Sayen House & Gardens


Frederick Sayen was an avid gardener and world traveler. In 1912 he purchased a 30-acre parcel of land not far from the family rubber mill in Hamilton Square, NJ. He built a bungalow-style home and surrounded it with plants and flowers acquired while he traveled the world. His collection includes species from China, Japan, and England, many of which are still flourishing today. According to Sayen Garden's horticulturist, there are more than 1,000 azaleas and nearly 500 rhododendrons thriving under the vigilant care of the dedicated Sayen Gardens groundskeepers. Spring unveils a magnificent display of color and beauty with more than 250,000 flowering bulbs, as well as dogwoods, heirloom azaleas, and rhododendrons. Mother's Day marks the garden's annual Azalea Festival. Throughout the year annual and perennial displays fill the gardens with splendor, highlighting the many walking trails, fish ponds, and gazebos that permeate the grounds.

Along with this breathtaking scenery as nature's perfect background, Sayen Gardens is available for a variety of functions and gatherings, including wedding receptions, bar and bat mitzvahs, private parties, holiday parties, showers, and business meetings and luncheons. Outside ceremonies may be arranged with special permission. The house can accommodate up to 98 guests. We have 3 catering companies available to accommodate the most discriminating palate.

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  • Free admittance - open every day (dawn to dusk)
  • Dogs are permitted in the park on a leash (owners are expected to curb pets). Dogs are not permitted inside the Sayen House unless it is a certified service dog.
  • Bicyclists traveling with caution are permitted

Situated in historic Hamilton Square, Sayen Gardens provides a welcome sanctuary for nature lovers, garden enthusiasts, and history buffs alike.

In addition to the beautiful flowers, Sayen Gardens is home to birds and wildlife that enjoy the park's tree-filled, wooded lands surrounding the many walking trails, rolling fields, streams, and fish ponds.  

Wildlife Data