Spring has sprung. As the weather gets warmer and days get longer, bushels of colorful flowers will begin to bloom all across the Garden State. From tulips to lavender, sunflowers and more, there is plenty of gorgeous flora that grows in New Jersey. Whether you’re looking for a picture-perfect scene or want to walk through fields of beauty, flower farms are the perfect place to spend a warm afternoon. Here’s a list of NJ flower farms to visit this spring and summer.
Holland Ridge Farms – Cream Ridge, NJ
With over 300 acres and eight million tulips to explore, Holland Ridge Farms is the perfect place to get lost in this spring. At just $1 per stem, you can pick your favorite colors and create your own bouquets. If that’s not your style, bring your camera and stand in front of the yellow, pink and red tulips for the perfect backdrop.
Make sure to bring the kids, too. There are also rescue animals, a bakery, Dutch sailboat display and bakery to check out. In the summer, you can look forward to sunflowers, too.
Alan’s Flower Farm – Allentown, NJ
Alan’s has been a go-to place for flowers in Monmouth County since opening in 1990. For over 30 years, the farm has operated as both a sight to see and a place to purchase beautiful flowers for your home or special occasion. Its humble beginnings boasted a 35-acre farm, but since has grown to a gargantuan 165 acres! 125 of the Alan’s Farm acres are reserved for growing annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and branches all for cut flower production.
The Alan fields contain a wide variety of flowers from sunflowers and dahlias to mixed bouquets. Peak season to visit Alan is during the spring and summer, but varieties like the sunflower bloom later and last into the fall.
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm – Skillman, NJ
Lavender and alpacas? Now, that’s a combination! At this Skillman farm, there are 15 various lavender types to view in their fields and choose from. When you’re not walking through the fields, you can watch lavender distilling, hang out with and feed alpacas, buy a variety of aromatherapy items, and much more. Though picking flowers is not permitted, there are plenty to purchase.
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm even sells their own line of teddy bears called Buena Bears that are filled with lavender, making them not only cuddly but calming, too.
Duchess Farms – South Brunswick, NJ
Duchess Farms is certainly a sight for sore eyes. The beautiful display of Anemones, Campanulas, Tulips, Lavender, Sunflowers and more fill the fields of this South Brunswick farm throughout the spring and summer. Candice Howard, a floral designer, and Tom Brys own and operate this beloved destination with attention to flower care and aesthetics kept in mind.
Thanks to Howard’s expertise in the field (pun intended), Duchess offers some of the best bouquets you will find in New Jersey. Duchess Farms is open to visit for members of their CSA Bouquet Subscription, which offers customers consistent local flowers throughout the growing season. If you take flowers seriously, then Duchess Farms should be your next stop. More can be found at their site.
Dalton Farms – Swedesboro, NJ
Tulips are blooming at Dalton Farms. From red to purple, pink and white, you’re going to want to see what this farm has to offer. Sitting on 99 acres, there is plenty to wander through. At only $2 per stem or $10 for 10, you can pick as many as you like.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the Red Hen of Swedesboro will present a food and beer garden. Wagonhouse Winery will host a wine tasting and other vendors will also be in attendance.
Tickets go on sale at the end of March and can be purchased online. The farm will open during the first week of April.
Princeton Lavender – Princeton, NJ
Witness the gorgeous fields of purple at Princeton Lavender. This farm grows four types of lavender—Big Time Blue, Phenomenal, Sensational and Hidcote—as well as sunflowers and zinnias. There is more than just the flowering beauty to witness. While there, you can visit and feed farm animals, purchase lavender-made goods, check out the beehives, baby chicks and more.
The first type of lavender, Big Time Blue, will flower in May. Visiting info can be found here.
Mad Lavender Farm – Milford, NJ
Visit Mad Lavender Farm for not only the sights and scents of lavender but a relaxing getaway. With bushels of flowers scattered across acres of land to animals, yoga with goats, hands-on workshops and more, there are plenty of ways to spend your day at this farm. There are seven varieties of lavender grown here, and plenty of lavender-themed goodies to purchase.
Pick-your-own lavender starts in mid-June and lasts through early July.
Happy Day Farm – Manalapan, NJ
Happy Day Farm is home to plenty of fun and gorgeous sights, particularly once the flowers start blooming. The farm is known for its lavender and sunflower fields. You can wander through and view the lavender, as the fresh scents fill the air around you. At the sunflower fields, you can bring a pair of shears and pick your own flowers to take home. If you don’t have a pair, you can borrow a pair, with a $10 refundable deposit. Make sure to bring a camera, as you’ll want to capture the memories at these picturesque locations.
The farm has more to offer, like fresh-squeezed lemonade and shaved ices. The lavender garden opens in early June and the sunflower fields open on July 4 weekend.
Alstede Farms – Chester, NJ
From July through October, enjoy the sights of sunflowers at Alstede Farms. At their Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail, you can become immersed in the beauty around you. For this farm, you can purchase a pick-your-own admission ticket, which allows you to pick various fruits and vegetables, and it comes with free admission to the trail.
When you’re not getting lost in the fields, you can take a hayride trip around the farm, traverse through a corn maze, attend one of their many on-site events, and more.
Sunflowers are set to bloom in July and last through October.
Von Thun Farms – Washington, NJ
Von Thun Farms is home to the New Jersey Sunflower Trail within the hills of Warren County. While exploring the trail, you can pay $6 for three stems or $3 per stem. Across the farm, there are over 10 areas perfect for photos, from a Chevy bench to a red truck, and more.
There are other summer flowers to pick, too, such as zinnias, colored sunflowers, and statice, among others. When you’re not enjoying the sunflower trail, you can pick peaches and other fruits, see farm animals, and purchase gifts at the store.
Sunflowers will start blooming in the summer, though the exact time has not been determined.
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