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From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for this next chapter at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Throughout my twelve years working here I have seen such tremendous growth in the quantity and quality of the programs offered and in the number of visitors to the grounds. I love to tell the story of my first Daffodil Day back in 2008, when we had at most 40 people in attendance. Nowadays our events attract well over 1,500 visitors! Bigger, better, bolder – those are three words that come to mind when I think of my tenure at RRA.

One of the things I love most about the Arboretum is its sense of community. I have watched many toddlers I taught back in 2009 return as teenagers to volunteer. My hope is that when they are adults, they will return and share this special place with their own children. Helping to make memories is something I strive to do in the work I carry out every day.

If I have not had the pleasure of meeting you yet, please be sure to stop by and say hello. Until next time…

Jackie Kondel
Executive Director
Arboretum Updates
ART in the Garden is the Arboretum's biggest fundraiser, and while we aren't able to hold a live event under the stars, we will still have all your favorite items along with some new ones available for you to bid on from the comfort of your home! 

NEW! This year we decided to make several items available for purchase now so you can enjoy the activities during the summer and help support the Arboretum!
More than Margaritas 
Nothing tastes more refreshing than a margarita on a hot summer night! Gather 25 of your closest friends for a tequila and margarita tasting under the stars at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.
Private Family Campout
Share a night under the stars with family and friends during a private campout at the Arboretum. This exclusive offer is for up to 20 people who will have the grounds of the Arboretum all to themselves.
Movie Night at the Arboretum
The Arboretum's take on a drive-in theater. Enjoy an outdoor screening for 40 people of a family-friendly flick on a giant screen!
These items will only be available for purchase for a short time, so don’t delay!

Thanks to all those who have already contributed to our Annual Appeal. If you haven’t sent in your contribution yet, now is the time. We still need to raise an additional $10,000 to meet our goal. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference.
Education Programs
Please click on the titles for more information and to register.
Thursday, July 9, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(for adults)

Thursday, July 16, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(for families with children ages 6 and up)

This small, guided group tour is a great way to experience the beauty, diversity and horticultural significance of Reeves-Reed Arboretum at sunset, a time when most visitors are not on the grounds. Space is limited and registration is required.

Click here for a complete list of Horticulture and History tour dates.
(for ages 4 to 8)

Bringing all the magic of Elephant Tree Nature Camp home to you! The materials for the week's games, crafts, and activities will be neatly packed up for you to pick up here at the Arboretum – five days of activities, games, and stories all rolled up into one package!

This week's theme is "Insect Safari." Swim, fly, hop, and crawl... insects can do it all! Learn about these amazing animals through games, crafts, and stories.

Participants must register by Wednesday, July 15. Materials will be available for pick up outside the Stackhouse Education Center on Friday, July 17 between 1-3 pm.

Click here to view all our Camp in a Box offerings.
Wednesday, July 15, 9:30 - 11:30 am
(for ages 5-10)

Pesto is a tasty sauce made with basil leaves and it's oh so good on pasta. Hmmm, what would happen if we harvested a variety of different greens from the garden and experimented in the kitchen to create new and interesting flavor combinations? We could do a taste test to choose our favorite pesto! Yum, pass the pesto please! This class will be held at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Registration is required.

Click here for this summer’s Let’s Get Growing programs.
Other News
Saturdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. We will supply gloves as well as all other tools and materials. Volunteers will meet at the barn in our parking lot. For adults 18+, students age 14+, and students ages 12-13 with an adult. Please click here for more information and to register.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum continues its joint venture with the Arboretum’s exclusive caterer, David Ellis Events.

Fill Your Fridge offers themed weekly menus of complete meals for 4, handcrafted and at a reduced price. The food arrives at your door seasoned, marinated and ready for your grill or oven. Sides, sweets, and staples are also available.

David Ellis Events will donate 10% of all food costs associated with each order to Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Simply go to www.davidellisevents.com and click on the ‘order online’ button, or if you prefer, call 973-539-3000 to place your order. And be sure to mention you are a friend of Reeves-Reed Arboretum when ordering.

New menus are available every Friday with orders due by the following Tuesday.
Help Us Every Time You Shop at Amazon!

During this pandemic, we know that many people are shopping online!

Please click here to donate a percentage of your Amazon purchases to RRA, or use this URL:

Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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Be well and stay healthy!
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-8787
Programs and events at RRA are made possible, in part, by support from:
Novartis; Lois Schneider Realtor; Bartlett Tree Experts; Hall's Garden Center & Florist; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; E.J. Grassmann Trust; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Union Foundation; Kessler Foundation; Garden Clubs of America; Summit Garden Club; Junior League of Summit; Villani Bus Company; NJ Historic Trust; Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; DEP/Green Acres Grant Program; and the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Community Renewal.

Special thanks to our media sponsors including TapInto, Summit Living, and Renna Media.

Signature membership activities for 2020 are underwritten with generous support from Investors Bank.