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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.

There is a $5.00 per car State Park parking fee on summer Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. 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-Spring 2014

** 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 PDFSpring 2014 NJBG calendar of events.

April

  • April 6 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. Historic tours guided by knowledgeable NJBG docents. The last tour begins at 3 pm. Manor House tour dates are subject to change; please check back. Donation: Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free.
  • April 12 (Saturday), 1 pm
    Who Makes the Trails?. NJBG has many miles of hiking trails in the hills surrounding the Botanical Garden. Learn more about hiking and who makes the trails in a program presented by the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. In the Carriage House. $5 donation requested.
  • April 13 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Gardens. [GS] Gorgeous, low-maintenance gardens are no accident. Learn proven design tricks for sensational gardens that will be the talk of the neighborhood. Topics include selecting great plants, incorporating focal points, vertical interest, sustainable practices, natural repellants, the how's and when's of using fertilizer, and more. Nataionally-known speaker Kerry Mendez has over 25 years of experience and is a 'passionate perennialist' who enjoys mixing humor with practical information. $5 donation requested.
  • April 13 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Family Woodland Hike. Join Rich Cahayla-Wynne 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. Snow/rain cancels. FREE.
  • April 26 (Saturday), 10 am
    Early Spring Wildflower Walk. [GS] Spring is peeking out everywhere! Join Nancy Bristow in checking out the early bloomers in the Wildflower Garden! Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain or snow cancels. $5 donation requested.
  • April 26 (Saturday), 1 pm-5 pm
    Introduction to Trail Maintenance. New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteers maintain the trails around the Botanical Garden, and many other fine trails in the area. Learn more about hiking and trail maintenance in a program that introduces you to the Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail. Participants will learn to assess trail conditions, clearing, blazing, proper use of tools and how to report trail problems. The afternoon will include a class at the Carriage House Visitor Center, hiking on the Botanical Garden's trails, and a wrap up indoors to enjoy refreshments and evaluate your experience. No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome to register and attend. Wear hiking boots and work gloves - bring water and pack a snack. Be prepared for changeable weather; heavy rain cancels. The workshop is free, but is limited to 30 participants. Register by Thursday, April 24, at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website.
  • April 27 (Sunday), 1 pm
    Building Backyard Habitats. [GS] Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society offers an indoor photo presentation on ways to welcome birds and butterflies to your garden, followed by a walk in the Botanical Garden to see different habitats in action. Rain cancels outdoor portion. FREE.

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May

  • May 2 (Friday), 6:30 pm
    Plant Sale - Members' Preview & Reception. We thank our members each year with an invitation to the special pre-opening to our annual Plant Sale. You'll love the array of unusual specimens! NJBG members only. (Not a member? Become one!).
  • May 3-4 (Saturday-Sunday), 10 am-4 pm
    Plant Sale. Perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, hanging baskets and potted plants. Knowledgeable Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer advice, and the plants are lush and healthy. Come early for the best selection. FREE admission.
  • May 4 (Sunday), 11 am-3 pm
    Skylands Manor Tours. Historic tours guided by knowledgeable NJBG docents. The last tour begins at 3 pm. Manor House tour dates are subject to change; please check back. Donation: Adults: $7; Seniors: $5; Students 13-18: $5; Children 6-12: $3; Under 6: Free.
  • May 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday), 12 noon-4 pm
    Lilac Garden Splendor. The Lilac Garden is a large collection of these sweet-scented and prolific spring beauties, in the peak of bloom this time of year. Members of NJBG's Lilac team will be in this part of the Garden to answer any questions you might have. FREE.
  • May 11 (Sunday), 2 pm
    Free Guided Garden Tours Begin. Knowledgeable NJBG docents take you on a tour of what's blooming around the Botanical Garden. These free tours will be available every Sunday afternoon at 2pm until the end of October. Meet at the Carriage House. Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. FREE.
  • May 17 (Saturday), 10 am
    Spring Wildflower Walk. [GS] Join Nancy Bristow in checking out the early bloomers in the Wildflower Garden! Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Rain cancels. $5 donation.
  • May 18 (Sunday), 1 pm-3 pm
    Children's Container Gardening Workshop. [GS] Join Nancy Cochrane and Master Gardener and educator Olga Newey to explore the fun of gardening. Learn to grow veggies and herbs in different containers; you'll take home what you plant. In the Carriage House. Ages 6 and up; children under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. $10 members, $15 non-members. Reservations requested at 973-962-9534; walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.
  • May 18 (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, animals and geology 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.

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 car parking fee on summer weekends and holidays. Weekday parking is free.

[GS] GARDEN SATURDAYS
Our interesting and varied program series offers you a brand-new adventure on Saturday mornings.

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. 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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