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.
Even before the daffodils and tulips explode, the earliest spring blooming trees and shrubs, announce the end of winter. A cavalcade of color follows with greens of every shade and pastels to gently wrest your senses from winter’s grip. Migrating birds return to make their summer homes in the trees and the smell of earth and grass is everywhere. Indoors at the Haggerty Education Center, free plant shows offer plant discoveries as well. The Hosta Society, African Violet Club, and Great Swamp Bonsai Society are among these. The first Sunday of every month, a free tour of the grounds is offered at 2 p.m., leaving from the Education Center. Monthly art exhibits provide interest when you need a respite from spring rains. The first weekend in May, The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Annual Plant Sale fills the big tent with carefully selected, well-bred plants. A wide range of programs and special events for gardeners of every age and interest may be viewed and registered for at www.arboretumfriends.org. Among these, some of the favorites are: Fairy Day, a chance for the younger set to construct homes for the Frelinghuysen’s garden fairies;and Grow Your Groceries, which focuses on a food crop from seed to fork.
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.