Park Commission Accepting Wedding Reservations

The Perennial Garden’s gazebo in Colonial Park. (Photo: Somerset County Park Commission.)

The Horticulture Department of the Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for wedding ceremonies and photos at three locations in the Colonial Park Gardens.

The Colonial Park locations are: the Arboretum (for ceremonies and photos), the Perennial Garden, and the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden (for photos only). The fee for each garden is $150.00 per hour.

The one-acre Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden is a display garden, comprising one acre of plantings with more than 3,000 roses in more than 325 varieties. The garden is at its peak bloom in late May and June.

The Perennial Garden is a beautiful garden with a gazebo that provides year-round interest and color from its collection of flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennials, and annuals. The garden will be undergoing renovations in 2019. Because parts of the garden will be under construction throughout the growing season, we cannot accommodate wedding ceremonies, but will allow wedding photography by permit.

The 144-acre Arboretum provides displays of flowering trees, evergreens, shade trees, dwarf conifers, and flowering shrubs. This includes the three-acre Shrub Collection which showcases plants that grow well in central NJ and are designed to give year-round interest by using flowering shrubs; trees; perennials; and ornamental grasses; and the areas surrounding the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden and the Perennial Garden.

Reservations, at least two weeks prior to the wedding date, may be made by calling (908) 722-1200 ext. 5721. Individuals with hearing/speech impairment may use the NJ Relay Service at 711. The reservation line for Colonial Park Gardens is available from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., (except for holidays).

Information on Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.


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