Frequently Asked Questions
When is Willowwood Arboretum Open and how do I get there?
Is the Garden open year-round? Is it open seven days a week?
Yes, the Willowwood Arboretum is open year-round, 8 am to dusk, and there's something to see in the gardens in every season! There are wonderful meadows and walking/hiking trails as well as the gardens.
The Tubbs House is only open to Visitors during special events. But make sure to see the gardens surrounding the house: Pan's Garden, the Rosarie, the Cottage Garden. Visit our Garden Description pages for more information.
Parking (including handicapped parking) is available in the main parking area. For larger events (for example, weddings), parking is generally directed to the field parking area.
Is there an admission fee to enter the Garden?
Not normally. However, there may be special events, such as Autumn Open House, Lilac Party etc. where a fee is charged. See our Events Page for details of special programs.
Is it easy to get to the Garden? How do I get there?
Please look at our Directions page for GPS settings and other information.
Are the Gardens accessible?
Willowwood began as a farm and there are some rolling hills and meadows with hiking paths and open grassy fields. Those in wheelchairs will find a graveled parking lot, and then a stone and macadam walking path from the parking lot, past the Stone Barn, the Greenhouse, the entrance to the Cottage Garden (which contains uneven stone pathways midst the beds) towards the Tubbs House. Entrance to the Gardens varies. Pan's Garden is reached via a grass/gravel path at the rear of the Tubbs House. The Rosarie Garden has a graveled path on a slight incline at the rear of the barn. Walking some areas may prove challenging. Resting benches are placed strategically during the Spring/Summer/Fall Growing Season within the individual gardens.
Weddings, Parties and Corporate Events
Can I have my wedding at the Garden? Whom do I contact for information?
Garden facilities can be rented for special parties, corporate events and wedding receptions or a combination of a ceremony and reception. Please contact MCPC Event Specialist Chris Knox email@example.com or 973.326.7619 for all information regarding event rentals at Willowwood Arboretum or Bamboo Brook.
Please note for Marriage Licenses: The correct mailing address for the Willowwood Arboretum is 300 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. The correct physical address is 300 Longview Road, Chester Township. The geographic area the Arboretum is located in is called "Far Hills" and uses the Far Hills Post Office for mailing.
See this website's "NEWS" page for two wedding stories and pictures. Or visit these links: http://www.unjerseybride.com/2015/04/arboretum-wedding/ and
Photography, Photo Shoots, and Permissions
Can visitors take photographs throughout the Garden?
Visitors are welcome to take informal photographs at the Garden, as long as they stay on the paths and do not disturb the plants and collections. Photography may be restricted or limited to alleviate crowding and protect the plants.
Can I take my wedding photographs at the Garden? I am a Professional Photographer, how do I arrange to take client photos?
PERMITS ARE REQUIRED for wedding or professional photography shoots at Willowwood, please contact the MCPC Reservation Department at 973-326-7631 to obtain a permit.
Do you have a question about Willowwood's Plants and Displays?
Our Horticulture Information Team can answer it for you! We can answer your questions about our history and horticulture, help you identify plants that you see in our Gardens, and even let you know if a plant you see here can be grown at your home.
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