Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center – Gardens

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center – Gardens

170 Longview Road
Chester Township, NJ 07931

170 Longview Road
Chester Township, NJ 07931

T: (973) 326 - 7600

M-F: 8am to sunset
Sat-Sun: 8am to sunset


The designed landscape of this historic garden offers a beautiful setting for small ceremonies and photography sessions with a multitude of areas to choose from. On a pastoral 687 acres sits the former home of landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson, circa 1911 to 1959. The gardens showcase Mrs. Hutcheson’s design philosophy and features formal vistas, the enhancement of natural topography, the use of plants linking garden ‘rooms,’ the use of water as a design element, and the use of native materials. Restored to their 1945 appearance, the gardens offer lush green spaces that are the perfect backdrop special occasion photography and small ceremonies.

For more information or to reserve space in the gardens and grounds at Bamboo Brook, please fill out the Horticultural Site event form and someone from the Horticultural Reservation office will contact you. Requests will be handled in the order that they are received and by date requested.


  • 30 people per permit


Included in your rental:

  • Use of gardens for photography or small ceremony rental
  • Standing room only with no props or chairs permitted
  • The Park has 1 public restroom

Rental Rates

  • Non-profit/Non-Corporate Use
    • $150/hr resident
    • $200/hr non-resident
  • Corporate Use
    • $225/hr resident
    • $300/hr non-resident

Bookings for the Gardens require at least 4 weeks advance reservation.
Gardens are only reservable during normal park operating hours: 8am – sunset daily.

Rental fee and completed reservation form is due upon receipt of your invoice to secure reservation.


Responsibilities and Acknowledgments

  • Only the area listed on the permit may be utilized by the renter and only between the times listed.
  • Renters must have a copy of their permit with them during the rental period.
  • The area must be left in the condition it was found. Do not throw silk petals, rice, confetti or bird seed.
  • Props and chairs are not permitted
  • Drones and balloons are not allowed.
  • Vehicle parking along service roads is prohibited. Parking permitted in designated areas only.
  • The park is carry-in/carry-out with no trash service.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • No garden furniture, plant, rock, animal, or other part of the arboretum may be moved or removed from the premises.
  • No picking, cutting, or damaging of plant materials.
  • Permits are non-transferable from one event to another in whole or in part.
  • Permit expiration time is on the permit. A penalty of double the applicable reservation hourly rate will be assessed for failure to leave on time, as specified on the permit.

Vendor Information

Any vendor performing work on-site as a service to a renter must fill out and a vendor application and provide all the insurance requirements as listed on that application. Vendors include rental company, photographers, caterers, wedding planner, musicians, etc.


The core gardens at Bamboo Brook are made of 5 distinct areas.

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