Vigna caracalla Snail Vine at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (September 2017)

In This Issue

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The golden age of parks, nature, green space and sustainability is upon us.  Each season brings this realization closer to mind, and this is keenly felt here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.  Recently voted the "Best Garden in New Jersey" by readers of New Jersey Family Magazine, the excitement about the upcoming fall months and all that's in store dazzle the imagination and bear witness to this delightful designation.

The passionate and talented RRA team has prepared an autumn of great gardening workshops, a mind-bending trip to experience the magnificent Dale Chihuly sculptures aglow at NYBG, mission-driven art exhibitions and lectures, Celebrate Fall, and of course, our fall Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden hard cider event. 

Why not explore a public garden adventure and connect to your community?  Escape from the daily frenzy and imagine a world in which you feel fulfilled and inspired.  Yes, the golden age of parks is upon us.

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P.S. To celebrate being chosen the "Best Garden in New Jersey" by New Jersey Family Magazine, Reeves-Reed Arboretum will offer a 20% discount to all new Family Memberships.  Already a Family Member?  Renew in advance and we will add an additional 6 months to your renewal.  This offer is valid through December 31, 2017.  Please contact to obtain your promo code.

Adult Programs and Events

Square Foot Gardening for Adults:   Basics 101
Wednesday, September 13 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am or
Saturday, September 16 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cultivate your own beautiful vegetable garden. Learn the basics of this efficient, time saving, and productive gardening method.

Please click here to register.

Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden:
Hard Cider, the Original Jersey Drink
Friday, October 13 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Hard cider, the original Jersey beverage of choice and especially Newark cider (considered by George Washington to be the champagne of ciders in America), will be the offering at RRA's Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden Cider Tasting.

Jersey Cider Works, the home of Ironbound Hard Cider, will be on hand to offer samplings of their complex, interesting and truly delicious hard ciders crafted from 100% fresh-pressed local apples. Not quite dry, not quite sweet, with a viscosity, richness and complexity that rivals a wine, Ironbound Hard Cider, under the direction of "pommelier" Cameron Stark, is recreating a storied past, with hard cider being the fastest-growing sector of the liquor market.

Jersey Cider Works' partner, New Ark Farms (the name given Newark by its Pilgrim founders), will be providing a specialty menu created for and served at the tasting, under the direction of New Ark Farm's chef, Ben Walmer. 

Cost:  $50 for RRA members; $65 for Non-Members

For more information and to register, please click here .

Children's Programs

Oaks & Acorns
(for children ages 3-5 with an adult)
Wednesdays from 1 :00 pm to 2:00 pm
Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in this engaging weekly class.  Take nature walks, tell stories, and create a one-of-a-kind art project every week. This shared nature experience is one you both will treasure!  Register early since space is limited.
  • September 13 - Migrating Monarchs
  • September 20 - Super Seeds
  • September 27 - Animals on the Move
For more information and to register, please click here  

Nocturnal Neighbors
(for families with children ages 5 and up)
Friday, September 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This Friday's Nocturnal Neighbors will feature an animal also known as the Tiger in the Sky.  What makes this animal so fierce?  Sign up and you will find out!

Explore the Arboretum at night and enjoy stories and s'mores by the campfire.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Please click here  to register.

Let's Get Growing for Kids!
(for children ages 5 to 12)
Saturdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am

The end of summer doesn't mean the end of the growing season!  Upcoming classes include:

  • September 16 - Let's Plant a Rainbow Garden

  • October 14 - Garden Scavenger Hunt
  • November 4 - Garden Crafts and Treats  
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Wellness Programs 
(for boys and girls ages 8 to 12)

Discovery Saturdays
Most Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Our weekly drop-in program, Discovery Saturdays, continues this Saturday with a focus on our wonderful state!  Please note that Discovery Saturdays is also offered in Spanish.  

Please click here  for a listing of topics.

Volunteers and Other News

The "Goatel" is Reopening!

Our grazing friends from Green-Goats in Rhinebeck, NY will be back at the Arboretum helping us clear away a year's worth of wildflower growth, invasive vines and weeds. This environmentally friendly vegetation removal will allow for the annual restoration and replanting of the Daffodil Bowl with bulbs for a spectacular spring.
This "Green Goat" initiative would not be possible without your help! For $25, you can sponsor a goat and receive your very own official certificate of 'Good Goatsmanship'.  Please click here to sponsor a goat or two!
The goats will be here in mid-October and will be our "Featured Guests" at Celebrate Fall on Sunday, October 22 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please stop by for a visit!

big changes ahead
September is Build It Month!
Parking Lot Closed for 'Innovation'

Construction on Phase One of our Accessibility Project is underway.  Occasionally you may find the Arboretum parking lot closed and you must park on the street.  Please forgive this temporary inconvenience.  

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 
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

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


 Original artwork inspired and created by master puppeteers, 
Craig Marin and Olga Felgemacher, better known as FLEXITOON

At the Hat Tavern in the Grand Summit Hotel

through October 30.

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey  07901



Office Hours:  10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday

Grounds open:  7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily (through October)