Willowwood Arboretum – Reservable Tent Area

Willowwood Arboretum – Reservable Tent Area

300 Longview Road
Chester Township, NJ 07931

300 Longview Road
Chester Township, NJ 07931

T: (973) 326 - 7601

M-F: 8 AM to Sunset
Sat-Sun: 8 AM-Sunset


A picturesque country estate with whimsical meadows and lavish gardens is a beautiful setting for your next special event. A historic farm set among field and forest, Willowwood Arboretum is home to over 3,500 species of native and exotic plants. Guests will marvel at this exquisite site as they stroll through paths on this secluded property once known as Paradise Farm. Tent events can be held from May through October with 2 location options to choose from based on the size of your celebration.

For more information or to reserve this location, 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.


  • 150 people, tent size: 50’ x 60’
  • 250 people, tent size: 60’ x 100’ in the overflow lawn only


Included in your rental:

  • Use of the park for a one-day event.
  • The one-day event includes:
    • one hour for a ceremony with chairs in a garden, one hour for a cocktail reception in a garden, five-hour reception under a tent.
  • The reservation is for the site only. It does not include the caterer, bartender, photographer, tent, tables, or chairs.
  • Includes 1 dedicated portable flush toilet with sink. Park also has 1 public restroom.

Rental Rates

  • 1-day event – $4,500
  • Refundable security deposit – $1,000

Bookings for tented events require at least 8 weeks advance reservation.

50% of the rental fee and the applicable refundable security deposit is due upon receipt of your invoice to secure the reservation. The balance of the rental fee along with other applicable fee(s) will be due 30 days prior to your scheduled event.

The refundable security deposit will be returned after the event if all conditions of the permit are met and there is no damage to the facility or property.

Requests will be handled in the order that they are received and by date requested.


Responsibilities and Acknowledgments

  • Tent events must end by 11pm.
  • Only the area listed on the permit may be utilized by the renter and only between the times listed.
  • Intended and expected number of guests/attendees are not to exceed the amount set by the Fire Marshal.
  • Vehicle parking along service roads is prohibited. Parking permitted in designated areas only.
  • The park is carry-in/carry-out with no trash service.
  • The area must be left in the condition it was found. Please do not throw silk petals, rice, confetti, or bird seed.
  • Drones and balloons are not allowed.
  • 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.
  • The use of open-flame decorative devices is not permitted without the approval of the Morris County Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Where solid alcohol fuel food warmers are used on top of a serving table, paper or plastic table coverings are not permitted. A flame-resistant tablecloth that covers the entire tabletop shall be used.
  • Table decorations must be flame resistant. Combustible material such as plates, napkins, plastic utensils, cups and similar products shall be separated by a minimum of three (3) feet from the food warmers.
  • 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.
  • The Morris County Park Commission employee assigned to your event is there to assist and should have your full cooperation.
  • The County of Morris regulations prohibit employees from accepting gratuities. Donations may be made to The Park Alliance.

Vendor Information

Any vendor performing work on-site as a service to a renter must fill out a vendor application and provide all the insurance requirements as listed on that application.

Vendors include rental companies, photographers, caterers, wedding planners, musicians, etc.