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lots of flowers here in the summertime
The Cross Estate Gardens
Closest available address
61 Jockey Hollow Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Generally open daylight hours
973-543-4030 = Morristown
30 minutes or less
Best time to visit
The Cross Estate Gardens is a small garden located at the former Cross Estate, which is now part of the Morristown National Historical Park. The gardens are maintained by volunteers and include a number of colorful flowers and a range of plants. The historic Cross Estate House located next to the gardens is used by the US Park Service as office space and is not open to visitors.
The main estate house was built in 1905 at a time when affluent New Yorkers built lavish second homes and country estates in rural New Jersey to enjoy country living and to luxuriate. The home was purchased in 1929 by the Cross family who enhanced and expanded the gardens. In 1975 the Morristown National Historical Park purchased the home and gardens as well as the surrounding 162 acres to incorporate the area into the historical park and to preserve grounds that had been used by soldiers in the Revolutionary War. The gardens had been neglected and local volunteers soon began restoration and enhancement work.
There are actually two gardens. The main one is to the left of the house bordering a pergola and a small one called Grace’s Garden is behind the house. Grace’s Garden was a bit overgrown and untidy. The larger garden is perhaps an acre in size and easy to walk around. It was quite colorful in summer and full of bees and butterflies enjoying plant nectar. There also were a reasonable number of plant signs. While the plants and flowers were enjoyable to view briefly, there was little else to do here and only serious gardeners likely would want to stay longer than a few minutes. Most people would find the main historical park area to be of greater interest. Tours of the gardens are offered Wednesdays at 10 am usually in spring and summer, call 973-376-0348 for more information.
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