Visit New Jersey’s public gardens to see our native plants in cultivation and get ideas for your own Jersey-Friendly yard.
Rutgers Gardens, located on the campus of Rutgers University, is free to visitors and open 365 days a year. The gardens feature both New Jersey native plants and Jersey-Friendly non-natives. A holly collection, rain garden, and water conservation terrace garden are just a few of its diverse botanical gardens and special collections. Rutgers Gardens also offers tours and educational programs throughout the year. Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
As part of the Ocean County Soil Conservation District’s Soil Health Improvement Project at Jakes Branch County Park, the American Littoral Society designed five native plant gardens for different environmental conditions a homeowner or landscaper may encounter. There is a butterfly garden, shade garden, sun garden, wet garden, and rain garden; each one has a sign identifying the plants growing there. Native Plant Demonstration Gardens, Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County Display Garden
The Master Gardener Program of Ocean County added native woodland plants to the display garden in front of the county Extension building and created a guide to the native species planted there. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, NJ 08755
The Pohatcong Native Arboretum, Native Tree Museum of northwest New Jersey, is a collection of 160 species of native trees, shrubs, and vines organized into 38 plant families. The plants, which are all native to New Jersey, are identified by plaques with common, family, genus, and species names. The arboretum has one of the most comprehensive collections of local native woody plants in the mid-Atlantic region. Pohatcong Native Arboretum, 56 Mine Hill Road, Washington, NJ 07882
See native plants growing at most of the 23 public gardens in the consortium. A printable brochure provides information about visiting these gardens located throughout the state.