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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.

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.

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.


Spring 2018

** 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.

Download the entire Adobe Acrobat PDFSpring 2018 NJBG calendar of events.

April

  • April 7 (Saturday), 10 am
    End-of-Winter Tree Walk. Join Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn as he leads this perennial favorite. Learn the differences between trees and how to tell them apart in this special tree walk. Meet at the Carriage House; wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Free.
  • April 8 (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.
  • April 8 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Audubon: Birding for Beginners. Don Torino, President of Bergen County Audubon Society will present an indoor introduction to birding and will cover bird identification, field guides, and optics. Weather permitting, a walk will follow the presentation. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the Carriage House Visitor Center. Free.
  • April 14 (Saturday), 12 noon-4 pm
    Volunteer Lunch. By invitation only ~ our special Thank You to our volunteers.
  • April 15 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Woodland Hike. Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants, animals, and geology 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. Snow/rain cancels. Free.
  • April 21 (Saturday), 10 am-12 noon
    Volunteer Open House and Season Kickoff. NJBG volunteers do work that's meaningful, fun, and brings delight to thousands of people. Come see the many satisfying ways you can join our team. It's gardening -- and so much more! Many different skills are needed and welcome; join us to learn more, meet some of our great volunteers, and start working in the Garden. Bring gloves. Meet in the Carriage House. Free.
  • April 21 (Saturday), 1 pm
    Early Spring Wildflower Walk. Spring is peeking out everywhere! Join Darlene Nowak in checking out the early bloomers in the woodlands of the Wildflower Garden! Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain or snow cancels. $5 donation.
  • April 28 (Saturday), 1 pm-3 pm
    Butterfly & Pollinator Garden Planting. Come help us plant a new butterfly garden at NJBG, filled with plants that attract may different pollinators. Sponsored by the Bergen County Audubon Society, this new garden area will be educational, environmentally friendly, and filled with flowers. Wear sturdy shoes, dress to garden, bring gloves if you have them. Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. Call 917-962-9534 for updated time info. Free.

May

  • May 4 (Friday), 5:30 pm
    Plant Sale ~ Member's Preview & Reception. We thank our members each year with an invitation to the special pre-opening to our annual Plant Sale. You'll love the array of unusual specimens! NJBG members only. Free admission; NJBG members only.
  • May 5-6 & 13 (Saturday-Sunday & Sunday), 10 am-4 pm
    Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, hanging baskets, and potted plants. Knowledgeable Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice, and the plants are lush and healthy. Come early for the best selection. Free admission.
  • May 5 (Saturday), 1 pm
    Spring Wildflower Walk. Join Darlene Nowak and Sandy Zenkel in checking out the many delightful spring bloomers in the Wildflower Garden! Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. $5 donation.
  • May 12-13 (Saturday-Sunday), 12 noon-4 pm
    Lilac Garden Splendor. The Lilac Garden is a large collection of these sweet-scented and prolific spring beauties, in the peak of bloom this time of year. Members of NJBG's Lilac team will be in this part of the Garden to answer any questions you might have. Free; donations welcome.
  • May 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.
  • May 13 (Sunday), 2 pm
    Free Guided Garden Tours Begin. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what's blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels.
  • May 19 (Saturday), 10 am
    Spring Wildflower Walk. Join Darlene Nowak and Sandy Zenkel in checking out the many delightful spring bloomers in the Wildflower Garden! Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. $5 donation.

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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