Welcome to the Willowwood Arboretum
In 1908 two brothers used a small legacy to acquire their country home near Gladstone, New Jersey.
The two brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs, and Henry’s adopted son, Dr. Benjamin Blackburn, developed this country place into the Willowwood Arboretum, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and longest continually operating Arboretum.
Since 1980 under the stewardship and management of the Morris County Park Commission, the Willowwood Foundation and the support and hard work of countless donors and volunteers have made it possible for the public to enjoy this beautiful green space of gardens and meadows.
Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from 8am to dusk.
Willowwood Foundation Elects New Officers
With the departure of current President Rob Diemar and his family to warmer climes (although Rob will remain a Trustee for the Tubbs Trust), 15 year veteran Trustee Brace Krag was named President by the Board of Trustees at their June, 2015 meeting.
Other new officers include Jason Andris, Vice President, Kate Burke Walsh, Secretary and Stathis Andris continues as Treasurer.
Cell Phone Tour Now Available: April 1, 2015 through October
The Willowwood Foundation and the Morris County Parks Commission partnered together to implement a tour of the key highlights (core gardens and buildings) at the Willowwood Arboretum via your cell phone. Visitors simply dial 973-349-3020 and begin their walking tour, stop by stop, listening to short audio clips about each place of interest. This technology is very similar to audio tours found at museums etc.
Willowwood’s beauty is clearly evident, but its fascinating history is not. Using cell phone technology helps us to share the story of Willowwood Arboretum with visitors and provide in depth plant information. Rob Diemar, President of the Willowwood Foundation noted, “The Willowwood Foundation is excited to have been able to work with the Morris County Park Commission to introduce the first cell phone tour to Willowwood Arboretum. This project brings Willowwood into the 21st century and provides guests visiting the Arboretum an opportunity to learn so much more about its rich history. This will truly enhance the visitors experience at Willowwood."
To see a map of the Cell Phone Tour Stops, click here or on Cellphone Tour in the Menu Box.
Willowwood on Film
Greener New Jersey Productions has produced a new half-hour film featuring Morris County as part of the "Open Spaces & Historic Places" series. The Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta are a part of this. It originally aired on NJTV in May, 2014. BUT there is a repeat viewing on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm on NJTV.
Or, you may view the entire 30 minute production on vimeo by clicking below.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the gardens Spring through Fall. During Winter, the Ornamentals Collection offers evergreen and deciduous plants featuring interesting fruit, bark or branching habit.
Willowwood, 130 acres of rolling farm land, has about 2,100 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them rare. In addition to the formal gardens near the residence and undisturbed forest, historic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, a superb specimen of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) now more than 98’ tall, masses of ferns and handsome stands of field and forest wild flowers.
2014 "Cherry" Photo Contest Winners Announced:
The 2014 Photo Contest topic was "Willowwood's Cherries" - There are many varieties of cherries at Willowwood (see list under garden information). One of which is one of Willowwood's most unusual cherries: Prunus serrulata ‘Asagi’. Each spring visitors marvel at its curious apple-green flowers. Winning Finalist photos are shown on the Photo page of this website. Visitors at the Mother's Day Event and the Willowwood Foundation annual Lilac Party Fundraiser voted for their favorite photo and the winners are: Navjot Singh, a remarkable photographer, won 1st Place and tied for second! David Mojica also tied for 2nd Place. 4th Place was won by Jessica Brent Huelsbergen and Fifth Place was won by Jim Punderson! Many thanks to all who voted and all those who entered this contest. When you look at the photos you will understand how hard it was for the voters to choose.
Our next photo contest topic is Fall/Winter Flora & Fauna at Willowwood! Check out more info on our events page listed top right! Deadline for photo submission is April 15, 2015.
In 2012 the Foundation sponsored our first competition - the topic was Daffodils. First place winner was Ashton Temples for his photo of a single daffodil. Michael Hartnett's photo came in 2nd place and Gene Moretti had two of his photos tied for 3rd Place. The top finalist photos are displayed here on the photo page on this website.
The 2013 contest featured Willowwood’s Magnolias. Generally in bloom March into April, the top twelve photos of Magnolias were displayed at WW on Mother's Day and at the Lilac Party, May 19, 2013. After voting, the winning photos were featured in this website's Photo Section. First Place prize winner is Elise Ange. Navjot Singh won 2nd Place, Peggy Wagemann, 3rd Place and David Mills, 4th Place.
The 1st Annual Tubbs Lecture
The 1st Annual Tubbs Lecture was held on Sunday, April 19th.
Professor Anthony Aiello, Director of Horticulture at the University of Pennsylvania, presented a fascinating lecure entitled, “Japanese Flowering Cherries: A 100 Year Long Love Affair.”
Please click on the image at right for more information or go to the longer writeup on our Events page.
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See the "Hidden World of Willowwood" in the latest Black River Journal (BRJ) by clicking the image above.
Willowwood is not new to the BRJ -- here is an article from 2008 commemorating Willowwood's Centennial.