It’s that time of year—spring flowers in NJ are beginning to bloom, and lucky for us the Garden State is full of fields, farms, and gardens specializing in them. And after a long winter, we can’t think of a better way to get outside and celebrate the season. From colorful tulip fields to stunning irises to gorgeous cherry blossoms, seeing the prettiest spring flowers in NJ will brighten your day (and give you plenty of snaps for the ‘gram). Scroll down for our 2021 NJMOM guide to the best spots for stopping and smelling all the flowers.
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New Jersey’s popular u-pick tulip season runs from mid-April through May and offers visitors rows of colorful tulips. Stock up on some beautiful tulips at $1 per stem. Make sure to snap the fam for a timeless Easter photo and unlike many flower farms in New Jersey, you are welcome to bring a photographer to the grounds too.
Tickets: $12 (ages 13-61), $10 (ages 3-12 and 62 and older), infants (newborn to age 2) free
86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
This farm is expected to open up for its tulip walk during the second week in April (weather permitting) and offers acres of pinks, yellows, reds, and purple tulips to peruse. Bring a bouquet home—they let you cut your own at $1 per stem. Extra treat: Their farm-made honey is available for purchase too.
Tickets: $12 per person
660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro
Phone Number: (856) 628-7313
The Lilac Garden on the East Lawn includes more than 100 varieties of this fragrant purple flower. If you want a peek at the best blooms, stop by here in Mid-May.
Admission is free; a parking fee charged during the summer months
2 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone Number: (973) 962-9534
This arboretum has gardens spread throughout the 131 acres, including a lilac collection located northwest of its Stone Barn. A long list of lilac varieties can be found on their website, with flowering beginning in late April (until mid-June, depending on variety).
300 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
Phone Number: (908) 234-1815
This garden spot to find spring flowers in NJ is often called the “rainbow on the hill.” Visitors can see more than 14,000 irises of 3,000 varieties from mid-May through the first week in June at the base of Mountainside Park.
Free to the public; donations accepted.
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone Number: (973) 783-5974
Plan to stop by the arboretum’s Daffodil Bowl in April, when fields of thousands of yellow and orange-tinged daffies fill this NJ garden listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Mark your calendars: Daffodil Day is scheduled for Sunday, April 18, so make sure you check their site for more updates about ticketing and admission.
Free to the public; $5 per visitor donation suggested.
165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ 07901
Phone Number: (908) 273-8787
You don’t need to head out of state to see spectacular cherry blossoms— Branch Brook Park is known for its array of 2,700 beautiful pink Japanese Cherry Blossom trees exploding color all over the park in April. While Bloomfest, a festival with live music, food, crafters, and more, is not happening for 2021, a virtual 10K run will take place during the peak blooming time, April 3-18. Participants have two weeks to run the race route through this park in NJ (or another location of their choosing).
Free to the public
Park Avenue and Lake Street, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone Number: (973) 268-3500
Known for their orchids and varieties, this farm has Cattleya, Dendrobium, Miltoniopsis, Vanda orchids, and more growing in their greenhouse. Need care advice? They’ll give you plenty of tips when you visit, and as well as care instructions (check their website for more info).
15 North Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Phone Number: (908) 879-2696
This 7-acre display garden features various peony collections that include 700 different cultivars and more than 50,000 individual plants. You can also cut-your-own herbaceous peonies at the 12-acre off-site area. And save Friday nights in May for a picnic among the peonies—you can set up a spread for the fam and enjoy the fields of gorgeous blooms while you eat.
Admission is $10 per person, all ages Open May 1 – June 6
34 Autumn Hill Drive, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
This gorgeous rose garden in NJ is where you can admire more than 3,000 roses of 325 varieties in bloom from late spring through the fall. The beautiful ponds and seating areas offer many spots to stop and smell the roses, and there’s signage around the grounds, giving more insight into why roses are known as the queen of flowers.
Free admission to the public; $3 per adult and $1 per senior or child donation suggested
Colonial Park, 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone Number: (908) 772-1200 x5721
Inside the 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses, there is a Rose Parterre home to 52 varieties of roses with more than 180 bushes. Beyond that, enjoy the other lush gardens and areas that make this a favorite for kids and adults (and read more about Deep Cut Gardens here).
152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone Number: (732) 671-6050