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Colonial Park Gardens

156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873 • 908 722-1200 Ext. 5008

Garden View
Gazebo view
Garden View

Perennial Garden

We welcome you to the Perennial Garden. Originally established in 1976 as a lilac collection, these five acres have evolved into a garden that provides year-round interest and color for bridal parties, as well as the general public.

In spring, the garden comes alive with the colors and fragrances of daffodils, lilacs, daphnes and pinks. Late spring and summer bring added color and form to the garden. Irises, peonies, roses, lilies, and coreopsis bloom among the many perennials and shrubs. In autumn, asters, ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes reach their peak bloom. Evergreens and winterberry hollies provide interest well into the winter months.

Amid green lawns and beds of colorful perennials, bulbs, trees, and shrubs, lies the focal point of the garden, the gazebo. It was constructed in 1986 by donations from the Friends of Horticulture, Inc. The public can reserve the garden for wedding ceremonies and pictures, and other special events.

The Perennial Garden is part of a more extensive Arboretum, which includes the Fragrance and Sensory Garden, the Ornamental Grass Collection, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden and the Shrub Collection.

A permit is required for wedding ceremonies and posed photography, whether amateur or professional, for any special life event including, but is not limited to, birthdays, ceremonies, engagements, family photo shoots, graduations, maternity, proms, and quinceaneras. Please call 908 722-1200 ext. 5721.

Periods of Ornamental Interest - 2017 (PDF)

Current Gardening Programs/Special Events in Colonial Park Gardens

  Colonial Park (Lot F)
  156 Mettlers Road
  Somerset, NJ 08873

  Sunrise to Sunset Daily


  Somerset County Park Commission
  Horticulture Department
  Colonial Park Gardens
  156 Mettlers Road
  Somerset, NJ 08873
  Tel: 908 722-1200 ext. 5721
  Fax: 732 873-3896
  TTY: Use the NJ Relay Service @711
  (for individuals with hearing/speech impairments)


  E-mail the Colonial Park Gardens with any questions
  or comments.