the end. Turn right onto Black River Road. Then stay left, cross bridge, pass Black River Market and take Route 512/Fairmont Road East. Go 1.6 miles, (pass Pickle Road on right). Turn right onto Van Pelt Road and go to end. Turn left onto Pickle Road. Entrance is 0.2 mile on left or the fourth drive with four barns and a silo.
Open Days 2018: September 9
Hours: 10 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
- Parking is available