Laurelwood Arboretum

275 Pine Lake Drive, Wayne Township, Passaic County, New Jersey

30 acres


US 287 north; get off at exit 53; turn right onto Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike;  just after the road crosses over the Ramapo River, turn left onto Terhune Drive; drive 0.2 of a mile and turn right onto Colfax Road; drive 0.4 of a mile and turn left onto Vale Road; turn right onto Pines Lake Drive; drive about 0.3 of a mile and turn right into the  entrance on the right


5/23/05.  Cefe Santana and I did not tour the arboretum. 


1930s  --  John & Dorothy Knippenberg purchased the property. They established a nursery and their rhododendrons were renowned.

1993  --  the Knippenbergs upgraded the nursery to become a public garden.

1996  --  the Arboretum became part of the Wayne park system. 

Dorothy Knippenberg still works everyday on the gardens. 

On the Hagstrom Map they have the park labeled as the Charles A. Kurzius Memorial Park. 


There are over 500 varieties of shrubs and trees.

Cornus spp.  (dogwood)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex spp. (holly)
Rhododendron spp. (rhododendrons and azaleas) 

Aster spp. (aster)
Colchicum sp. (colchicum)
Crocus sp. (crocus)
Galanthus nevale (snow drops) 
Hemerocallis spp. (day lily) 
Narcissus sp. (daffodil)