Flower Power: Visiting Gardens in Montclair, NJ

Back in May I had an opportunity to make a day trip to Montclair, NJ to visit two sites which feature beautiful collections of flowers and other plants. I was originally going to post a few pictures from my trip back in May and I started composing this blog post back then, but I never made final choices among all the pictures I took and I just let the post sit in Draft status for the past few months. Anyway, just decided to select a few pictures a liked and finish this post up. I really did enjoy this trip. I lived in Montclair at different points in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but it had been long time since I visited the Gardens at Mountainside Park.

First stop was at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens at Mountainside Park. The Irises are in bloom from May 15th to June 5th, so late May is an ideal time to visit. I would highly recommend a visit to Mountainside Park at that time of the year if you want view the Irises

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

If you would like to learn more information about the Presby Gardens please click the link below:


I took quite a few pictures at Mountainside. Here a few of my favorites…..

Pres Gardens Irises


PG Bed 10 HOF

Next stop was the Van Vleck House and Gardens, which is located about two miles down the road from Mountainside Park. Just travel south on Upper Mountain Avenue, until you hit Van Vleck Street. Then you just make a left and the entrance to the Van Vleck estate’s parking lot on the right


VV House FR view

VVHG Tennis Court garden

VV Portico

VV House Flowers

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