The Montclair Foundation/Van Vleck House & Gardens

Rules and Regulations


Van Vleck House & Gardens is a private estate owned by The Montclair Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization.

The grounds are open year-round to the public from 9am until 4pm (November – April), or 9am until 6pm (May- October). Please check our website homepage for more information on closures/access during fundraising events.

All visitors are required to follow our rules and regulations:

  • Pets are not allowed on the property at any time.
  • Please stay on the pathways and grass, and leave all plants, flowers, and natural objects as you found them, and please do not feed the wildlife.
  • Please refrain from riding bicycles on the grounds. For the safety of our visitors, please walk bicycles through the property, or park in the bike rack adjacent to the main house.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult (within view) at all times. Climbing on trees or structures is not permitted.
  • Limousines, vans and trolleys are not permitted on the property.
  • No smoking or using alcoholic beverages. Please remove all your trash when you leave.

Professional photography requires pre-registration permits and photoshoot reservations. Please note that there are fees to use the Van Vleck Gardens as the location for any type of professional photography. No drone photography is permitted.

Organized gatherings are only allowed with written approval, which must be obtained by writing to

Please be courteous and respect our neighbors, other visitors, and any wildlife you encounter here.  Our gardens are for everyone’s enjoyment.

The Montclair Foundation has awarded $42,000 in grants to seven nonprofits that serve the Montclair community and beyond. The Montclair Foundation nurtures growth in our community through support and grant giving to local nonprofits and the preservation of the historic Van Vleck House & Gardens. Grants are awarded twice annually

The late June Tennis Court Garden is awash with colors!  Blooms to look for are Iris ensata, Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’ (daylilly,) Astilbe, and Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ among many others.  Click the button below for this week’s Bloom List.



UPDATE!! Due to saturated conditions and the possibility of a storm during our scheduled screening time, we are moving our free outdoor screening of
When Harry Met Sally to Sunday evening July 9th.

Apologies for the change and see you Sunday!

Pre-show live music by Big Mamou beginning at 8:00 pm. Film at dusk ~8:45 pm.

Fall In Love With Film

Bring chairs and blankets, along with a picnic and settle on a spot in the Formal Garden to enjoy this special concert!  Gates will open at 4:30 pm.

Weather permitting, this show will be outdoors in the garden of the Van Vleck estate.  In the case of inclement weather the show will be held indoors (capacity 95).

Please check the Outpost in the Burbs’ Facebook page or website,, the day of the show to learn if the show will be held indoors or outside.

Tickets may be purchased through Outpost in the Burbs


We still have lots of plants to choose from as well as beautiful planters from Matthew Frankel and gifts at the Parcel pop up shop. Stop by today and purchase your Mother’s Day gifts. We are open until 4 pm.

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Fête des Fleurs Sponsor – $1,000

As a Sponsor you will receive 4 tickets to the Cocktail Party and $150 to spend on plants during the Preview Sale on Thursday night.

Your generous contribution as a Fête des Fleurs Sponsor supports the many educational and cultural programs offered at Van Vleck, and helps keep these gardens beautiful, tranquil, and open year round to the public.

Click the Plant Sale 2017 Logo for the Online Ticket Form