It is adorned with the beauty of Dukem Farms, Buccal oasis – the best of Jersey

Two paths in the woods are different and I –

I took my little trip

This has changed everything.

While these quotes from Robert Frost’s famous “Unpaved Road” poem may be true in most cases, it is clear that Frost never made it to Hillsborough, if he had done NJ, he would have known the world Each The road is relatively short – and all of them They make all the difference.

Take, for example, the following two options: one of the glass-covered and more than 1,000 colorful orchid flowers – pink, purple, red, yellow and orange – leads you to the exploding forest. Or, you can follow the past and follow the arch of the Red Cross to the Meditation Garden, with twisted trees, a screaming river and calm statues. But, before you get there, you will have a third option: higher stone arches that will take you to another realm with more opportunities.

What are you doing? You do not have to choose one over the other. In Duke farms everyone is waiting for a search.

A bridge leading to the Mediation Garden at Dukem Farms. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media.

Although it is found in the land of myths, Duke farms are a very real place, although some call it “Central New Jersey.” The 2,700-acre-acre oasis in Somerset County was once privately owned by tobacco nobles James Buchanan Duke (by the name of Duke University), who acquired the property in the late 1800s in the United States of Gilead. A.D.

Doris has set the site as a model for conservation, sustainability, and horticulture. Even after her passing, her love for the environment, from beautiful orchids to soil, water quality, and wildlife research, to the site’s enduring history, is in full swing.

“It all started with the Orientation Center,” said William Wilson, public relations manager at Dukem Farm. “The first thing you do when you take it out is to see this refurbished barn that we are using. This is where you start your journey to the LEED Platinum Orientation Center, which was built around a historic grass and horse barn. Everyone will park on the side of the property, and you will immediately understand the story.

The Farm Barn Orientation Center includes a lobby, café, interpretation gallery with educational exhibition and room. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media.

As you walk along the 18-mile smooth path, these past windows will rise on all lanes. Those high stone arches I mentioned? A.D. It was part of the former High Barn, which was converted into an outdoor sculpture gallery in the wake of the 1915 fire. Continue your walk and pass through the unique Coach Bar. Other buildings scattered throughout the farm.

Perhaps the most striking example is the ruins of the Old Foundation. When construction began in the early 1900s, the mysterious housing project contained many promises. The attractive 78-room French Chateau has a beautiful landscape. But for no apparent reason, James Duke soon stopped construction work and eventually abandoned it altogether. Visitors can see the rotten remains from a safe distance and there is a remarkable ecological change in the nearby Great Plains, where species of birds on the grass are now endangered.

A partial view of the Old Foundation on Dukem Farms. The foundation was laid in 1911 as part of a large housing estate but suddenly stopped for no apparent reason. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media.

Nature connects history in more than one way. There are nine man-made lakes for beginners, waterfalls and a variety of wildlife, from osprey to wood duck to the finest blue herons. The Great Falls – the ancestral home of all fours – is a steep structure next to the Dukem Reservoir.

Of course, there is also the beauty of the rainbow in the Orchid region, where tropical and subtropical areas are mainly native to the United States. Not just on the views here; On the inside, you will notice the sweet aroma of the herbs entering your nose in the hot air. “If the sky smelled, this would be it.”

The palm-tree orchid region of Dukem is home to 1,300 species of orchids. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media.

Then, there is the meditation paradise. Once you cross that red pedestrian bridge, Asian-style gardens blend in with the water features and forests, creating a quiet beauty that allows you to connect deeper with nature, and another world welcomes you. “The Meditation Garden is a beautiful place,” said Margaret Waldock, director of Duke Farm. “It is a little quieter because it is farther away from the main entrance. If you go out there, you will see some of the most important trees in the world, big and old, and it is a beautiful place out of the ordinary. ”

While the distance is a bit daunting, Duke farms are a great addition to other public places. No cars are allowed on the farm, so visitors can ride on two wheels without having to worry about any vehicles. Either bring your own or use the Bachelor program. (Click here for more information about the program.)

Roads in Dukem Farms are ideal for pedestrians, runners and cyclists. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media.

Duke Farms prides itself on comprehensive educational programs and services that enable visitors to become more involved in environmental protection efforts. Planting plants, fodder, community gardening, even an award-winning cafe, there are endless opportunities to learn here.

“We have a garden fresh cafe with a farm-to-table menu, and all the menu items are from our own property or from local and regional farms because we really want the consumer to understand the relationship between the environment and the environment.” We have pop-up participating tents in the park, and that really attracts children and adults. There are many ways for people to come here and participate.

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As you experience the peace and loneliness of this wonderful place, do not forget that only you can find it… Just in Jersey.

Address 1112 Ducks Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Hunter Halbert is just in Jersey. He is the author of The Best of Jersey Magazine. Do you have a comment for a story? Contact him at hhulbert@njadvancemedia.com. Click here to read more.

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