Van Vleck House & Gardens: Montclair, NJ

“Sap flowing in high volume is called a ___.” Put your maple syrup knowledge to the test on this fun self-guided trivia tour at Van Vleck House & Gardens just 30 minutes away from Hoboken. A dozen or so visits later, Van Vleck House & Gardens remains one of our favorite NJ finds. It’s small.Continue reading “Van Vleck House & Gardens: Montclair, NJ”

Autumn at The New Jersey Botanical Garden

We were about a mile into a whimsical nature walk through secret gardens, surrounded by trees dressed for autumn, when dozens of leaves started dancing above us, fluttering gracefully down like rain. Time stood still for a moment as we stood on tip toes and eagerly reached to catch them before they blanketed the coolContinue reading “Autumn at The New Jersey Botanical Garden”

Deep Cut Gardens: Middletown, NJ

Walking into Deep Cut Gardens is like walking into your grandma’s garden – you know, the one with the green thumb. You’ll find vegetables like kale, potatoes, and peppers interspersed with a rainbow of fragrant blooming flowers serving as inspiration for home gardeners. Milkweed ensures there’s an abundance of butterflies throughout the gardens – everyContinue reading “Deep Cut Gardens: Middletown, NJ”

Brookdale Park and Rose Garden: Montclair, NJ

We discovered Brookdale Park and Rose Garden in June, and it’s one of our favorite places to go. Quick drive, easy street parking, shaded, paved paths, wide open fields, scenic, and clean bathrooms – this place checks off all the boxes. Designed by the Olmsted Firm (the same folks who designed Central Park), this spaceContinue reading “Brookdale Park and Rose Garden: Montclair, NJ”

Van Vleck House and Gardens: Montclair, NJ

Van Vleck House and Gardens, nestled within the charming NJ suburb of Montclair, is by far one of our favorite places to visit. It’s serene, lush, and ripe with educational opportunities for littles. All of the trees and flowers are intentionally selected to support wildlife – chipmunks, butterflies, bees, birds, and squirrels – and spottingContinue reading “Van Vleck House and Gardens: Montclair, NJ”

NJ Botanical Garden: Ringwood, NJ

My boys LOVE flowers, but they love picking them and giving them away even more. The other day, my 21 month old lovingly picked a bunch of dandelions and clovers and handed me a small bouquet just beaming. My 4 year old tells me, “Mama, put them in water so that they last a long,Continue reading “NJ Botanical Garden: Ringwood, NJ”