Grape Leaf Anemone in front of Wisner House (September 2018)
In This Issue
From the Executive Director

As a kid I remember each new school year would start with sharpened #2 Ticonderoga pencils in hand and a new black and white composition book open and ready for the first assignment. The "kids" here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum are also ready, so just check out the listings below for a glimpse of some of the fantastic fall programs and events for you to enjoy.

But allow me to mention two standouts. First, we are offering a wonderful fall bus trip to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY on Friday, October 26. I'm a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and I can personally attest to the fall fiery display the Shawangunk mountain ridge offers. There's nothing like it - it completely takes your breath away. Add fall colors to the majestic and historic Mountain House property with gardens, trails and fabulous porches set on the pristine Mohonk Lake and you have a day trip not to be missed.

And on October 19, we will offer a very special version of our fall Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden series called Beer, Bourbon & Bacon. Sponsored by Jersey Distilling and David Ellis Events, this tasting event will surely be a sell out for our very popular Put the 'PUB' series, so I encourage you to book now!

So, as we embrace the new season before us, let's all "pick up our pencils and open our books" to the new and exciting months ahead. Ready? Start....

See you in the garden,
Frank Juliano signature
Adult Programs  
Growing Garlic (Adults) 
Wednesday, September 12 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Fall is the best time to start your garlic plants in order to have a delicious harvest next summer. In this workshop, you'll discover the different types of garlic, the best growing practices, and sample a fresh roasted garlic spread made from garlic grown at RRA! Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Putting Your Garden to Bed - A Gardener's Philosophy (Adults) 
Wednesday, September 12 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Are you a wild, messy gardener and delight in watching all the critters flitting about on a snowy January evening? Or, do you find a neat and tidy garden soothing to the eye in the winter? Join Lead Horticulturist Julieanne Frascinella in discussing the different reasons why gardeners do what they do, and the many pros and cons of each philosophy and approach to gardening.  Find out who you are as a gardener, or possibly who you want to be! Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Putting Your Garden to Bed is a four part series on fall gardening.  Please click here to see the next program in the series.

Sunset Garden Tour
Tuesday, September 25 from 6 :30 pm to 7:30 pm

The first blush of autumn is descending, and so too is the sun, in this tour of the Arboretum grounds. Accompany Lead Horticulturist Julieanne Frascinella on a tour of the lush gardens and explore what few visitors get to see: The Arboretum at sunset. This exclusive tour is perfect for garden lovers as well as photographers in search of the golden hour! Tour will meet in Wisner House Gallery. Registration is required. 

Please click here to register. 

Women's Life School Series

It's Back-to-School time for women! This fall, we bring you our Life School Series focused on helping you to feel less overwhelmed and figure out what's next.

We welcome back Deborah Munies, Martha Beck Master Certified Coach, as she facilitates the following workshops:

Bringing a friend for additional support is always welcome! Please click the titles for more information and to register. Registration is required.


Informal Talk by Conservationist 
Roberto Dutesco
Thursday, September 27 from 6 :00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for an informal talk by photographer, artist, IAMWILD conservationist, Roberto Dutesco.  This event is free and open to the public.

Please click here for more information about Roberto Dutesco.

Arboretum Explorers:
Silas Condict Hike
(for ages 12 and up)
Saturday, October 6 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Join Director of Education, Jackie Kondel, on a moderate 3 mile hike in this 1,500+ acre natural area in Morris County. As we hike along this beautiful loop trail with rocky footpaths, stream crossings, overlooks and memorable glacial erratics, learn about the local flora and fauna as well as the geological history of the area. 

Please  click here to for more information and to register.

Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden: 
Beer, Bourbon & Bacon
Friday, October 19 from 7 :00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy the true pleasures of the South with RRA's next Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden. Sample juicy strips of bacon between sips of locally sourced craft beer and artisanal bourbon. The chefs of David Ellis Events will be offering delights from a bacon infused menu to pair with tastings of the finest brews and whiskey.

Members receive a $25 discount per person on this event!

Please click here to register!

Children's Programs  
Oaks and Acorns
(for children ages 3-5 with an adult)
Wednesday, September 12 from 1 :00 pm to 2:00 pm

Our weekly program begins next week with a program on apples! 

Please click here  for more information and to register.

School Holiday!
Amazing Arboretum Challenge
(for children ages 7 to 10)
Wednesday, September 19 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am or 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Do you have what it takes to complete the Arboretum Challenge? Working in small groups equipped with a map and compass, participants will head out into the gardens and woodlands in search of hidden clues. Once completed, teams will work together to decipher the code. A great activity to exercise your child's team building and problem solving skills!

This program will be held rain or shine. 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, Discovery Saturdays, focuses this week on The Bowl!  No registration required.

Please click here for a listing of topics.

Children's Birthday Parties

Looking to do something a little different for your child's birthday? Consider hosting his/her party at the Arboretum! We offer birthday parties for children as young as 4 years old, and with a variety of options to choose from, you'll be able to find the right theme and make it a party they'll never forget! 

Interested in booking a party or have further questions, please contact Director of Education, Jackie Kondel, at

Please click here for a listing of party options.

Autumn Bus Trip
Mohonk Mountain House
Friday, October 26

Tucked away at the top of the Shawangunk Ridge and with over 85 miles of trails and a pristine mountain lake, Mohonk Mountain House offers spectacular views of an incredible fall landscape.

Trip includes:
  • round trip bus ride and entrance to the grounds
  • private tour of the grounds
  • lunch in the main dining room featuring locally-sourced Hudson Valley fare
  • 15% discount at the gift shop or greenhouse garden shop
  • complimentary tea and cookies before departure
  • Mohonk souvenir for memories of your unforgettable day
Bus departs from the Grand Summit Hotel at 9:00 am and departs Mohonk Mountain House at 4:00 p.m.

Any questions, please contact our Office Manager, Doreen Schindler at or 908-273-8787 ext. 1010. 

For more information, please click here.

Other News
Accessibility Phase 2 Discussion
on Comcast Newsmakers

Please click here to listen to Executive Director Frank Juliano speak on Phase 2 of our accessibility project. This project proposes to build ADA ramps, as well as to add three tiered sensory gardens and ADA pathways (using recycled materials), leading to an ADA amphitheater as well as the Perennial Border overlooking the historic Daffodil Bowl. 

Autumn Internships

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is offering three internships for college students or adult volunteers:

  • Event Planning Internship
  • Social Media Communications Internship
  • Videography Internship
  • Holiday Decorating and Floral Design Internship
Please click here to learn more about these internships on our website under "Careers".

For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at

Ground Force Volunteers
Most Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from  9:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Monday sessions, as well as Thursdays and Saturdays, to help the horticultural staff maintain and enhance the  beauty of our grounds and gardens!

For dates, details and registration, please click here.

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The Wild Horses of Sable Island

An extraordinary photographic journey captured by internationally acclaimed artist, photographer and environmentalist

Roberto Dutesco

On display at Wisner House through October 28.

Please click here for more information on this exhibit.

Save Thursday evening, September 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a special talk by the artist Roberto Dutesco in Wisner House.


Santa Fe: through the lens of
Marilyn Pfaltz

 Photographs of eternally blue skies, beautiful multi-tone landscape palette and a colorful culture.

At the Hat Tavern
 in the Grand Summit Hotel

Artist reception on Wednesday, September 12
from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The artist will donate 100% of art sales to
Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Please click here for more information about this exhibit.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey  07901



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