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NJBG Events

Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Donations are gratefully accepted. For events that require reservations, or for questions, please call the NJBG office at (973) 962-9534.

All events begin or take place at the Carriage House Visitor Center unless otherwise specified.

Skylands is a carry-in, carry-out State Park facility. Please carry your trash and litter back out with you and dispose of it properly.

Remember, no pets, picnics, alcohol, balls, frisbees, nor lawn games are permitted in the Botanical Garden.


Late Summer 2019

** DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE **

Free Guided Garden Tours - Sundays, 2 p.m., May through October. Steady rain cancels. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center and wear comfortable shoes.

State Park Parking Fee: On summer Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, there is a State Park parking fee of $5 for New Jersey-registered vehicles and $7 for non-New Jersey-registered vehicles. Oversized vehicles (vehicles that occupy more than one normal parking space, including vehicles with trailers, RVs, etc.) are charged double the normal rate. At all other times, parking is free.

Download the entire Adobe Acrobat PDFLate Summer-Fall 2019 NJBG calendar of events.

October

  • October 12 (Saturday), 1 pm
    Grow! Pick! Eat! - Children's Workshop. Now that the growing season is waning -- what to do with all those vegetables and herbs? Come make some simple and nutritious snacks/meals using the summer's best veggies. Learn about growing and what you want to plant next year, plus take home samples and recipes. In the Carriage House. Ages 6 - 16; children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. $10 members, $15 non-members. Reservations required at (973)962-9534; sorry, no walk-ins.
  • October 13 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. NJBG volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. Fee: $7 adults; $5 seniors and students ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6.
  • October 19 (Saturday), 10 am-5 pm
    Harvest Fest. Hayrides and pumpkin painting are just the start of a fun-filled family weekend. There'll be games, face painting, applesauce making, booths, exhibits, and many free activities for the youngsters. Enjoy the Beer Garden, tasty food, all-day music and dancing, an autumn Plant Sale, free garden tours, lots of great photo ops, and much more! Free admission. Parking: $5/car.
    Hosted by NJBG.
  • October 20 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Woodland Hike. An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands, where you'll learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Smaller children may need to be carried. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain cancels. Free.

November

  • November 9 (Saturday), 10 am
    Annual Membership Meeting. All NJBG members and interested parties are invited to attend the Association's Annual Meeting. There'll be a review of last year's activities and a description of plans for 2020. New Board members will also be elected. If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Board of Directors, please contact the NJBG office at (973) 962-9534.
  • November 10 (Sunday), 10 am
    Audubon: Nature Walk. Bergen County Audubon Society will lead a walk through the gardens and fields looking for late fall migrating birds and resident species that will spend the winter here in New Jersey. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain or snow cancels. Free.
  • November 17 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. NJBG volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. Fee: $7 adults; $5 seniors and students ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6. In honor of Veteran's Day, and to thank them for their service, all veterans are invited to tour free.
  • November 17 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Woodland Hike. An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands, where you'll learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Smaller children may need to be carried. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain cancels. Free.
  • November 23 (Saturday), 10 am & 1 pm
    Wreath-Making Workshops. In these two workshops you'll learn how to assemble and decorate wreaths to grace your home, using a variety of fresh and dried materials. As you learn, you'll make a wreath to take home with you. Materials provided; bring clippers and any special ribbon or decorations you might wish to use. Reservations required. Fee: $20 members, $25 non-members.

Holiday Open House - Fantasy!: December 5-8, 2019

  • December 5-December 8 (Thursday-Sunday)
    Holiday Open House at Skylands Manor. The Manor will be decorated floor to ceiling for "Fantasy!" to celebrate the sparkle and spirit of the magical season. It's a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season with a totally different look every year! Gift Shop and Holiday Café, too.
  • December 5-December 8 (Thursday-Sunday), 10 am-4 pm
    Holiday Open House - Daytime Tours. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the splendid decorations at your own pace. No baby strollers allowed in the Manor. Last ticket sold at 4 pm. $10/adults; $8/seniors; $5/children 6-12; under 6 free.
  • December 5 & December 6 (Thursday & Friday), 10 am-4 pm
    Group Tours. Bring your group to enjoy this holiday delight together. Please call (973) 962-9534 for details.
  • December 7 (Saturday), 6 pm-8 pm
    Holiday Open House - Evening Reception. The Manor will be yours for a leisurely stroll with champagne, light refreshments and valet parking. Reservations required. $45/members; $50/guests and non-members. Individual, senior and student members may buy 1 ticket for any evening at the special member price, Family and other member categories may buy 2 tickets at the special member price. Tickets will be available at (973)962-9534 and online at www.njbg.org.
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    YOUR GARDEN
    Come visit often for a constantly-changing display of color and bloom sure to cheer your heart. The Botanical Garden is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm Garden admission is always free. $5 per New Jersey-registered car parking fee on summer weekends and holidays (weekends, Memorial Day to Labor Day), $7 for out-of-state registered cars. Oversized vehicles (including trailers and RVs) pay double. Weekday parking is free.

    MANOR TOURS
    ...are offered on Sunday afternoons, March through November. Knowledgeable docents will introduce you to the architecture and history of beautiful Skylands Manor. Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free. Please check the calendar for exact dates and times.

    GIFT SHOP
    Sunday afternoons from 12 noon-4 pm, April through December (weather permitting). Great gift ideas, shirts, books, garden supplies, and children's items. Credit cards accepted.

    HIKE & BIKE
    Always a pleasure on the Garden's many safe and beautiful hiking & biking trails.

    FAMILY WOODLAND WALK
    Our easy, child-friendly walks one Sunday afternoon each month are a great way to explore nature. Free.

    VOLUNTEER IN THE GARDEN
    NJBG volunteers help maintain the gardens, give tours, and offer many other public services. To volunteer, inquire at the office or call (973) 962-9534. We'd love to have you!

    PLEASE REMEMBER...
    Pets, picnics, alcohol, balls, frisbees, and lawn games are prohibited from the Botanical Garden. Skylands is a carry-in, carry-out State Park facility. Please carry your trash and litter back out with you and dispose of it properly.

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    Map of the NJBG grounds

    (Click above or here for a larger, printable Grounds and Parking Lot Map Adobe Acrobat PDF)

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