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Address for GPS

34 Autumn Hill Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Parking is limited, we recommend carpooling when possible.

Dates & Times

The Display Gardens & Nursery are open annually for the Peony Bloom from the last Friday in April through the second Sunday in June. Dates for 2018 are April 27 - June 10. We open at 11am and close at 5pm every day including weekends.
Extended Hours for Friday Night Picnics 5-7pm. There are no picnics allowed during regular hours.

For information on the best time to visit see our Bloom Sequence section below. For regular updates on the progression of the bloom sign up for our Emails, and like our Facebook Page.

Admission

Admission is $10 per person per visit. Infants and children under 2 are free.

Purchase Peony Plants

We have fabulous peony plants for sale at the Gardens throughout the Peony Bloom. Come early for best selection. If you are coming to just purchase plants there is no admission fee. Those wishing to walk the gardens must pay admission regardless of purchase.

Directions

34 Autumn Hill Drive, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Parking is limited, we recommend carpooling when possible.

LOCAL DIRECTIONS: From the Bernardsville Train Station at the intersection of Highway 202 and Claremont Road, travel up Claremont for exactly one mile (staying straight at the forks in the road). Autumn Hill Drive is a small private road on the right resembling a driveway (look for our sign on the right just after the stone wall). Turn right up Autumn Hill Drive, travel to the end of the road. Peony's Envy is the last house/farm on the left. Parking is in the cul-de-sac.

FROM THE NORTH: Take southbound 287 to Exit 30B. Turn left on Highway 202 and travel 1.9 miles. Turn right on Claremont Road and continue as above.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take northbound 287 to Exit 30B. Turn left on Highway 202 and travel 1.9 miles. Turn right on Claremont Road and continue as above.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: NJ Transit trains can be taken from New York Penn Station to Bernardsville, NJ. This ride is typically about 90 minutes including an easy train transfer. Check the latest transit schedule for details. The Display Gardens are exactly one mile from the Bernardsville train station, you can walk or uber/lyft that mile.


 

GARDEN OVERVIEW

The Display Gardens are laid out over a 7-acre property with trails that meander throughout the peony collections. Four major types of peonies are highlighted in the garden: woodland, tree, herbaceous, and intersectional. 700 different cultivars and over 50,000 individual peony plants are featured. Each individual plant will bloom for 7-10 days. The Bloom begins in late April and ends in early June. See our Bloom Sequence section below for details on when to visit.

The Display Gardens are open annually for the bloom from the last Friday in April through the second Sunday in June.
Dates for 2018 are April 27 - June 10. We open at 11am and close at 5pm every day including weekends.
Extended Hours for Friday Night Picnics 5-7pm, $10 per person. Bring your dinner & enjoy the bloom!
There are no picnics allowed during regular hours.

Admission is $10 per person per visit. Infants and children under 2 are free.

DISPLAY GARDEN GUIDELINES

PATHS: Please stay on the paths at all times, even when capturing the perfect photo makes you want to step off. Only the main entrance to to Peony's Envy is paved. We apologize, the Garden paths are not well suited for strollers & wheelchairs.

PETS: Due to the delicate nature of the Gardens and sensitivities of other guests, we kindly ask that you leave your pets at home.

SMOKING: Peony's Envy is a smoke free facility, this includes the parking area.

PICNICS: Join us for Friday Night Picnics 5-7pm every Friday during the bloom, $10 per person. Bring your dinner, a blanket & enjoy the bloom! We ask that you not picnic during regular garden hours.

GARDEN CLUBS: The best time to come with larger groups is during the week when there are fewer people in the garden. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. Admission for garden clubs is the standard admission of $10 per person. All bus tours and large groups must contact Kathleen at peony@peonysenvy.com in advance. We are happy to help book special events for groups, please email peony@peonysenvy.com to set something up.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: See our section below or click this link.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 
 
 


 

BLOOM Update

We grow over 700 varieties of peonies in our Display Gardens. At any one time, some of these will have already bloomed, others will be in peak bloom, and still others will be in bud. We update this section of the website on a regular basis in the spring as the bloom progresses, so check back often and sign up for our Emails and like our Facebook Page.

BLOOM Sequence

The bloom sequence is as follows: woodland / tree / herbaceous / intersectional. Typically the peak tree peony bloom occurs around Mother's Day, the peak herbaceous peony bloom - the big show-stopper - around Memorial Day.

Due to variations in weather, the gardens can bloom a little bit earlier or a little bit later. The exact bloom times can vary. We recommend you sign up for our Emails and like our Facebook Page to track the Bloom. Visit often, walk the paths, and watch the Bloom unfold.

Click here to learn more about the Bloom Sequence.


 

EXTENDED HOURS FOR FRIDAY NIGHT PICNICS

Open 5-7pm for picnics in the garden - $10 per person.

No reservations are necessary. Our Friday Night Picnics are wonderful events. We have tables and chairs spread throughout the garden but they can fill up. We recommend you bring a picnic blanket and whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable.

Invite your friends, bring your dinner & enjoy the bloom!
There are no picnics allowed during regular hours.



 

Peony's Envy Display Gardens is a photographers paradise and shouldn't be missed.

All photographers must remain on the paths at all times - no exceptions. This is crucial to the health of the gardens.
No tripods or Professional Photography during regular business hours from 11-5pm

Amateur Photographers - NO TRIPODS

If you are coming with the express purpose to photograph the Gardens we ask that you come during our off peak hours - Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Regular admission of $10. You can also buy tickets during for our early morning photography sessions click here for Tickets.

Amateur Photographers - with TRIPODS

Tickets must be purchased in advance. $35 per person. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 6:30am-9:30am. A great way to take advantage of the early morning light. Due to our limited parking, cars must be out of the parking lot by 10am. Click here to order tickets.

PROFESSIONAL Photographers

Anyone wishing to sell their work commercially is considered a Professional Photographer. Professional Photographers must book their reservation directly with Kathleen. Email peony@peonysenvy.com. Include your phone number, the number of people in your crew, and preferred dates. Pricing is $250 per 2 hour session. This includes up to 4 people, each additional person is $25. Professional Photographers must provide a certificate of insurance.

Anyone wishing to take photos of people in the garden must follow the Professional Photographer guidelines above




 

Cut flowers are available for sale online & at our Display Gardens during the Peak Herbaceous Peony Bloom.
Please check back for more information as the season approaches.



 

Why not make the day of it? Here is a link to other local gardens, nearby hikes, restaurants & accommodations.





 

Peony's Envy PO Box 114 - 34 Autumn Hill Drive Bernardsville, NJ 07924 peony@peonysenvy.com