Gardens

 

History

In the 1760s, when Governor William Livingston purchased land in Elizabethtown, NJ for Liberty Hall, one of his goals was to establish a garden filled with unique specimens, a truly beautiful and enduring legacy. He cultivated his garden from fruit trees from Europe, and in the 18th century tradition, exchanged seeds with his contemporaries such as George Washington and his son-in-law John Jay. The magnificent Horse Chestnut tree which stands just outside the front door of Liberty Hall, was indeed one of the seeds he obtained from England. It is over 240 years old today and one of the oldest trees in New Jersey. You can also find a Bartlett pear tree, Seckel pear tree and Buckeye trees that are also among the oldest of their kind in New Jersey, all right here on the grounds of Liberty Hall.

You can see many other outstanding trees along the Serpentine Path, many planted by another early owner Lord Bollingbroke who resided at Liberty Hall in the early 1800s. Our gardens today still amaze visitors each day from all over the world. Bringing William Livingston’s goal to life by continuing to have a garden filled with unique specimens.

Explore Our Trails

Maze

Liberty Hall’s English parterre garden features a full-length maze, providing optimal views of the seasonal blooms.

Herb Garden

Take in the crisp scent of basil, rosemary, lemon balm, echinacea, lamb’s ear, bee balm and more on a refreshing stroll through our Herb Garden.

Serpentine Trail

Unusual for traditional gardening practices at the time, the Serpentine Trail provides a fun rambling path through the grounds.

Flowers & Rose Garden

Liberty Hall’s charming rose garden is home to a number of rare fragrant species that have bloomed for centuries. The garden erupts in a flurry of rich color annually. Visitors are transported to the time of the mansion’s last matriarch, Mary Alice Kean. Set your screens aside and stroll through a vibrant web of lilies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, oleander and greenhouse plants.