Matilda's Cafe is open during Gingerbread Wonderland - December 1-10.
Monday - Thursday: 4p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The majestic 127.48 acres of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum offer a serene place to relax, as well as to learn, explore, and celebrate. Surrounding a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion, the woodlands, meadows, gardens, and distinctive collections of trees and shrubs provide an ideal setting for leisurely enjoyment, as well as provide educational and scientific exploration. Digital maps of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum are available online.
Enjoy a picnic on the Great Lawn, take memorable family photographs under the Rose Garden Arbor, celebrate a wedding under a reservable tent, read a book next to a water feature, tour the Carriage House, and be amazed at the historic horse-drawn carriages. View the home demonstration gardens and create a vision of your own dream garden. Register for one or more of the many gardening programs, lectures, special events,camps, and more. Themed cell phone tours are offered seasonally.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a regional center for horticultural activities, offers a myriad of educational program, special tours and events, and a comprehensive collection of botanical literature. For a complete list of gardens and their descriptions, as well as a facility map, please click here
Matlida’s Café, offering a selection of light fare, beverages, and specialty chocolates, is open during Gingerbread Wonderland - December 1-10. This charming eatery is located in a historic cottage adjacent to the Cottage Garden.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a most popular location to take your photographs. We understand this is an important time and want your experience to be most enjoyable. Therefore, we require that you pay a fee and obtain a photography permit. You will have exclusive use of a location at a specific time to photograph your memories. To schedule your photographs in any reservable location, please contact Beth Feldman at 973.631.5049. You will be able to pay the fee and then issued a permit and secure exclusive use of that particular area.
For all professional photographers, you must also pay a fee and obtain a permit. Please contact 973.631.5049 for permission to take photos at any location throughout the facility.
Weddings and Special Occasions
This breathtaking site offers a magnificent setting with a multitude of options to customize your wedding day or special event. Exchange vows in one of many spectacular garden settings, or on the lawn of the stately Colonial Revival mansion. Your cocktail reception can be held in a garden or on one of the many scenic lawns. Looking for an indoor venue, you will be awed by the setting with cathedral ceilings and fireplace in the Haggerty Building designed with your style. The outdoor tent is located among meticulously manicured gardens and is perfect for a wedding reception or special celebration. For reservations for ceremonies in a garden or reserable area, please contact 973.631.5049. Reservations for weddings and special events in our event tent, contact the Reservations Office 973.326.7631 option 2. For weddings and other special events in the Haggerty Education Center only, please contact 973.631.5049.
The Joseph F. Haggerty Education Center contains classrooms, a spacious auditorium along with handicap-accessible restrooms, a library, the Carriage House complete with the family’s horse drawn carriages, and the information desk. The Center is available for rentals. Please call 973.631.5049 for further information about renting the Center for your events.
The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum was founded in 1972 to support and promote the development of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the other horticultural facilities of the Morris County Park Commission through various programs, exhibits, and trips. For more information on The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, or to become a member, please visit www.arboretumfriends.org
or call 973.326.7603.
Autumn at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum features a splendid array of colors from changing leaves to fall blooming bulbs, shrubs and trees. The first Sunday in September and October offers tours and garden DIY demonstrations in the Potting Shed. Many free flower shows, including the Dahlia Show, the Chrysanthemum Show, African Violet Show, and Fungus Fest take place at this time. From November through March, enjoy a walk amongst the vast architecture of stately limbs and complex branching systems in the themed gardens, meadows, and forest trails. Gingerbread Wonderland, a Morris County holiday tradition in late November, exhibits of 100’s of entirely edible gingerbread houses and other creations, all made by the public. Throughout fall and winter, the Atrium Art Gallery in the Haggerty Education Center presents monthly art exhibits on horticultural themes. Also, families can enjoy every weekend, Family Photo Scavenger Hunt.
The Special Events
page highlights programs and activities, offering unique and fun opportunities for visitors of all ages.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum was once the country home of George Griswold Frelinghuysen and his wife, Sara Ballantine Frelinghuysen, and was called Whippany Farm. The Frelinghuysens commissioned the Boston architectural firm of Rotch & Tilden to construct a summer home and carriage house on the property. The mansion, a fine example of Colonial Revival architecture, was built in 1891 and the property was designed in the style of an English country estate. The mansion features Federal urns, swages, and Ionic columns. A Palladian window overlooks the Rose Garden. The estate was planted with trees and shrubs considered essential to an English-style landscape. The home, large trees, and Great Lawn evoke the feeling of the Country Place era.
The Frelinghuysens spent 40 summers at Whippany Farm in fashionable Morristown. Their daughter, Matilda E. Frelinghuysen, inherited the 127-acre property from her parents and participated in plans to convert it into a public arboretum in memory of her parents. Whippany Farm was bequeathed to Morris County in 1969, and was entered on the State and National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1977. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum was dedicated in 1971.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum grounds are open daily 8 a.m. until Sunset throughout the year.
The Joseph F. Haggerty Education Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Election Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Good Friday (depends on the calendar - if in April it should be open) and Columbus Day.
For more information, 973.326.7601.