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Let's go to the Duke Farm in Hillsborough, NJ

The Duke Farms is a huge property and features diverse landscapes. They don't have any formal gardens to speak of. However they do have an Orchid Conservatory and several lawns have been converted to wildflower meadows.

Both the Wildflowers and Orchids should be in bloom at the time that we'll be there.

The Duke Farms is reasonably close and is about an hour's drive away from Ramsey.

The Gardens opens at 8:30 a.m. so I'd suggest we meetup at the Mahwah Sheraton at 7:00 a.m. and car pool to the gardens.

We should plan on photographing the wildflowers in the sweet morning light and when the light begins to turn harsh, we can go inside the conservatory and photograph the Orchids.

The Duke Farms seems like a perfect place for us to practice the macro techniques that we learned from Mike Moats and Roman K.

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  • Karin D.

    Duke Farm is one of New Jersey's hidden gems. I'm still wondering how 2,800 tract of land could be kept such a secret.

    June 26, 2013

  • Dana A.

    Great weather along with many new wildflowers that were not blooming just a few weeks ago, made for a great day.

    June 25, 2013

  • maureen k.

    Great place to wander for outdoor meadows, lake venues and solitude.

    June 23, 2013

  • Debra W.

    I have a scheduling conflict and I don't think I will be able to attend.

    June 21, 2013

  • Debra W.

    I have a scheduling conflict and I don't think I will be able to attend.

    June 21, 2013

  • mcambier

    I'll be meeting you at the visitors center. Looking forward to the event!

    June 21, 2013

  • Rich D.

    I was here last month with Loren Fisher's Somerset Photography group. The Barn has some old sculptures. Since the farm doesn't open until 8:30, go to the barn first for some shadow images. ND filters are helpful since the place has direct sun most of the time. Also, Sandy did a lot of damage to trees. Might be interesting macros there. Have fun! Rich Doerr, Raritan Photographic Society PS, cafeteria has good food and clean restrooms.

    June 21, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Forgot about a textile preservation workshop.

    June 21, 2013

  • Carole L.

    Sorry, I will not be able to attend, apparently I chose Mermaids over flowers. . .see you all on the next meetup!

    June 20, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    I will not be able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.
    Perhaps another time.
    Nancy

    June 20, 2013

  • Dana A.

    Looks like almost perfect weather for Saturday so we are definitely a go. As you arrive, please go ahead and visit the visitor's center to pick up a map. If you are interested, there is a short presentation offered in the center that provides some history about the property and the Dukes. We will meet in front around 8:15 or so. Just in case, my cell number is[masked]-4586. See you there. Dana

    June 20, 2013

  • Tracy

    I will meet you at the visitors center with my bicycle at 8am

    June 20, 2013

  • Ellen

    I am so sorry i will not be able to join you on Saturday...hopefully I will "meet up" with all of you soon!

    June 20, 2013

  • Robyn W.

    I will be driving there with Karin and we will see everyone there ... looking forward to this meet-up!

    June 19, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    OK, thanks Dana.

    June 18, 2013

  • Dana A.

    Keep in mind that if you ride along with someone, a gas donation of $10 would be a nice gesture.

    Thanks.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    I might meet you At the gardens. Where will you start the day?

    June 17, 2013

    • Dana A.

      At the visitor's center.

      June 18, 2013

  • Carole L.

    Is there anyone going from the Montclair area that I can carpool with?
    I am at the juncture of Rt. 46, GSP and Route 3. I could meet you nearby. . .

    June 17, 2013

  • Jia Han D.

    Coming from Parsippany, I will meet you there too. Is this the right address: 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844?

    June 17, 2013

  • Philip Z.

    Going during the week with my wife when less crowded. Great idea.

    June 16, 2013

  • Debbie

    Wonderful place, looking forward to getting help with macro shots. I will meet you there.
    Debbie

    June 16, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    I will try to attend. I will meet you at the gardens.

    June 15, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    I'd like to attend.
    Nancy

    May 26, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Nancy, don't see your name on the list of attendees. Did you sign up? Marty

      1 · June 9, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Nancy, You need to actually sign up and RSVP "yes". I'd do it for you but the system won't allow me to.

      June 9, 2013

  • Dana A.

    One more thing, least I scare folks that would simply prefer to walk, there is free tram service available that makes stops every 30 minutes around the property.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Dana A.

    Duke Farms now offers about 60 bikes free of charge on a first come, first served basis. I would highly recommend either using one of theirs or bringing your own since the property is so large. For those that are new to Duke, you should know that is is less about flowers (though they do have a nice orchid house) and more about landscapes, water features and wildlife (birds, insects and your typical critters). Bring sunblock and insect repellant. There is a small cafe on the property with hot and cold sandwiches, soup and salads. See you there

    Dana and Virginia

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Ellen

    Please let me know what time we will be meeting at Duke Farms. I live nearby and I will be meeting the group there. I look forward to meeting everyone!

    June 2, 2013

    • Dana A.

      We should be there around 8.

      June 2, 2013

  • Jay G.

    Given where I live, it's best I meet you at the location

    March 26, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Okay, we should arrive around 15 minutes before they open.

      March 26, 2013

  • Karin D.

    I'm also interested in carpooling.

    March 26, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Karin, It's a little too early to deal with car pooling. We'll deal with that 2 or 3 days before the event.

      March 26, 2013

  • Michael P.

    ....and what time would you expect to be back home?

    March 26, 2013

    • Martin J.

      Difficult to say but I'd guesstimate sometime in the early afternoon.

      March 26, 2013

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