Acer saccharum Sugar Maple at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (March 2018)
In This Issue

From the Executive Director


Dear Friends,

Once again, nature has spoken and the results are seen on every street in town. The Arboretum suffered damage to and loss of some very beautiful trees, with little damage to our structural property. But while the loss here is deeply felt, there's been profound devastation suffered by many of our tri-state neighbors. And as we all join in clean-up efforts, remember that in good times as in bad, nature rules. She is the great equalizer and we are her subjects.

RRA is about to receive the Good Neighbor Award from the Suburban Chamber of Commerce. We're truly pleased and honored by this. But the reality here is that Summit is filled with wonderful neighbors. We've especially seen and experienced such kindness and cooperation, through the inconveniences over these past few days, from the City of Summit (clean-up and plowing), from the Beacon Hill Club (for additional parking), and from St. John's Lutheran Church (who basically saved our trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show). As Shakespeare wrote, "One touch of nature and the whole world is kin."

New days and new growth will soon fill the joys of the coming months and we will once again share with you all the exquisite beauty of our magnificent grounds. Till then, patience is the pace of nature.

See you in the garden.....soon!

Frank Juliano signature 

Adult Programs

Put the 'Pub' in Public Garden:
Italian Wine Tasting & Nonna-Style Italian Hors D'Oeuvres
Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

Enjoy fine wines from Tenuta Torciano of San Gimignano, Italy! Sample select vintages, showcasing the range and styles from throughout Tuscany.  Grandma's sampling of Italian antipasti and hors d'oeuvres, prepared by Italian Nonna Rosaria Dalbis Vigorito, will be served.  And savor the award-winning Nicky Meatballs and tiramisu courtesy of Manhattan restaurateur, Nick Mormando.
Cost: Members $65; Non-Members $75 

Please click here to register.

Celebrate Nature: Yoga & Meditation
Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Gather your friends for a rejuvenating yoga and meditation session on the beautiful and peaceful grounds of the Arboretum.  Claire Diab, of the American Yoga Academy Studio, will demonstrate mantra meditation, breathing techniques, chakra toning, and six directions.  Ms. Diab is a world renowned yoga therapist, fitness specialist, health and wellness expert and inspirational speaker.

Cost: $15 donation for Members; $20 donation for Non-Members. Cash only.  

Registration is not required. Payment will be collected at the workshop as the event is weather-dependent.  

Please click here  for more information.

Please Stop Eating My Garden!
Saturday, March 17 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday, March 28 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Learn creative ways to protect your garden from foraging animals.  Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

The Garden Tourist
Monday, March 26 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Jana Milbocker, author of "The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast" will take us on a virtual tour of some of the best public gardens and specialty nurseries in the Northeast.  Enjoy lovely photos and learn about each garden's highlights, history and amenities.

Please click here to register.

New!  Spring Cleaning - What Your Mom Didn't Teach You
Tuesday, March 27 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Join Master Life Coach, Deborah Munies, and learn your must have steps to cleaning up your home and your life of unwanted clutter and chaos.

Please click here to register.

Children's Education Programs

Summer Camp 2018

We are thrilled to be working with BOLD ARTS again this summer to offer an exciting week of dance and art, which culminates with a performance created by the campers and instructors!  Please click here for more information on this camp and to see a video of BOLD ARTS programs in motion.

Please click here  for a complete listing of all summer camps.

Questions?  Please contact Jackie Kondel, Director of Education, at .

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

Our weekly drop-in program, Discovery Saturdays, celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a focus on clover!

Please click here for a listing of topics.

oaks and acorns
Oaks and 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 each week.  Sign up for one week or all 10!

Please click here for more information and to register!

Let's Get Growing - Sow and Sprout
(for children ages 5-10)
Saturday, March 17 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Get your hands dirty with this fun seed starting project!

Please click here to register!

Other News

Guided Garden Tours Return In April!

Is your garden club, organization, or senior group looking for a local day trip or nature outing?

Come visit the Arboretum and take a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable horticulturists or garden docents. Learn about the history of this beautiful estate and its historic gardens, tour the Wisner Art Gallery and enjoy a leisurely stroll among our spring blooming trees and flowers, including our famous daffodils!

Please contact Doreen Schindler at or call 908-273-8787 ext. 1010 for details and to book your tour.
Ground Force Volunteers

Ground Force Volunteers returned in March!

Spring is a great time to volunteer at the Arboretum. Please join us for Monday, Thursday or Saturday Ground Force sessions.

For dates, details and registration, please click here

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inspired by the natural world

Pen & Ink Drawings by Lynne Friedman

In Wisner House at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Through May 13

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


The Drying Art of Dish Towels

 Oil on Canvas and Board by Robert Bernstein

At the Hat Tavern in the Grand Summit Hotel

Artist reception on Thursday, March 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All are welcome!

Through May 2018

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:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily (through March)