|Hay Honey Farm, Buck Garden and Babbling
Brook in New Jersey
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On Saturday, April 30, 2011, several friends and I toured Hay Honey Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey, USA and
Babbling Brook Estate in Colonia, New Jersey to enjoy the beautiful spring flowers blooming in these two
gardens. These are private gardens that are open to public for only one day in a year as part of the Garden
Conservancy's Open Days Program. We also toured Buck Garden in Far Hills, New Jersey on the same day.
The photos on this web page are taken from these three gardens. More information on Garden Conservancy's
Open Days Program is available at the following website:
Small waterfall and fish pond in Babbling Brook in Colonia, New Jersey
A pair of red tailed hawks were circling high in the sky when we were touring Hay Honey Farm.
The Hay Honey Farm in Far Hills in New Jersey is nestled in a valley along the North Branch of the Raritan
River. The extensive gardens of The Hay Honey Farm feature a dwarf conifer/spring bulb garden, a large
walled perennial border, hosta garden, native meadow, and a large kitchen garden. A year-round natural
stream flows through the rhododendron garden, which includes woodland companion plants of all types. A
flowering shrub walk on the opposite bank of the stream has more sun-loving favorites, such as lilacs,
weigelas, and viburnums, while woodland and field walks highlight collections of unusual maples, firs and other
hardy trees and shrubs.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, we also toured the Branch Brook Park in Belleville/Newark in New Jersey to
enjoy more than 4,000 cherry blossom trees in full bloom. I took three panoramic views of the beautiful
blooming cherry blossom in addition to another one that I took several years ago as shown on my new web
I also added seven pictures of cherry blossom from this recent tour to the end of my existing web page of
cherry blossom in Branch Brook Park at:
The giant Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in Buck Garden on April 30, 2011. This mature,
dawn redwood 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 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 seed 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.
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The small waterfalls over the small dam under the small bridge in Buck Garden.
Babbling Brook Estate includes a brook, two ponds, specimen trees, a greenhouse, a waterfall with fishpond,
perennial borders, a wild garden, and indoor and outdoor pools – all perched on a hill with views of the
fairways/Golf Course beyond.
I took this picture of bottom-up view of the giant Dawn Redwood in Buck Garden in last autumn season when I
toured Buck Garden on October 24, 2010.
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.
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 Azalea Fields in these gardens are blooming in waves of pink, violet and white in springtime. Viburnums,
rhododendrons, herbs, wildflowers, magnolias and perennials complete the layers of blossoms.
Ferns lined the year-round natural stream that flows through the rhododendron garden in Hay Honey Farm