A Trip to Leonard J. Buck Garden

stream at Leonard J. Buck gardens

stream at Leonard J. Buck Gardens

For Fathers’ Day, after a 40-mile bike ride, we went to Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, NJ.  Ellen and I visited here once at least 10 years ago.  This spring, I’ve ridden past the entrance several times, so it was time for another trip.

The Buck Garden is part of the Somerset County Park system.  Set on about 30 acres, it’s described as a rock garden.  If you want to walk up and down rows of roses or irises, this isn’t your garden.  However, if you want to see a beautiful landscape and what can be done in a garden that’s primarily shady, this place is for you.   The only downside to Buck is that it’s hard by Interstate 287, and the traffic noise is a constant companion when you’re sitting on one of the many benches, trying to grok the scenery.

hemlock arbor

The gazebo facing a field and brook wasn’t as sublime as two benches in a hemlock arbor bordered by a stone planter.

View of birdhouse with trees in background.

Birdhouse by the stream.

stone planter with various shrubs
One of many stone planters throughout the garden with miniature plants.

Rock gardening isn’t something I’m familiar with, so it was a real education to walk through the property and see what dedicated people can do.  If you’re in the mood for something different, I strongly urge you to visit.


About Peter, a/k/a sourdoughdaddy

Husband, dad, personal trainer, cross-country skier, trail runner, writer.
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