Shore Garden

Just steps from the ocean, pansies, impatiens, and dianthus thrive on the grounds around a historic lighthouse.

Laws of Attraction

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Laws of Attraction

Mexican sunflowers, monarda, and hollyhocks attract hummingbirds and butterflies. "This is why the New Jersey Audubon Society lists Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens on their Butterfly Map of Cape May County," Steve says.

Water Reflections

Water Reflections

A scalloped-edge birdbath surrounded by vibrant salvia blooms reflects the lighthouse gardens’ Victorian style

Connections

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Connections

A path bordered by rustling pampas grass, maiden grass, and spotted joe-pye weed connects the historic lighthouse to the ocean.

On the Fence

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On the Fence

Zinnias, sweet rocket, and veronica ramble along a picket fence.

From the Distance

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From the Distance

Near the water's edge, the tower comes into view behind a barrier wall of Japanese black pines.
 
 

Inspired Design

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Inspired Design

Paul J. Pelz, an architect known for designing the Library of Congress, conceived the Carpenter Gothic―style lighthouse.

For the Visitors

For the Visitors

In a dappled spot, hot-pink zinnias and the tropical-like foliage of Persian shield complement one another.

Garden Stalwart

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Garden Stalwart

"Those who know this plant refer to it as Persian sword or Persian shield, but its botanical name is strobilanthes," Steve says. "Its burgundy and silver colors make it a dramatic standout in the garden."

Scents of Place

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Scents of Place

A formal, Victorian-era design laid the foundation for the fragrant herb garden. A decorative urn and beds brim with lavender, rosemary, scented geraniums, and pineapple sage. Visitors delight in brushing up against orange mint, Russian sage, and lemon balm.


Sunless Splendour

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Sunless Splendour

"I wish we had a larger area for our shade garden," says Steve. "It surprises people when they see the number of plants and color found there."

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