|The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden,
Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ
The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden is one acre in size and contains more than 3,000 roses of 325 varieties. As an accredited
All-America Rose Selections (AARS) display garden, it is entitled to display AARS award-winning roses one year before their release to
the public. The garden was named in honor of Rudolf W. van der Goot, the first horticulturist with the Somerset County Park Commission,
as a tribute to his efforts in designing and developing the garden.
The purpose of the garden is enjoyment and public education. From late spring through fall, the roses present a kaleidoscope of color,
form, and fragrance. Visitors can view popular modern hybrids, species, and various classes of Old Garden Roses. All roses are clearly
labeled for easy identification and only roses that thrive in central NJ are kept in the garden.
The Rose Garden and surrounding Arboretum were part of the original Mettler Estate, which was once a working farm.
The Rose Garden is located at 156 Mettler's Rd. East Millstone, New Jersey 08873.
On June 7th, 2009, Nine members of Young at Heart met at the garden, some to enjoy the rose, photograph them, some to take notes of
the varieties for next acquisition or just to catch up with the old friends.
Just inside the gate, Rhododendrons and Mountain Laural are still blooming. This is a unusual color. I would like to have it blooming in
The rose garden was named after the first Horticulturist of the Somerset County Park system, Honoring his dedication. On the south side the first
section a stone bench was engraved in his memory.
After a walkway flanked with varieties of roses, there is a
gazebo for visitors to rest after their enjoyment of rose.
beyond that, a water pond growing pink lilies and goldfish
and koi, kept children entertained.
The Rose Garden and surrounding Arboretum were part
of the original Mettler Estate, which was once a working
farm. The first section of the garden was developed from
features of the Mettler's formal garden. The flagstone
walks and small stone pool are original to the estate.
Today this part of the garden features modern hybrid
roses, tree roses, and The Grandmother's Garden, a
section planted with roses popular before World War II.
The second section of the garden is framed by a trellis,
which supports a variety of climbing roses. The main
feature of this garden is the central walk, named in honor
of Millicent Fenwick, a New Jersey Congresswoman and
United States representative to the United Nations
Agencies for Food and Agriculture. The walk is planted
with polyanthas and along the garden's perimeter are Old
Garden Roses, which are regaining popularity with today's
Three varieties are from 19 century China, It is wonderful to see. The Chinese breeders produced the gene of continued blooming as a key
factor to the popularity of roses in the west.
Scentimental. Isn't it charming?
Johan Straus? Couldn't be more appropriate!
The third section of the garden is the sensory garden. It has Brialled labels, many are aroma plants and to touch plants, e.g. lavender,
mints, Chinese leek,etc. How nice that a blind person can enjoy the garden too. There are other perennials on the periphery of the
sensory plants. The bed is waist high, the Dutch style, is ideal for handicapped.
Foxglove, Digitalis sp., a medicinal plant. It's leave extract contains
digitoxin and digoxin that stimulate heart muscle, used to treat
A hardy iceplant.
Isn't it great what the sun dial says:
"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be"
Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa sp. 2000 Perennial Plant of the
Year. It blooms from June to frost.