Hereford Inlet Garden

Perhaps one of Cape May County's best kept secrets (but not to gardeners!) is the perennial garden at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood.

The garden's worth a trip any time of the year but in June and July, the flowers are at their peak.

What to See

Hollyhocks of every color and hydrangeas of every shape jockey for attention from mid June to mid July.

Walk the narrow pathways through the half acre gardens and get up close to some of these gorgeous blooms. It's amazing that the flowers and shrubs thrive within just a few feet of the ocean. Less than 20 years ago, there were no flowers - just sand!

Wander around and get some new ideas for that garden back home. Or just drink in the beauty. Make sure you stroll through the herb garden. Also, follow the winding garden paths to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hereford Inlet overlook.

You might want to take a tour of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, while you're there!

Access, Parking, and Hours

Gardens are free and open to the public from 9AM-5PM. There's a $4 charge for Lighthouse tours ($1 for children.) The Hereford Lighthouse Garden is in the Anglesea area of North Wildwood, on Central Ave. near First Ave. Parking is on the street.

Directions: From Cape May, take the Garden State Parkway to exit four. Head into Wildwood and make a left on Atlantic Ave. Follow Atlantic to 1st Avenue. Left on 1st and right on Central Ave.

No public facilities.

Call (609) 522-4520 for more information.


Cape May County Nature Spots

The Meadows

Cape May Point State Park

Shell Bay Landing

Hereford Inlet Gardens

Cape May County Beach Walks

The Cove

Stone Harbor Point

Higbee in Winter

Sunset Beach

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge



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