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January 6, 2022

Somerset County Park Commission Accepting Reservations for Weddings, Events, and Photoshoots

Public Can Make Memories at Scenic Locations

bride and bridesmaids posing for a picture

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission is accepting reservations for weddings, celebratory events, and photoshoots at scenic locations in Colonial Park Gardens in Somerset, and Leonard Jay Buck Gardens in Far Hills for the 2022 season.

“The park’s settings are ideal for weddings and other milestone events,” said Somerset County Secretary-Director Geoffrey Soriano. “The gardens and arboretum are beautiful all year ‘round but especially during the spring and summer months. These beautiful locations will help make any event picture-perfect and memorable for families and friends attending their special event.”


Venues and Reservations

Reservations at all venues must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. Events and photoshoots at the park’s gardens are not limited to weddings and can include birthdays, engagements, family portraits, graduations, maternity, proms, quinceañera and more. Photoshoots can either be amateur or professional, posed or unposed.

Colonial Park Gardens has the following venues:

  • Perennial Gardens – reserve for wedding ceremonies, milestone events and photoshoots
  • Arboretum – reserve for wedding ceremonies, milestone events and photoshoots
  • Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden – reserve for posed photoshoots only
  • To make reservations, call 908 722-1200, ext. 5721 on non-holiday weekdays, from
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hearing-impaired individuals can call NJ Relay Service at 711

Leonard J. Buck Garden

  • Accepts reservations for wedding/posed photoshoots only
  • To make reservations call 908 722-1200, ext. 5621 on non-holiday weekdays, from
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hearing-impaired individuals can call NJ Relay Service at 711


There is a fee of $200 per hour for wedding ceremonies, milestone events and photography, and a $100 per hour fee for posed photoshoots.


Permits are required for weddings, milestone events, and all photography sessions. Permit holders must agree that while using the facilities at the Somerset County Park Commission, discrimination against any person or group of people due to race, color, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and religious or political affiliation will not be tolerated.

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Colonial Park Gardens

Flora grows all year at Colonial Park Gardens. Visitors can see flowering shrubs, trees, perennials, and ornamental grasses in the areas surrounding the Fragrance and Sensory Garden, Perennial Garden, and the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden.


The Arboretum at Colonial Park Gardens has a three-acre shrub collection, which showcases plants that grow well in central New Jersey. Visitors will see flowering trees and shrubs, evergreens, shade trees, and dwarf conifers.


Perennial Gardens

The design of the new Perennial Garden was inspired by the history of the park’s natural landscape and it was also based on three themes, including a Fibonacci spiral, a meditative labyrinth, and traditional garden mazes. The plant life is in full bloom from early spring to late fall. In the winter, visitors can see the garden’s aesthetically pleasing evergreen hedges and grasses with tan foliage.


Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden

The garden is in peak bloom in late May and June and is comprised of approximately one acre of plant life with more than 3,000 roses grown in more than 325 varieties.


The Leonard J. Buck Garden

This unique, naturalistic garden of great beauty is the perfect setting for spectacular wedding photos. Known for its numerous wildflowers, shrubs, and beautiful shade trees the garden has a 13-acre rock garden, set in 29-acres of natural woodland area, featuring rustic gazebos, bridges, a sparkling pond, a flowing stream, and winding path.


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