Wagner Farm Arboretum sits on 96.6 beautiful acres of former farmland in the heart of Somerset County. Its gardeners, volunteers, and members seek to enrich, educate and inspire the community by increasing environmental awareness and recreational opportunities.
Wagner Farm Arboretum consists of a Community Garden, a Giving Garden and a Children's Garden.
The Community Garden has 127 rentable plots for the organic farming of fruits and vegetables in a fenced and locked enclosure. No chemicals are ever used. The garden provides renters with water, gardening tools, trash pickup and if needed, gardening education and advice. A port-o-potty is available for public use. The Community Garden has a large shaded gazebo with table and chairs for use as a resting or lunching place for the gardeners.
The Giving Garden, located within the same enclosure as the Community Garden, grows fresh organic fruits and vegetables for donation to food banks, missions and soup kitchens in order to combat local hunger. Nothing is ever sold. Volunteers prepare the beds, plant, harvest and deliver all of the food produced. Since 2007, the Wagner Farm Arboretum Giving Garden has donated a total of 94,613 lbs of food to increase food security for those in need. These donations are combined with food grown at Snyder Farms in Pittstown, NJ, an experimental farm owned by Rutgers University, and since 2007, the Giving Garden yield combined with the Pittstown yield has resulted in 544,815 lbs donated. The Giving Garden is proud of its contribution and encourages you to volunteer.
The Children's Garden is a public, enclosed space planted with native species, and offers a beautiful place in a natural environment for children to relax and play freely. A small sensory garden is available for children and there are outdoor musical instruments in a mulched area. Benches are scattered throughout the area and there's a large gazebo that provides shade from summertime sun. Many adult visitors enjoy the space for reading and relaxing. Bring a blanket, or a beach chair, and a picnic lunch and stay to watch birds and bees do their hard work in the garden. The Children's Garden is maintained entirely by volunteers. The garden is open to the public at no charge, unless the space is rented or the arboretum is hosting an event. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.
The WFA Greenhouse is currently under construction and will be complete in 2022. Heated growing space inside the greenhouse will be available for rental for those who want to garden year round. A new outdoor Senior Garden with raised beds will also be available in its own enclosed space sometime in 2022.
Access the WFA website at wfafnj.org to download the latest brochures for the Community Garden, the Giving Garden and the arboretum itself. Donations are always welcome.
Come out for the WFA BRITE NITES Halloween-themed event held every October. Brite Nites is a display of hand carved and lighted pumpkins...all done by volunteers! This event raises funds for the operating expenses of the arboretum.
Tel : 732-298-6015
Mail : [email protected]
Business Hours : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM