Van Vleck House and Gardens Montclair NJ

What a beautiful time of year it is to visit the lovely gardens at the Van Vleck House and Gardens Montlair NJ. Located at 21 Van Vleck Street, the Van Vleck House and Gardens originated over 140 years ago. In 1968, Joseph Van Vleck Sr, a successful businessman, moved his family from Brooklyn NY to Montclair when he had a grand vision of building a country estate surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. That is what he did on the 12-acres that would come to be known as the Van Vleck House and Gardens.

Many homes have been on the grounds throughout the years, but the Van Vleck’s Italianate villa is the only home that remains. The heirs of the Van Vleck family gifted the house and grounds to the Montclair Foundation in 1993.

Over the past 20 years, the public has been able to enjoy the lovely, serene space offered by the Van Vleck House and Gardens thanks to the support of donors and volunteers. The gardens are open every day of the year from dawn until dusk. The house offers a center for non-profit groups to hold retreats, meetings, and fundraisers.

The Van Vleck House and Gardens is host to many events throughout the year. Maria from the Shannon Aronson team has attended a great Mother’s Day celebration there which included a quartet playing as guests picnic and stroll through the gardens. Maria says the Van Vleck House and Gardens is a wonderful place to picnic, walk the grounds, and take some pictures and the flowers are amazing!

Upcoming events include Fête des Fleurs on Thursday, May 11 from six until eight o’clock p.m., which allows guests premier access to choice blooms while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the garden. Over Mother’s Day weekend, enjoy the Van Vleck House & Gardens’ 14th Annual Plant Sale. The sale will be open to the public on Friday, May 12th, and will continue through Wednesday, May 17th. Click here for pricing info. and to learn more about the upcoming events at the Van Vleck House and Gardens.

These private gardens are open to the public, from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.  Visitors are welcome to enjoy all the garden spaces and are encouraged to join us for classes, concerts, and special events.

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