The Van Vleck wisteria bloom is gone this year! Come visit the gardens today to see plenty of our other spring wonders!

Hartley (Lee) Dodge Bingham, one of our dearest friends, passed away on April 21, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells, N.J.

Memorial donations in Lee’s memory may be made to Van Vleck House & Gardens at the link below or with a check made out to The Montclair Foundation.
Memorial Donation


Formerly a private estate, Van Vleck House & Gardens is owned by The Montclair Foundation. These private gardens are open to the public daily free of charge.


Van Vleck House and Gardens is a nonprofit committed to the historic preservation of its early 20th century house, an exemplar of classical Mediterranean Revival architecture, and its diverse gardens, for the education, cultural enrichment and enjoyment of the community.


Three generations of the Van Vleck family lived on the property and developed the gardens for over 130 years. The gardens showcase a strong representation of ericaceous plants, with unusual cultivars of rhododendrons and azaleas. The main house that now graces the Van Vleck grounds was designed and built in 1916

We look forward to welcoming your wedding party or family to a private photography shoot here at Van Vleck House & Gardens.
In preparation for your visit, please contact us to check availability, complete the application, and note the guidelines and fees that will apply to your shoot.

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We are counting on you! Please join us in creating the Van Vleck of the Future

Your gift will help make this extraordinary property an enduring resource for our community and future generations.

The Gardens are open to the public year-round,  free of charge.
Come experience this most precious gift!