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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.


Winter 2016-17

** 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 PDFWinter 2016-17 NJBG calendar of events.

In The Winter

The Botanical Garden's plants have settled in for a quiet snow-clad season, but there's still a lot going on. Many different types of birds are easy to spot in the bare trees, and you'll find the tracks and traces of deer and other garden residents. Look for the winter jasmine in bloom on the west side of the Manor, and the witchhazel collection near the Annex, which offers yellow and orange sunshine amid February snows. The Garden's main roads and parking lots are always promptly cleared of snow, so winter is a great time to come visit and take a walk. Or, if you like snowshoes or cross-country skis, you'll find plenty of varied terrain to explore in the meadows and woodlands that surround the Garden. Free.

December

  • December 1-4 (Thursday-Sunday)
    Holiday Open House at Skylands Manor. The Manor will be decorated floor to ceiling for your enjoyment. It's a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season with a totally different look every year! Gift Shop and Holiday Café, too.
  • December 1-4 (Thursday-Sunday), 10 am-4 pm
    HOH Daytime Tours. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the splendid decorations at your own pace. $10/adults; $8/seniors; $5/children 6-12; under 6 free. No baby strollers allowed in the Manor. Last ticket sold at 4p.
  • December 1 & 2 (Thursday & Friday), 10 am-4 pm
    HOH Group Tours. Bring your group to enjoy this holiday delight together. Please call (973) 962-9534 for details.
  • December 2 & 3 (Friday & Saturday), 6 pm-8 pm
    HOH Evening Receptions. The Manor will be yours for a leisurely stroll with wine, light refreshments and valet parking. Reservations required. $40/members; $45/guests and non-members. Individual, senior and student members may buy 1 ticket for any evening at the special member price, Family and other member categories may buy 2 tickets at the special member price.
  • December 18 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Winter Hike. An easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants and animals around you in a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. Free.

January 2017

  • January 1 (Sunday), 1 pm-3:30 pm
    First Day Hike. Start your New Year right on a self-guided family friendly hike in the State Park woodlands at the NJ State Botanical Garden. Weather permitting, you can climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return, or choose our alternat hike without a climb. This annual event is a joint project of State Park staff and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothes; small children may need to be carried. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at NJBG between 1 pm and 2 pm. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Allow 90 minutes for the hike. Staff will be on the trail for assistance if required. Snow cancels; call (973) 962-7031 for info. Free.
  • January 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. Snow cancels. Fee: $7 adults; $5 seniors and students ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6.
  • January 14 (Saturday), 10 am
    Landscape Design at Skylands: A Historical Perspective. Join Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn for a slide program on the history of garden design at Skylands, originally created by some of the most famous landscaping names of the era. The program will be held in the Carriage House, and cancels only in the event of an ongoing snowstorm. $5 Donation requested.

February

  • February 5 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. NJBG volunteer docents lead visitors on a tour of the architecture and history of Skylands Manor. Snow cancels. Fee: $7 adults; $5 seniors and students ages 13-18; $3 ages 6-12; free under 6.
  • February 19 (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 on a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Snow/rain cancels. Free.
  • February 26 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Audubon: Owls of New Jersey. Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society offers an indoor photo presentation on these fascinating raptors, touching on the many different species that inhabit our region. In the Carriage House. Snow cancels. Free.

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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