Leonard J. Buck Garden
Somerset County Park Commission
11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
(908) 234-2677

Places Nearby:
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Raptor Trust
Reeves - Reed Arboretum
Somerset County Environmental Education Center
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The Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the United States. Working with a well-known landscape architect, Mr. Buck developed a Naturalistic Garden designed to be ecologically correct and not recognizable as being man-made. Incorporating several large outcroppings, each slightly different, the two created varying exposures and microclimates, enabling different plant associations to thrive.

Tucked among the rocks are rare and exotic rock garden plants. Wooded trails, lined with beautiful wild flowers, connect the outcroppings, leading visitors through a magnificent world where nature and the human touch complement one another, proving beyond a doubt that such a harmony can and does exist.

There is much to be learned here as well. Horticulture, landscape design, and geology are presented in a way that is most acceptable and interesting even to those only mildly interested in these subjects.

There are no formal school programs, but Guided Tours are offered to organized groups of all ages. Participants learn how nature and man conspired to create one of the most beautiful places around.

Though the Buck Garden is of interest year-round, the peak time is in spring, when life begins to stir among the many flowers.

Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturdays 10 - 5 and Sundays 12pm - 5pm . Closed weekends and major holidays December thru March.








Fees subject to change. Call to confirm.

Groups: Guided tour, up to 15 people, modest fee charged. Call for info.

Group Reservations: At least 3 weeks in advance.

Lunch: Local restaurants.

Handicapped Access: Partial. Call for details.

Directions: I-80 west to I-287 south to exit 18. Take Rt. 202/206 north, staying right to continue on 202. Follow signs to Morristown and Far Hills. At the Far Hills train station, turn right just before the railroad tracks onto Liberty Corner -- Far Hills Rd. Go .9 of a mile to Layton Rd. and turn right. Garden is on the left. 60 - 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

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