Far Hills, NJ
Water feature, Meadow, Edibles, Open Days
The extensive gardens of the Hay Honey Farm lie nestled between rolling hills along the North Branch of the Raritan River. The transition from cattle farm to garden began in 1989, and while Black Angus cattle still graze the nearby hayfields, honeybees have become the only ‘livestock’ allowed within the gates. Over the years, a wide variety of plant material, including hundreds of trees and shrubs, has been carefully added to the landscape in a naturalistic manner, with a respect for the history and topography of the site, and consistent with the broader surrounding atmosphere of Pleasant Valley. The plant collections reflect the diverse interests of the owners and the resident horticulturists, and show the results of a long term vision and dedicated horticultural attention to plant care. Garden areas created near the homes include a dwarf conifer/spring bulb garden, a large walled perennial border, hosta gardens, a native meadow, and a large kitchen garden.
Year-round springs feed a small stream which originates in the wild garden, and flows through a collection of rhododendron and companion wild flowers and woodland plants. The opposing bank features a flowering shrub walk, where more full-sun-loving assortments of lilacs, weigelas, and viburnums are flanked by an impressive Dawn Redwood and other specimen trees. Paths through the fields and woodlands highlight collections of unusual maples, oaks, firs, hollies, and other hardy trees and shrubs, many seldom seen outside botanical gardens. Featured in the recently published Gardens of the Garden State and designed for interest in every season, the gardens will surely bring the visitor a sense of calm connection to the beauty of nature.
Directions: From I-95/New Jersey Turnpike, take I-78 West. Then take I-287 North to Exit 22B (or Exit 22 if coming from north). Stay on Route 206 North. At fourth traffic light, turn right onto Holland Avenue. At end, turn left onto Peapack Road. Turn right onto Willow Avenue. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Branch Road. At 0.7 mile, cross the green steel bridge onto a private gravel road. Follow signs to park at The Hay Honey Farm.
DIRECTIONS UPDATE: due to a bridge project on Willow Avenue, a detour will send guests in through the ends of the road farthest from the parking area; drive past Stone House and Hay Honey to reach the hay fields for parking.
Open Days 2017: May 13 & September 9.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
Buy discounted admission tickets in advance! They never expire and 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