United States of America, New Jersey, Somerset County, Bedminster
Cedar Ridge Farm (Bedminster, New Jersey)
Hay is still grown at Cedar Ridge Farm within its 27.9 acres but the outbuildings have been repurposed and most of the 268 acre working farm that was the summer home for the owner's grandparents has been sold. The property was once part of a 500 acre gentleman's farm that was a retreat from New York City, but its history can be traced back to colonial times. The fruit orchards, ornamental beds and foundation plantings around the various buildings were laid out by the current owners starting in 1996, whose first tasks were weeding, pruning and clearing out overgrowth from neglected gardens. A perennial and shrub garden next to the old pump house includes Siberian and bearded iris, viburnum, peonies, roses, boxwood, ferns, astilbe, hostas and spreading geraniums. Fruit trees including pears, plums and peaches grow in a nearby orchard and apple trees line the driveway. Closer to the Colonial style farmhouse an herb bed surrounds the well house, with boxwoods and miniature alpine spruce defining the space and adding winter interest. The former bunk house for summer farm workers has a wisteria vine supported by iron brackets under the roof and foundation plantings of boxwood and perennials.
Antique iron outdoor furniture and Victorian trellises are features along with a stone water trough for the pets. A shade garden next to the original part of the farmhouse was planted beneath old cedar trees and lilac and has vintage Japanese garden ornaments among various ferns, hostas, wild ginger and rhododendron, creating a quiet and cool space for hanging the hammock in summer.
Persons associated with the garden include: William Sloan (former owner, circa 1776); Salome Lampheur (former owner, 1893-1915); Richard and Gertrude Whitney (former owners, 1915-1935); Martin and Edith Grunwald (former owners, 1935 and 1941-1946); Carl and Adele Sollmann (1945-1996); James and Kyle Dempsy (landscape designers, 1997-1998).
The folder includes worksheets, other images and photocopies of historical information.