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The Most Memorable Mother’s Day
MORRISTOWN, NJ. Celebrate Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11, at two of New Jersey’s most beautiful public gardens complete with tours, complimentary light refreshments, and musical entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, facilities of the Morris County Park Commission and located in Chester Township, will be ready in all their springtime splendor to provide the most beautiful backdrop for your pleasure, as well as family photos. These remarkable historic gardens offer jewel-like gardens, lush landscapes, water features, and pristine meadows. You will feel as though you have been transported into another era.

On Mother’s Day only, from 12 noon until 4 p.m., tours of both gardens will be offered by the horticultural staff of the Morris County Park Commission, as well as the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation will join this celebratory occasion by providing informative meadow walks. 

According to Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission, “The Park Commission recognizes the importance of these facilities and their gardens for its historical significance. Bamboo Brook and Willowwood Arboretum are two of a select group of historically significant homes representing the Country Place Era, when private properties were developed as integrated landscape and architectural compositions. Few of these homes are in public stewardship and open to visitors.” At Willowwood, take advantage of the rare opportunity to tour the 18th century Tubbs residence, a remarkable historic home surrounded by over 3,500 native and exotic plants, many of them rare. The home of Martha Brookes Hutcheson, the one of the first women landscape architect in the United States, will be available to tour at Bamboo Brook. This country home, once called Merchiston Farm, located on 101-acre estate is among Ms. Hutcheson’s most significant life works.

For more information and weather updates, please visit This event is sponsored in part by the Willowwood Foundation.

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Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.