The best things in life are free. Deep Cut Gardens [152 Red Hill Rd, Middletown, NJ 07748] is a treasure in New Jersey, an expansive and enchanting garden open to the public at no cost.
Paved paths pass pretty flowering trees and flowers, hiking trails meander through the woods.
The landscaping is simply masterful. There are collections of rose bushes and bonsai trees.
Formal gardens are meticulously maintained.
You’ll see shimmering koi in the pond,
and numerous bunnies, birds, and frogs.
The flowering bushes were aflame in springtime, but I’d imagine there is something that pops in every season at this garden.
To me, it’s all about the little details
and hidden paths.
Make sure to enter the greenhouse which has countless cacti, pitcher plants, and orchids.
Inside the visitor’s center there is a restroom, library, and play room for kids. Not far from the coast, this is a wonderful place to stop and take a break from the sand and surf of the Jersey Shore.