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  • Writer's pictureKristy Italiano

Hello, Spring! N.J. Blooms Worth Capturing

Spring is definitely in the air (sorry, allergy sufferers!), with flowers blooming throughout the Garden State. If you’re ready for some local outdoor adventures and looking to capture some bloom-worthy spots here in New Jersey, you’ve come to the right place!


Check out some of the top blooms you won’t want to miss in the coming days and weeks.

Cherry Blossoms at Divine Park in Spring Lake.

Cherry Blossoms. It’s peak season for those beautiful cherry blossom trees, so if you haven’t captured any yet, make sure you do so very, very soon.


Branch Brook Park in Essex County has over 5,000 blooming trees - the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the U.S. That’s even more than D.C.! The crowds can get pretty intense here, so going during the week early in the morning is probably your best bet.


In search of a more low-key location to admire the beauty of cherry blossoms? Stop by Nomahegan Park in Union County and take a stroll through nature or sit and admire the beauty of these blooming blossoms.


If you live a little further south, I recommend this hidden gem - Divine Park in Monmouth County. Located in Spring Lake a few blocks from the beach, you’ll find cherry blossoms scattered throughout the loop of the park. It’s a great spot to read a book, take a walk or even go fishing!


Daffodils. Often dubbed one of spring’s first blooming flowers, these stunning yellow cuties can be found just about everywhere and are in {or getting close to} full bloom.


If you’re all about the daffy’s, be sure to stop by Reeves-Reed Arboretum - one of the largest collections of Daffodils in the state. The annual Daffodil Day is sold out but you still have time to take in the beauty of these flowers while they're still in bloom.

Tulips fields at Holland Ridge Farm.

Tulips. It’s official - tulips are in season! These stunning colorful stems are ready for their close-up.


Dalton Farms in Gloucester County is a great location to experience tulip fever if you live further south or looking to take a scenic drive. On weekends, you can also enjoy a wine tasting and some eats while at the farm.


Holland Ridge Farm in Monmouth County has rows upon rows of these beauties (over a million!) and is a great spot if you’re looking to get some lifestyle shots of your family & loved ones. There's plenty to do while there - grab some eats, meet some furry friends in the animal cracker barn, jump on a free hayride around the farm or stop by the souvenir shop on the way out.


*COMING SOON* Lavender. Breathe in, breathe out. Inhale the calming effects of this purple powerhouse on a lavender farm. June typically is the start of the lavender season here in New Jersey with a few farms right in our own backyard worthy of a trip.


Orchard View Lavender Farm in Warren County is a natural oasis of calm and tranquility. It’s a private residence that welcomes guests to explore and take in the beauty of the property. Stop by the lavender farm stand on the way out to pick up some handmade artisanal goods!


Hidden Spring Lavender and Alpaca Farm in Somerset County is open year-round with their lavender fields in full bloom in June/July. Don’t forget to say hi to the alpacas and visit the gift shoppe.


If you live in South Jersey, Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm in Monmouth County is a site to see. With over 2,000 lavender plants, you’ll get lost in the tranquility of these fields. Join in on an upcoming workshop or check out a variety of homemade lavender goods you can purchase online or at the farm.


Know Before You Go

There are no fees to get into the local parks, but if you plan on visiting one of the farms or Arboretum, make sure you plan ahead and visit their website for the latest visitor info and reservation details.


Whether you’re heading out solo or with family and friends, don’t forget to grab your camera gear (and garden shears if a farm offers a cut your own option) to capture the beauty of the Garden State this spring!


♡K


Do you have a favorite bloom-worthy spot that you visit each year either in New Jersey or elsewhere? Drop a comment in the section below!


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