On Mother's Day, we went to the Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills, NJ, to walk around and take in the beautiful flowers.
The arboretum was much smaller than I thought it would be. I was expecting a botanical garden type of place, but it's a little more "wild" than that. I wore sandals and jeans with a nice top (because, hey, it was Mother's Day), but you really should wear shorts or comfortable long pants, a T-shirt, and athletic shoes because there are no paved pathways. Instead, there are hiking trails!
Admission is free, although that could change depending on any special events that might be happening, so make sure to check the events calendar on the Willowwood Arboretum website before you go.
It's open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset, so you don't even have to visit in the peak of summer. If you'd rather wait for cooler weather in the fall, there will still be stuff to see.
The website doesn't say whether or not food is permitted on the grounds, but we saw some people enjoying wine on the porch of one of the historic houses on the grounds, and there is plenty of open grass area for laying out a blanket and enjoying a picnic lunch. Willowwood Arboretum is even available for weddings!