Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart) in our gardens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (May 2019)
In This Issue
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

The invitations are out, the gala committee and the RRA team are hard at work securing fabulous auction items, and our gardeners are planning a fantastic entrance gate display to welcome guests and honorees to this most festive of all fundraisers, ART in the GardenĀ®.

Now we look to you. Julia Child said "a party without cake is a meeting."  Well, to take it one step further, " a party without you ......!" 
Please come celebrate with us when we honor The Summit Supremes. I know they'd love to see you. Tell your friends and neighbors. Bring the mailman.

Can't make the gig, then why not send a note of congratulations in a journal ad acknowledging their contributions to this community. Either way, be a part of this very special occasion.

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ART in the Garden

Please click here  for more information about ART in the Garden.

Children's Programs
Oaks and Acorns
(for children ages 3 to 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! This week's Oaks and Acorns celebrates MOTHER'S DAY! Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

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

Our weekly drop-in program focuses this week on Mama Birds with a Mother's Day craft! Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for a hands-on exploration of nature!  Please click here  for more information and a listing of our upcoming topics.

Discovery Saturdays is free for RRA Members!

Woodland Fairy Houses
(for children ages 6 to 10)
Monday, May 20 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the magic of fairies at this special workshop! Children will use their imaginations to create an enchanted woodland scene with fairy houses and whimsical woodland animals. This will be a project they will truly treasure! Space is limited and registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Kids Can Cook: Cooking with Friends
(for children ages 5 and up)
Wednesday, May 22 from 4 :00 pm to 5:30 pm

Cooking is always better when you share the fun with a friend! We will create some fanciful finger foods and delicious desserts to enjoy with each other. Only a few spots remain, so don't wait to register! 

Please click here to register.

Let's Get Growing for Kids: 
Three Sisters and a Scarecrow
(for children ages 5 to 10)
Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

In this program, not only will we plant a Three Sisters Garden, but we will also build a scarecrow to protect it! Registrations is required.

Please click here to register.

Family Programs  
Arboretum Explorers: Passaic River/
Great Swamp Paddle
(all ages but 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Sunday, June 9 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm 

Bordering the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, this section of the Passaic River boasts beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife. You'll feel at one with nature as the river's twists and turns carry you deeper into the Refuge's soul.

Led by an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructor from Kayak East, this tour is rated "Easy" meaning no experience is necessary. This tour is great for families and paddlers of any skill level.

Please click here for more information and to register.

Camp out photo
Great American Backyard Campout:
Members Only
Friday, June 28 at 6:00 pm to Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 am 

It's almost time for our annual summer Backyard Campout! Pitch your tent and enjoy an evening filled with entertainment, night hikes and of course s'mores. Mark your calendar, registration opens May 15! The Great American Backyard Campout is always sold out with a long wait list so please register early. The event will be held rain or shine. 

Please click here for more information.

Adult Programs  
A Garden Timetable
(for adults)
Wednesday, May 8 from 1 :30 pm to 3:00 pm

Take a week by week look at what you should be doing now to grow a successful edible garden all season long. Some topics we will explore include succession planting, crop rotation, and companion planting. This class will meet in the Wisner House Library Lounge. Registration is required. 

Please click here to register.

Propagation for Beginners:
Making More Roses
Wednesday, June 19 from 1:30  pm to 3:00 pm

Rosa hugonis, or Father Hugo's Rose, is one of the first roses to bloom. Here at RRA, it is one of the truly historic plants, as it was planted by Mrs. Susan Graham Reeves. Join us for this third installment in our propagation series, and take a piece of history home with you!

Registration is required.  Please click here to register.

Summer Camp Registration
RRA Summer Camps: 
Registration is Underway!

Registration is going on and camps have already filled up, so don't wait to register!

Please click here for a complete listing of our summer camp options. 

Other News
RRA Plant Sale
Members OnlyFriday, May 17, 2:00 pm to 
5:00 pm  
Open to the PublicSaturday, May 18, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Rain or shine!  Featuring unusual, hard-to-find plants, annuals, perennials, and woody plants.


National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 17 at 10:30 am and/or 1:30  pm

Join us on a free garden tour to celebrate National Public Gardens Week! Our garden docents will lead you on a stroll through the grounds, introducing you to some of their favorite garden plants and highlighting details of the Arboretum's unique and interesting history. National Public Gardens Week is a national week of celebration to raise awareness of America's public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.

Tours begin at the Visitors Center at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Registration is encouraged but not required. Garden Tours will depart from the Visitors Center.

Please click here to register.


New! Sunday Volunteer Ground Force 
Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Volunteering at RRA is a great way to experience the beauty of the outdoors, learn about gardening, get community service hours, and connect with friends, family, and the environment!  

Please click here to find out about all the many opportunities for you to volunteer.


Spring and Summer Garden Tours for Groups

What brings you to the garden? A love of plants? Hearing about the historic landscape? Spending time with family and friends? Then, one of the Arboretum's Garden Tours will be perfect for you.  We have a Horticulture & History Tour, filled with fun facts about seasonal blooms, heirloom trees and RRA's fascinating past. There's also the extraordinary Day at Two Gardens Tour, where you enjoy a morning tour at RRA, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (some offer discounts to RRA tours!), and then proceed to the beautiful Greenwood Gardens. We can also tailor our tours to reflect the interests of your book club, school, scout or corporate group. For more information or to register, please contact Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org


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Last Weekend of Exhibit!

Close-Ups: The Secret Life of Flowers

Photographs by John Koeniger

On display in Wisner House through May 12.

Artist reception on Saturday, May 11 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey  07901





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