Posted Monday, July 20th, 2015

Willowwood Arboretum’s meadows in Chester Township are beautiful at this time of year, and no one knows them better than gardener Ryan Moore.

Explore Willowwood Arboretum's Meadows in Chester Township with a Master Gardener on July 25th

On Saturday, July 25, from 10 to 11:30 am, the Morris County Park Commission offers a Willowwood Walk with Moore, who will help you discover the unique variety of meadow plants, the conditions they require to flourish, and how to collect their seeds.

Ryan grows plants from seeds he collected in the meadow that you can take home.

“Set apart from Willowwood’s manicured gardens and specialized plant collections is its meadow,” said Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education. “On this tour, learn what makes a meadow distinct from other eco-systems, how meadows develop and what it takes to maintain them.”

Moore, a graduate of Rutgers University, knows this meadow very well. He will start the walk with an identification of seasonal plants of interest. Included are milkweeds, eupatoriums, monarda fistulosa, gentian, boneset, ironweed, asparagus, solidago, and bluestem. 

Explore Willowwood Arboretum's Meadows in Chester Township with a Master Gardener on July 25th

“The diversity of plants as we travel from the creek to the hills of Willowwood is astonishing and unique to meadows. We discuss how plants adapt for these conditions, and the roles of native and invasive plants,” Ryan said. 

In 1908 two brothers used a small legacy to acquire their country home near Gladstone, New Jersey. The brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs, and Henry’s adopted son, Dr. Benjamin Blackburn, developed their country place into the Willowwood Arboretum, which is New Jersey’s most comprehensive and longest continually operating arboretum.

Since 1980, under the stewardship and management of the Morris County Park Commission, the hard work of the Willowwood Foundation, with the support and hard work of countless donors and volunteers, have made it possible for the public to enjoy this beautiful green space of gardens and meadows.

Willowwood Arboretum is open free to the public daily, 365 days yearly from 8am to dusk. It is located at 300 Longview Road, Chester Township

For more information on the arboretum, visit:

For Willowwood Walk information and registration, visit or call 973-326-7603. There is a $12 cost per person for Saturday’s Willowwood Walk.

To view a video on Willowwood and other Morris County parks, visit:

News media: For more information, contact 2015 Lois McClellan Wnek: [email protected]