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 2023 NJMOM guide to the best spots to stop and smell all the flowers. (featured photo credit: iStock/Kateryna Mashkevych)
11 Places To See Flowers In NJ In Full Bloom
Walk among the tulips at Dalton Farms. Photo Credit:@elevationonedrone
This farm is expected to open up for its tulip festival from April 1-23 (weather permitting) and offers acres of pinks, yellows, reds, and purple tulips to stroll through. Bring a bouquet home—they let you cut your own at $2 per stem.
Cost: $12 per person online or $16 walk-up admission
660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
New Jersey’s popular u-pick tulip season runs from mid-April through May, offering 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. You can expect a colorful burst this year—the farm planted millions of tulips.
Cost: $15 (ages 3 and up), infants (newborn to age 2) free
86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
The Lilac Garden on the East Lawn includes more than 100 varieties of this fragrant purple flower. If you want to peek at the best blooms, stop by in Mid-May.
Cost: Admission is free; parking fee charged during the summer months
2 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
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).
Cost: Admission is free, except a fee may be charged during certain events
300 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
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 about 3,000 varieties from mid-May through the first week in June at the base of Mountainside Park.
Cost: Free to the public; donations accepted
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Plan to stop by the arboretum’s famous 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 with family activities is scheduled for Sunday, April 16, so check their site for more updates about ticketing and admission.
Cost: Free to the public; $5 per visitor donation suggested.
165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ 07901
Head to this charming town to get a peek at the yellow blooms during the Daffodil Days Festival in historic Allentown. The whole family can take in the beauty of these flowers and enjoy the festival boasting 3,000 daffodils throughout the town with adult and kid-friendly activities like cookie decorating, performances, a visit with the Easter Bunny and daffodil-themed dinners during the week. The festival begins on March 25 and runs through April 2.
Cost: Most activities are free to enjoy
Allentown, NJ 08501
You don’t need to head out of state to see spectacular cherry blossoms— Branch Brook Park is known for its 2,700 beautiful pink Japanese Cherry Blossom trees exploding color all over the park in April. Enjoy Bloomfest, a festival with live music, food, crafters, and more, on April 16 and the 10K Run on April 2 for extra cherry blossom fun this season. Continue to check their website for more events planned.
Cost: Free to the public; some events have a fee
Park Avenue and Lake Street, Newark, NJ 07104
Head to Cherry Hill this season and take in the gorgeous cherry blossoms. In the last two weeks of April, Chapel Avenue is lined with gorgeous blooms for a “9-11 Remembrance” event with yellow ribbons and American flags on the 2-mile avenue to commemorate all those lost.
Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Known for its 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 care instructions (check their website for more info).
Cost: Prices vary
Gardens: 8 Route 24 (Route 513), Chester, NJ 07930 and Market, U-pick and Fun Park: 15 North Road, Chester, NJ 07930
With over 1,000 acres, Duke Farms is a beautiful spot to explore and its fantastic display of orchids, including a Subtropical Display and a Tropical Orchid Display focusing on plants native to the United States. Take a tour through the Orchid Range, situated in a glass and steel enclosure (the first ornamental structure to be built at Duke Farms), and take in the sights and smells of numerous exotic varieties of this gorgeous flower. Afterward, grab lunch at their award-winning cafe and take a peek at our seasonal farmers’ market.
Cost: Free entry passes are required
1112 Dukes Parkway West Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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 and June 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.
Cost: Prices vary for events and locations
Peony Display: 34 Autumn Hill Drive, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 and Cut Flower location: 3625 Valley Road, Liberty Corner (Basking Ridge), NJ 07938
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.
Cost: Free admission to the public; $6 per adult and $3 per senior or child donation suggested
Colonial Park, 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
Inside the 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses 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 Deep Cut Gardens a favorite for kids and adults.
Cost: Free admission
152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Where do you love to see spring flowers in NJ?
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