Entering the impeccably landscaped gardens of the Cross Estate is like going back in time – to the early 20th century, in fact, when Julia Appleton Newbold Cross hired landscape architect Clarence Fowler to redesign this serene property. Experience the elegance of a lifestyle that no longer exists by walking through these formal, walled gardens. Take the path bordered by mountain laurel and stroll beneath the wisteria-covered pergola for a perfect afternoon.

The gardens have been part of Morristown National Historical Park since 1975. The land once was home to the NJ Brigade during the winter encampment of 1779-80 by Revolutionary War soldiers. The gardens are maintained by volunteers from the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation. Visitors can reserve their spot on a garden tour from mid-April through October.

Of Special Note:

  • The original house was built by John Bensel in 1905
  • Julia Cross was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society for eight years
  • The gardens showcase ornamental grasses, shrubs, perennials, native plants and towering trees
Contact info

61 Jockey Hollow Rd * Bernardsville * NJ 07924

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