I will tell my grandchildren that my garden mania began during covid-19 quarantine of 2020. The year when I probably visited over a dozen of gardens and parks in New Jersey and New York, seeking to escape the shutdown for a brief moment. There is something so peaceful about planned gardens — symmetry of the laid out paths lends one a sense of control, no matter how subconscious. Strolling among the pruned bushes, formal alleys, wisteria-covered pergolas and meticulously manicured lawns, I found respite from the dumbfounding news and politics. I’ve now visited almost a dozen of different gardens around New York and New Jersey, and am so happy to share my favorites, so you might visit them this fall as well.
One off-the-beaten-path experience you can enjoy with the whole family is visiting a lavender farm, which is in bloom from mid-June to middle of July. This is a memorable feast for all the senses and one that will gift beautiful scents and photos to enjoy all year long. Check out these 5 New Jersey lavender farms that you can visit to simply breathe in lavender-infused air, pick your own flowers, or pick up lavender beauty essentials and edibles.