Autumn and Spring in Buck Garden
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金黃 秋之韻

Spectacular autumn golden leaves of lust forest in Buck Garden located at 11 Layton Rd, Far Hills, New
Jersey 07931.
漫步林間, 享受色彩繽紛的秋天的美景。

Nature's gorgeous color displays in Buck Garden
The tranquil Water Lily Pond in Buck Garden showcasing a beautiful spectrum of autumn color and reflections.
A picture of me (Sing Lin) in Buck Garden.
秋葉鮮紅得如此驕艷,如此風情。

Red leaves in Buck Garden.
秋正濃
The giant Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in Buck Garden. This is one of two mature, dawn
redwood trees growing behind the Visitors Center in Buck Garden in New Jersey stands over 100 feet tall with
a trunk girth over 12 feet. The Dawn Redwood is one of three species of redwood including Coastal Redwood
of California, Giant Sequoia of California and Dawn Redwood.

The Dawn Redwood (水杉) trees were thought to be extinct for millions of years until 1941 when a grove of
these trees was discovered growing in remote parts of Sichuan Province in China. When it was discovered
extant, it was heralded as a "living fossil". In 1947 the Arnold Arboretum sponsored an expedition to China to
collect seeds from this thought-to-be-extinct, prehistoric, tree. The dawn redwoods growing in Buck Garden
are a result of that seed expedition. Through years of sharing seed and propagating with other arboreta the
dawn redwood returned to North America and became available in the nursery trade.

1943年,植物學家王戰教授在四川萬縣磨刀溪路旁發現了三棵從未見到過的奇異樹木,其中最大的一棵
高達33米,胸圍2米。當時誰也不認識它,甚至不知道它應該屬於哪一屬?哪一科?一直到1946年,由中
國著名植物分類學家胡先驌 和 樹木學家鄭萬鈞共同研究,才證實它就是億萬年前在地球大陸生存過的水
杉,從此,植物分類學中就單獨添進了一個水杉屬、水杉種. 自從在中國發現仍然生存的水杉以後,曾引
起世界的震動!被譽為植物界的“活化石”!
A trail in Buck Garden
Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the United States. The Buck Garden valley was sculpted
from an ancient glacial stream valley, where waterfalls once cascaded out of Moggy Hollow to the East, then
subsided, leaving behind rock faces, outcroppings, ponds and a stream.

It took the eye of a geologist, Mr. Leonard J. Buck, fascinated by mineral-topography-plant relationships, to
see the valley's potential to showcase the finest of human-bred cultivars and nature's prettiest wild plants.

The wide rock bench of the Big Rock, the northern wall of the valley in Buck Garden left by the ancient glacier.
Many low creeping flowering plants coat and blanket the rocks. Some plants shape themselves to fit in with the
rocks and naturalize on this wide rock bench.
Brilliant hues of yellow and gold in Buck Garden.
Another view of one of the two the giant Dawn
Redwoods in Buck Garden.
Lush green meadow in the spring.

The Moggy Brook, a small stream bordered by hand-made rock walls, seems almost out of a storybook. It is
lined with the delicate-looking, black-stemmed maidenhair fern and bright blue forget-me-nots.
Beautiful pink and white dogwoods in Buck Garden in April.

Along the Primrose Path, there are naturalized dogwood and wild geraniums. Tall candelabra primroses
surround the peeling orange trunks of the river birch 'heritage' on the swamp's edge.

A lot of the plants Mr. Buck put in were gifts from other plantsmen, and that the azaleas and rhododendrons
came from breeders around the country, many identified only by numbers.
Reflection of the beautiful pink dogwood
and white dogwood on the lily pond.
A close-up view of the leaves of Dawn Redwood.
Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills is a garden of splendor and inspiration-- a landscape of art, sprung from a
love of the beauty of plants and a reverence for nature.
The geologist who bought the land was Mr. Leonard J. Buck. As a trustee of the New York Botanical Gardens
in the 1930's, he met Mr. Zenon Schreiber, landscape architect, and together they created the garden in the
valley. Mr. Buck discovered the layout of outcroppings, and the men chiseled and shoveled, picked and blasted
to expose the basalt--once hot lava that formed the Second Watchung mountain about 175 million years ago.
Many beautiful and exotic flowers are blooming in the Buck Garden in different months. A description of the
names of these flowers/plants and their locations in Buck Garden can be found at the following websites:

http://
www.njskylands.com/eco_gardenbuck

http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/buck/bloomlist.html
The Azalea Field, on the valley floor, has successional bloom in waves of pink, violet and white in springtime.
Viburnums, rhododendrons, herbs, wildflowers, magnolias and perennials complete the layers of blossoms.