The Garden Electric

Colorful snapshots of our spring trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show.

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Registration is required unless otherwise noted.



SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 11 AM - 3 PM

Daffodil Day is a decades-old tradition in Summit when visitors to the Arboretum have an opportunity to enjoy one of the largest daffodil collections in New Jersey – over 50,000 bulbs in bloom in the Arboretum's glacially carved Daffodil Bowl!

The day’s activities include spring-themed games and crafts, a story trail, music, entertainment, food, market vendors, our current art exhibit, and of course, the Green Goats will be here!  Click here to register.

Adult Programs

TOMORROW! Garden Designs for the Birds and Biodiversity

Wednesday, March 29, 2 - 4 pm

Join Reeves-Reed Arboretum Lead Horticulturist Laura Gilkey to explore planting design ideas and methodologies that encourage biodiversity.

Square Foot Gardening 101: Grow Your Own Groceries

Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm (virtual)

Learn a simple and efficient method of gardening that will have you growing all the fresh vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers you want, with less effort and the most efficient use of space and time. 

Full Moon Hike

Wednesday, April 5, 7 - 7:30 pm

Enjoy a relaxing moonlit stroll through the woodland trails and take in the beauty and peace of the Arboretum at night as we learn about this month’s full moon.

Forest Bathing

Saturday, April 8 and Sundays, May 14 and June 11, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Spending time in nature is good for your mind, body, and spirit. Join Forest Bathing Guide Rich Collins on this slow meditative nature walk, immersing yourself in the Arboretum's surroundings while utilizing all of your senses.

NEW! Notable Garden Speaker: Dr. Thomas Molnar

Dogwoods and Hazelnuts: Going Nuts Breeding Trees

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 - 8 pm (onsite and virtual)

Dr. Molnar will talk about the more than 50-year history of the woody ornamental breeding program at Rutgers University, with a special focus on dogwoods.

Sunday Night Jazz with Cyrille Aimée & Mathis Picard

Sunday, April 23, 7 pm

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is excited to welcome back Grammy-nominated artist Cyrille Aimée with pianist Mathis Picard! The duo promises a “sneak peek” of their upcoming new album and a dazzling performance highlighting Aimée's intoxicating charm, storytelling, and improvisation. 

Sound Healing: Crystal Singing Bowls

Friday, April 28, Friday, May 5, and Thursday, May 18, 6 - 7 pm

Join Tracy Hart for breathing exercises, guided meditation, and crystal singing bowls – all of which promote deep relaxation and healing of the mind and body. 

Powerful and Sustainable Gardening Practices

Saturday, May 6, 2 - 3:30 pm

Join Reeves-Reed Arboretum Lead Horticulturist Laura Gilkey to discuss gardening practices that encourage biodiversity through habitat promotion and ecosystem health. Bring your gardening gloves!

The Secret Tea Room - Make your reservations today!

Cream Tea: Every Wednesday now through June 28

Afternoon Tea: 4/22, 5/7, 5/14, 6/18;

Evening Teas: Spring Fling 4/21; Mother's Day 5/12

FAMILY TEA TIME! Please note, families with children ages 6+ are welcome at the 2 pm seating on Saturdays and Sundays. Make family time extra special with Afternoon Tea!

Children & Family Programs

Spring Break Mini-Camps - Registration is open! (ages 5-10)

Monday, April 3, 9 am - 12 pm - Bold Arts: Dance & Nature

Wednesday, April 5, 9 am - 12 pm - Rainforest Retreat

Thursday, April 6, 9 am - 12 pm - Fly Me to the Moon

Add some fun to your spring break from school right here at the Arboretum!

Let's Get Growing! (ages 5-10)

Saturdays, 9:30 - 11 am

April 15 - Buried Treasures; May 6 - Buckets, Bags, Boxes, and Boots 

Hands-on interactive DIY gardening workshops. A different topic each month.


Oaks & Acorns - Wednesdays, 1 - 2 pm (children ages 3-5 w/an adult)

4/5 Fox, 4/12 Frogs, 4/19 Owls, 4/26 Skunks

Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class featuring nature hikes, storytime, and art projects.

Arboretum Afternoons - Thursdays, 4 - 5 pm (children ages 5-8)

3/30 Secrets of the Soil, 4/6 Egg-stravaganza, 4/13 Sound Waves, 4/20 All About Earth (Earth Day), 4/27 Tremendous Trees

Nature-themed stories, hikes, games, experiments, and one-of-a-kind art projects are all part of the fun in this after-school drop-off program.

Discovery Weekends is Back! (families with children ages 3+)

Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am - 3 pm; Now through May 21

Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for this self-guided program. Grab an interactive activity guide and magnifying glass, and head out to see what wonders big and small await on the grounds of the Arboretum. 

Education Center Browsing Library is Open!

Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 3 pm

Join us after your hike to browse our books, color, or work on a puzzle. The library is open during the above-listed hours except during a program or private event.

Summer Camp Registration

It's Time to Register for Summer Camp!

We have a few openings left in Summer Camp Weeks 3, 4 and 5.

June 6-30 - Fields of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature and the Arts

July 10-14 - Wolf Pack

July 17 -21 - Wild Adventures

Art Exhibition

IMAGINATURE: Children's Book Art

Show runs February 7 - May 14, 2023

Enjoy colorful illustrations, woodcuts, and paintings by award-winning children's book artists Margaret Peot and Giselle Potter.

The Wisner House Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm unless closed for a private event. Please check gallery hours here before visiting.

Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Registration is required for all volunteer opportunities. Click on the titles below for more information. For questions or to register, email Trish Cassin here.


Helping Hands Needed for Daffodil Day! (ages 14+, 12-13 w/adult)

Sunday, April 16; Shifts: 10:30 am -1 pm, 1- 3:30 pm, and 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Assist with demonstrations, crafts, and activities at this fun outdoor festival!

Become a Garden Docent!

Take our Prospective Garden Docent Tour (adults)

Saturday, April 15, 10:30 - 11:30 am or Monday, April 17, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Learn about our Garden Docent program by attending a free introductory garden tour. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. 

Summer Camp Jr. Counselors (ages 14+)

June 12 - August 25, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Ideal candidates are personable, energetic, reliable, and have an appreciation of nature and experience with children. Must be available for a minimum of 4 weeks during the summer camp weeks. (There is no camp the weeks of 6/26 and 7/3.)

Woodland Restoration (ages 18+)

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Help restore existing trails, plant native trees, remove invasives, and more! 

Ground Force (ages 14+, 12-13 w/an adult)

Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join our staff outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our grounds.

NEW! Development Associate (part-time paid position)

This position will support the implementation and coordination of all fundraising initiatives. Bachelor's degree required. For details about the position, skills, and experience required, please click here and scroll down to careers / part-time positions.

Other News


Interested in volunteering? Find out why it's good for you! Read the blog post by Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, here. You'll be happy you did.


Discount at Tea & Oranges!

We are excited to announce a partnership with Tea & Oranges in downtown Summit in support of this year’s ART in the Garden event on June 10! Shop at this local women’s apparel & accessories boutique from April 1 to June 10 to get something special for this year’s event: mention the event to receive 10% off your entire purchase. Want to shop online? Use discount code artingarden for 10% off your entire purchase, 1 use per customer.

The real fun (and donations) begin at the event in June: tag @reevesreedarboretum and @shopteaandoranges on posts/stories from the event in your goodies from t&o. Tea & Oranges will donate $50 for each unique piece from t&o tagged at the event, whether it be apparel, jewelry, bags, shoes, or scarves. Get dressed up, snap some pics, post to Instagram - and have fun supporting ART in the Garden and a local business! 

Tea & Oranges, 316 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ, 908-287-5193,, @shopteaandoranges


Download the FREE and easy to use ShopRaise app and a portion of all eligible purchases will be donated back to the Arboretum. Includes almost 1,000 top name merchants! Find out more here.

Save These Dates!

5/12 - 5/14 - ANNUAL PLANT SALE!

Pre-order information coming soon!


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Come take a break and spend some time outdoors.

Nature can be healing for your mind, body, and soul.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue

Summit, NJ 07901

(908) 273-8787

Wisner House Hours: 

10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Friday

Grounds Open:

9 am to 4 pm daily (Nov - March)

7 am to 7 pm daily (April - October)

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Programs and events at RRA are made possible, in part, by support from:

Lois Schneider Realtor; Bartlett Tree Experts; Infantini Landscaping; The Oldendorp Group; E.J. Grassmann Trust; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Union Foundation; Garden Clubs of America; Summit Garden Club; Junior League of Summit; NJ Historic Trust; Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; Overlook Foundation; Investors Foundation; DEP/Green Acres Grant Program; Union County Board of County Commissioners, 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.