Skylands

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For information about Skylands an estate in Seal Harbour, Maine, see Martha Stewart.
Skylands
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Skylands manor
Skylands is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Skylands
Location Ringwood State Park, Ringwood, New Jersey
Coordinates 41°7′30″N 74°14′14″W / 41.12500°N 74.23722°W / 41.12500; -74.23722Coordinates: 41°7′30″N 74°14′14″W / 41.12500°N 74.23722°W / 41.12500; -74.23722
Area 96 acres (39 ha)
Built 1922
Architect John Russell Pope
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 90001438[1]
NJRHP # 2405
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 28, 1990
Designated NJRHP February 28, 1990

Skylands 1,119 acres (4.5 km²), also known as the New Jersey Botanical Garden, is a mansion and 96-acre (390,000 m2) botanical garden in Ringwood State Park in the borough of Ringwood, located within the Ramapo Mountains in Passaic County in the state of New Jersey, United States. Its formal gardens are open to the public year round.

The house and gardens, including formal gardens and specimen plantings, were built in the 1920s by Clarence MacKenzie Lewis, a New York City stockbroker and civil engineer. Lewis hired architect John Russell Pope to design the 44-room Tudor revival manor house. The manor is a reproduction English mansion featuring rectangular, bay and oriel windows. A nine-hole golf course once graced this property.

In 1966 the entire estate was bought by the State of New Jersey to form a State Botanical Garden whose settings include a Lilac Garden, Magnolia Walk, the Wild Flower Garden, the Crab Apple Vista, an allée of 166 trees extending almost a half-mile, and the Perennial Garden. The entire section now comprises slightly over 4,000 acres (16 km²) of parkland.

The Winter Garden includes New Jersey's largest Jeffery pine (Pinus jeffreyi). Its east side features a weeping beech beside a century-old upright beech, as well as a Japanese umbrella pine. Other interesting non-native trees include an Algerian fir (Abies numidica) and Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica).

The State Botanical Garden at Skylands
An Outbuilding at Skylands Manor
Eagle from Pennsylvania Station (1910–1963) now at Skylands[2]

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