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Gardener's Stone Cottage at Skylands Manor, Ringwood State Park NJ by Jane Neill-Hancock

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When you drive through the gates of Skylands Manor and follow the drive to the parking lots, the first building you see ahead of you is this unique and stunning stone building. It is hard to believe it was built only to house the gardener’s tools. Seems a shame to me – it is stunning and gorgeous and I would be happy to LIVE in it.

Skylands [1,119 acres] also known as the New Jersey Botanical Garden, is a mansion and 96-acre 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 Tudor revival manor house (44 rooms). Mr. Pope’s other works include the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art. 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 of parkland.

My name is Jane. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and an admirer of the arts. Here on RB I share my photography, writing, collages and art, and host many groups. I hope you enjoy my work.

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  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 3 years ago

    Yep I could live here no problem! have a few bird feeders and watch the hummingbirds and tend to the grounds and enjoy each day given Jane! Beautiful image!

  • I told you Sam- it is gorgeous. the whole property is wonderful and the gardens are amazing. The main manor is something to see – the side facing the drive looks like a stone castle. Then the side and back look like English tudor! Inside a whole medieval room from a castle in Europe was taken apart and transported there – the pews and pipe organ and tapestries and molding – amazing. Eventually I will load more of my photos from Skylands…. Maybe someday you can come to NJ and visit it with me!

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Theodore Kemp
    Theodore Kempalmost 2 years ago

    reminded me of a the ’ hobbit ’ house !

  • yes I guess it does. I believe it was built in the 1920s so it had no reference to the movie – maybe the movie took a hint from this house and others like it? smiles…. thanks for looking and commenting Theodore.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Kerry Dunstone
    Kerry Dunstoneabout 1 year ago

    What a gorgeous spot, and beautifully captured!

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Patten11 months ago

    Beautiful location & capture.

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilva5 months ago

    Fabulous shot, Jane. Great architecture and love these old cottages.

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