Garden Scavenger Hunt

Tree Trail #5

TGIFF! Thank Goodness It’s Fall Friday! Before the final leaves fall this autumn come explore the garden and visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s Tree Trail. Tree Trail #5 features some of the ornamental trees which add beauty to the historic garden during the different seasons including Snowbell and Tea Viburnum. Each tree trail explores three trees so by completing all five you will learn about fifteen beautiful trees that bring beauty to this garden in Morristown’s historic district.


Tree Trail #5 (PDF Document)

Before, during, or after your visit listen to a tree-inspired story!
Listen to Ken Robbin’s book Autumn Leaves.

Tree Trail #4

Watch the colors of autumn change in our historic garden. The colors are getting brighter, the air is getting crisper, and Tree Trail #4 is now available to help families locate and identify the beautiful trees at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum! This week’s Tree Trail highlights the native tree species Redbud and Dogwood and the tall and twisty Japanese Black Pine that towers over the garden.


Tree Trail #4 (PDF Document)

Enjoy these stories before, during, or after your visit to the garden:
Listen to Jerry Pallotta’s Who Will Plant a Tree?  

Have you seen Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert? Listen to the story here.

Tree Trail #3

Still searching for the perfect autumn leaf? Come relax in the historic garden at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, enjoy the beautiful colors of the fall season, and learn more about the trees on the tree trail with MHHM’s newest garden scavenger hunt! Listen to some tree-inspired stories before, during, or after your garden visit.


Tree Trail #3. (PDF Document)

Hear Lois Ehlert’s Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf read aloud.

Listen to Melanie Joyce’s Little Acorn read aloud.

Tree Trail #2

Many first time visitors to MHHM’s gardens share their surprise to discover our gardens tucked away in Morristown’s historic district and to find it open to the public. Especially during this time of year, as the trees’ leaves change color, it truly is a 2-acre hidden gem.


Explore Tree Trail #2, which highlights some of the majestic trees in Macculloch Hall Historic Museum’s gardens. (PDF Document)

Hear Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man read aloud and explore some extended activities.

Learn how to create art with autumn leaves.

Visit MHHM’s Tree Trail

Did you know that the fall is a good time of year to plant trees? Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the plant will have less stress and can develop healthier root systems. Elms, maples, lindens, and apple trees, as well as shrubs like lilacs and forsythia, can do well with a fall, rather than a spring, planting.

Visit the historic garden this October to see the varieties of trees in the Museum’s peaceful two-acre garden. Bring along the Tree Trail garden scavenger hunt and add to your knowledge of trees while enjoying the colors of the autumn leaves.


Tree Trail garden scavenger hunt. (PDF Document)

Read some advice for fall tree planting from the Arbor Day Foundation.  

Hear Loren Long’s story, Little Tree, read aloud.

Garden Scavenger Hunt #3

Turn a visit to MHHM’s historic garden into an adventure in nature when you bring Garden Scavenger Hunt #3 with you! This week, search through the 2-acre garden and listen for a blue jay or find the fascinating dragonfly. Maybe you will even catch a glimpse of the dragonfly flying backwards or busy at work looking for mosquitos to eat!

Hope to see you in the garden!


Garden Scavenger Hunt #3 (PDF Document)

Fern Friday: Garden Scavenger Hunt #2

Ferns are one of the oldest species of plants present in the world today. Some fern species date back to the Carboniferous period (359.2 to 299 million years ago) though some scientists believe them to be older! It’s estimated that there are 10,500 to 15,000 different species of ferns. New fern species continue to be discovered as scientists venture into previously unexplored tropical areas.

Ferns are most abundant in tropical areas, but they can be found almost anywhere. They grow best in shaded, damp areas with rich soil. Neochrome, which is a type of light sensor, allows ferns to move towards light sources and thrive in lowlight areas. Unlike other plants, which reproduce through flowers or seeds, ferns reproduce with spores. Sporangia on the fern’s leaves produce spores. When those spores are released, they fall to the ground and begin to grow.

The gardens at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum are home to a lot of ferns! You can stop by every day from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Make sure to bring along Garden Scavenger Hunt #2 to learn more about the different plants and other living things in the garden!

Want to know more about ferns? Look for Ferns by Allan Fowler and Fern Finder by Barbara Hallowell or visit The US Forest Service’s website.


Take along Garden Scavenger Hunt #2 on a trip to MHHM’s gardens for a fun family activity. (PDF Document)

Watch these videos to learn more about ferns:
Ferns- Creature Feature

Fern Facts

Get creative with Fern Coloring Pages from the US Forest Service.

Garden Scavenger Hunt #1

W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) purchased Macculloch Hall and its garden in 1949. W. Parsons Todd grew up in Morristown and was a student at the Morris Academy. He served as a mayor of Morristown and was active in philanthropy, donating land and serving in leadership roles in the community. As a result of his vision and preservation of Macculloch Hall as a museum and public garden, we are able to enjoy, learn, and relax in this peaceful place today and into the future.

MHHM is thankful to the members, past and present, of the Garden Club of Morristown who, for over sixty years, have supported MHHM with their time, talent, and resources. Take time to enjoy this “secret garden” tucked away in the historic district of Morristown, alone, with friends, or family.

Featured in Garden Scavenger Hunt #1 is the sundial, which has been in this garden since 1876.


Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet (PDF Document)