Though the name suggests this garden is dedicated to trees, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum has a wide variety of plants and flowers growing on the 127-acre property. Anyone with an interest in gardening, flowers, or the outdoors would enjoy a visit to the property that began as a summer home for George G. and Sara Frelinghuysen.
In addition to serving as a summer home, the property was a fully functioning farm with servants that cared for the property year-round to provide flowers and food to the family that spent most of their time in New York City.
Besides having greenhouses, multiple barns, and some smaller houses, there was a carriage house that was converted into an education center, offices, and public restroom area.
It was George and Sara Frelinghuysen’s daughter, Matilda, that made it possible for the public to enjoy the beautiful property. Matilda was a member of the Garden Club of Morristown, New Jersey, and initiated plans to convert the estate into an arboretum five years prior to her passing. When she died in 1969, Matilda donated the property to Morris County; the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was dedicated in 1971.