Friday, June 19, 2009

Beautiful Arboretums in New Jersey
Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 7Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 6There are so many beautiful arboretums, secret gardens and historical sites all throughout the Garden State also known as New Jersey. Too many people associate the highway and industrial auto routes which are laced with factories and urban areas, as the label of NJ, cracking jokes such as; "Sure its the garden state", or "Where are the gardens in NJ" or "NJ is all city", that is not the case, if you drive deeper into the state you will find those hidden jewels, the secret gardens, the massive horse and race farms, the dairy farms, arboretums, historical museums and grand victorians and mansions, all awaiting for visitors and NJ-ites to come and discover.Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 8One favorite location of mine is Morristown and its surrounding locale. Does George Washington or Jockey Hollow ring a bell?, they are part of Morristown's history as are the industrial revolution's millionaire's homes which sit amongst quaint garden fronts and cozy tree lines streets. Aout 5-10 minutes from the center of town sits Frelinghuysen Arboretum, formely the estate of the Frelinghuysen Family who donated the estate and its picturesque 127 acres to the Morris County Park Commission (MCPC) in 1969, it was formally dedicated as Frelinghuysen Arboretum in 1971 and eventually put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.The "MCPC" is notably considered to be the best park system in NJ and one of the leading park systems in the nation.Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 13Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 12In 1989 The Haggerty Education Center opened it contains a multi-purpose auditorium and has two classrooms. The goal of the center is to provide continuing horticultural educational programs, arts, events and is also home for various plant societies. Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 18There is also a fabulous gift shop with the most unique items, including artworks and books from locals and gardeners, tea ware, cards and jewelry as well, it sun room windows not only allow light inside but are adjacent to one of the many secret gardens and garden architecture throughout the grounds.Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 16Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 15There are just so many things to see and places to explore, I love the midsummer nights eve style garden over by the gift shop and gardens, there are these two amazing fantasy/grecian style stone sculptures, which also have a Southern Gothic/Nouveau feel to it, surrounding these beauties are beautiful greenery and flowers, a few trellis, a enchanting rock pond, and wrought iron seating.Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 21Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 20Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 4Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 23What makes this arboretum even more enchanting like a fairies haven are the majestic flowers which pop out at you at every corner, I could see Edith Wharton, sitting under one of the climbing rose trellis, basking in the warm air over a pot of tea, English pastry and her writting tablet, envisioning the romance of the season.Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 32Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 2Frelinghuysem Arboretum!Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 3Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 33Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 34Frelinghuysem Arboretum! 38The following is a picture of my friend Alex and I on an excursion to the arboretm, while the local newspaper's reporter/photographer was on hand, interviewed us and snapped this photo which was printed in color in our paper, which was exciting.

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chinamommy said...

another beautiful post full of eye candy! thanks for sharing- i've never been to NJ. i just know i love your accents :)

MaygreenFairies said...

Hey Lisa hun.... gorgeous post, stunning photo's, thanks for sharing. Hugs, Mandy x

My Journey to Hope said...

Lisa, I've given the "One Lovely Blog Award" to you for your incredibly inspiring blog!

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:) Michelle

Colleen said...

lovely lovely lovely...I want to live there!!

Suze said...

totally freakin fabulous my honey and it makes me want to get on the motorcycle with Lenny and take a ride. Who knew! We really DO live in a very pretty place.

faerie enchantment said...

New Jersey is beautiful we are still the Garden State, and its not all urban as you see in some tv shows or on parts of the parkway.
There are so many hidden treasures to explore, I bet there are hundreds of hidden treasures inside everyone's state, you just have to go on an adventure and explore.

Michelle: Thanks soooooooo much, made my day!

Suze: We should plan a day there, grab some lunch nearby, walk around, and take loads of pictures, Lenny and You would love it!

xoxoxox !
Hugs to all of you!
Magic and Joy!

TiffanyJane said...

Oh wow!!! What gorgeous pics Lisa!
Wish my backyard looked like that!
Hope your Great!!
xo Tiff