Delphiniums at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (June 2017)
In This Issue

Letter from the Executive Director

Bob and Mary McCurdy at the dedication of the Stackhouse Education Center (May 2016)
Robert McCurdy III 

Dear Friends,

Life is about chapters. About five years ago, a wonderful man from an even more wonderful family came into my life here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. His name: Bob McCurdy. During our first meeting, we chatted for probably two hours, sharing personal stories about our families, our dreams, our philosophies on life, and punctuating each story with laughter. Afterward, I walked him to his car and we hugged goodbye, and I immediately knew I had a new friend. Over the years, we've seen each other at least once a year or so, on his visits back to Summit from South Carolina. And again, laughter and stories were on the agenda for each visit.

Bob was also a trustee for the Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation, a long-time supporter of the Arboretum. In fact, our education building is named the Stackhouse.  Bob's belief in our mission, his love for the environment, and his positive spirit greatly enhanced our work as well as our goals for the future.

Sadly, Bob passed away recently and although this chapter of our relationship with him has ended, in the final analysis, it is love, respect, and our enduring friendships that determine our true strength.   Bob knew this, and with his help, I grew to know this as well. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff of Reeves-Reed Arboretum, we celebrate our dear friend, Bob McCurdy.

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Adult Programs and Events

NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble: INKUBATE® 
Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 pm

The second INKUBATE® dance concert at Reeves-Reed Arboretum will showcase a very special full-length piece created for the summer series, featuring 25 dancers from Israel, Canada, and the US, and choreographed by Juilliard graduate and master choreographer, Adam Barruch.

The Arboretum opens at 6:00 pm for concertgoers to picnic.  The performance is from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  

Cost:  Free to RRA members; $10 for Non-Members ($5 for students)

For more information and to register, please click here.

Square Foot Gardening for Adults
Strategies for Controlling Garden Pests
Tuesday, July 11 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am or
Saturday, July 15 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Are bothersome insects overtaking your vegetable garden?  Learn how to control these pests organically!

Please click here to register.

Children's Programs

Summer Camp 2017
We are well into the swing of camp and by the looks on the kids' faces, I would say everyone seems to be having lots of fun!  We have some great topics in the coming weeks so be sure to click here   to see what we have to offer and to register.

Let's Get Growing for Kids!
Square Foot Garden Basics --
Zip, Zap, Bing!
(for children ages 5 to 12)
Wednesday, July 12 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Learn this simple and fun method of gardening to create a productive and beautiful garden.

Please click here to register.

The ART in the Garden Auction Countdown

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There are three gala auction items still available for you to purchase.  Don't miss this opportunity.

Intimate Indian Banquet
Enjoy being treated royally to a one-of-a-kind Indian banquet for 8, incorporating local and sustainable ingredients, and prepared by chef and cookbook author May Fridel.  Dinner includes wine.  This package, originally offered at a starting bid of $1,600, can now be yours for the price of $800!

Private Soirée
A sophisticated soirée for 12, either at Reeves-Reed Arboretum or your own home, with catering, servers, and bartenders provided by David Ellis Events (the premier caterer for ART in the Garden).  This package includes wine (donated by oenophile Maria Zazzera) and music by Steve Teti.
This package sold at auction for $5,500.  Thanks to David Ellis Events, we can now offer a second soirée for the matching price.

Moments of Grace
Capture your family's perfect, spontaneous moments, and create great art, with a portrait session with internationally known fine art and portrait artist Ben Larrabee.   Thanks to Ben, we can offer one more session at the matching price of $3,500.
Now is the time to quell your FOMO.  Please contact Tom Tagariello, RRA's Manager of Special Events, to make your purchase (; 908-273-8787 ext. 1414)

Volunteers and Other News

Volunteer Spotlight:
Francesca Jones, Education Intern

Francesca just graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and worked with the Children's Education Department this past month for her Senior Project.  She was involved in many aspects of our busy late spring/early summer season, including preparation of camp crafts and activities. Her last week included hands-on experience as an Environmental Educator as she assisted with the first week of Elephant Tree Nature Camp.  Of her time here, she says, "I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have experienced my senior project at the Arboretum. Through this opportunity, thanks to my mentors, Jackie and Lisa, I have learned so much about nature, education, and about myself."
Francesca heads to Muhlenberg College in the Fall. We wish her all the best!

Ground Force Volunteers

This is a great time to volunteer at the Arboretum!  Join us for a Thursday and/or Saturday Ground Force session!

For dates, details and registration, please click here.

Garden Tours 
Garden Tours have started!   Free Saturday garden tours for individuals are offered at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Please click here for more information.

For guided group tours, schedule your group's guided garden tour now for best availability.  Please click here for details, and contact Doreen Schindler at  or 908-273-8787 ext. 1010 for a reservation.

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wood wide web: trees as tonic

Nature-themed photographs and installation sculptures from 11 artists from as nearby as Summit to as far away as Europe.

Featuring works by Susan Stair, Joe Freeman Jr., Sunil Garg, Peter Hoffer, Tom Holmes, Insun Kim, Rodrigo Guzman S., Jim Smith, Charlie Waite, and Sue Zwick. 

In Wisner House and the RRA Grounds
through October 29

Artists Reception is tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 28 
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


Su-Hua Chen Low
Fractured Symphony

Music and visual arts go hand in hand as evidenced by the masterful painting constructions by artist Su-Hua Chen Low. 

At the Hat Tavern in the Grand Summit Hotel
through July 10

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


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