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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.


Summer 2017

** 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 PDFSummer 2017 NJBG calendar of events.

August

  • August 4 (Friday), 6:30 pm
    Concert: Rave On! Classics from the legends of early rock 'n roll -- great tunes, great memories! Bring a lawn chair; concert moves to the Carriage House in bad weather. (Visit the Rave On! website [opens in new window].) $5 donation requested.
    Sponsored by M&T Bank.
  • August 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.
  • August 13 (Sunday), 12 noon-3 pm
    Audubon: Butterfly Festival. Join us for a celebration of NJBG's beautiful flying jewels! Guided Butterfly Walks all afternoon, information on starting your own butterfly garden, and more! Meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. Free. (State parking fee applies.)
    Presented by the Bergen County Audubon Society.
  • August 18 (Friday), 6:30 pm
    Concert: No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow. Folk music with a sophisticated contemporary sound from Carolann Solobello, Kayrn Oliver, and The YaYas, Catherine Miles, and Jay Mafale. (Visit the No Fuss and Feathers website [opens in new window].) $5 donation requested.
    Sponsored by American Wear.
  • August 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. (State parking fee applies.)

September

  • September 9 (Saturday), 1 pm
    Fall Wildflower Walk. Join the Wildflower Team to check out the magical sights and sounds of fall in the woodlands of the Wildflower Garden! Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. $5 donation.
  • September 10 (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.
  • September 13 (Wednesday), 12 noon
    Volunteer Potluck. NJBG volunteers are invited to our annual get-together to celebrate anotehr great season in the Garden. Bring a bowl of something tasty to share, and come meet your fellow volunteers. Free, but please call the office to register.
  • September 16 (Saturday), 9 am-1 pm
    Lilac Care Workshop. Come work in the Lilac Garden and get a hands-on lesson in lilac pruning, thinning, dead-heading, and general care from Dan Ryniec, former Lilac Curator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Lesson at 10 am. Rain date: Septembe 23. Free.
  • September 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.
  • September 24 (Sunday), 10 am
    Audubon Nature Walk. September is prime migration time for both birds and butterflies. Join us as we walk the Garden and fields looking for the butterflies and birds that visit NJBG on their fall journey, and identifying the plants our winged friends like best. Meet at the Carriage house. Rain cancels. Free.
    Presented by the Bergen County Audubon Society.

October

  • October 1 (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 14 (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, tasty food, music and dancing, great photo ops, free Garden tours, booths, exhibits, an autumn Plant Sale and lots more! Free parking & admission.
    Hosted by NJBG and the Ringwood Chamber of Commerce.
  • October 15 (Sunday), 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, tasty food, music and dancing, great photo ops, free Garden tours, booths, exhibits, an autumn Plant Sale and lots more! Free parking & admission.
    Hosted by NJBG and the Ringwood Chamber of Commerce.
  • October 15 (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.

Upcoming Summer Concerts

  • June 9: Richard Reiter Swing Band
  • June 23: The Kootz
  • June 30: The Guthrie Brothers
  • July 7: The Dalton Gang
  • July 21: The Christine Spero Group
  • August 4: Rave On!
  • August 18: No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow

Download this Adobe Acrobat PDFSummer 2017 concert calendar.

All Summer Concerts will be held on Fridays at 6:30 pm on the Concert Lawn. Bring a lawn chair. Indoors in bad weather. $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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