Daffodils in bloom at RRA
April-October hours: Grounds open 7:00 am - 7:00 pm daily
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

Nature never ceases to amaze me. Look at this photo; I think it is incredible that this tender young sprout has the power to pierce the leaf rather than just push it aside or grow around it. When I look at it, the word “fierce” comes to mind; nothing is going to prevent it from growing into a beautiful flower. As I reflect upon this last year, we are like that young shoot, pushing through difficult times to emerge to a brighter tomorrow.

Last year, we had to pause our celebration honoring the Junior League of Summit’s 90th Year of Service and the retirement of RRA’s Executive Director Frank Juliano. This year, we are hitting the play button and moving forward with plans to honor them both at ART in the Garden! The Junior League is without question a “fierce” force in this community, made up of a group of women dedicated to helping others. So many individuals and organizations, including the Arboretum, have been impacted by their tireless efforts to make positive change in the community.

Speaking of positive change… I could write paragraphs on all the wonderful things Frank Juliano has done for the Arboretum! His vision, passion and ability to forge partnerships have turned this place into a community resource. We will finally be able to give him the proper send-off he deserves.

I hope you will join me on June 5th - there will be much to celebrate!

Until next time,
Please click here for more information about ART in the Garden.
Daffodil Day
Sunday, April 18, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Experience firsthand the spectacular display of color of thousands of the iconic daffodils that have made the Arboretum famous! Enjoy spring-themed activities, including games and crafts, music, food trucks, an art exhibit, vendors, and of course, the Green Goats will be here. We will be complying with all COVID guidelines. This event is rain or shine.

This event will have staggered entry times (every half hour from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm). Please be sure that you have signed up for the correct time slot, as changing will be based on availability. Please do not arrive before the time you are registered for. Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. Masks are required on the grounds and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Many thanks to our title sponsors!
Adult Education
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Sunday, April 11, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, April 14, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Join us for seasonally informative ‘Talk and Tours’ in the garden. See what’s new, what’s in bloom, and be a part of the conversation. This is a chance to improve your knowledge or learn more about the history of Reeves-Reed Arboretum, as well as gain insight and understanding of the Arboretum’s ever-changing grounds. The cost is free for RRA members and Docents-in-Training, and $10 for non-members. We will meet at the Visitor’s Center—rain or shine!

RRA Docents and RRA Docents-in-training should call (908) 273-8787 x1616 to register.
A collaboration between Reeves-Reed Arboretum and The Morris County School of Glass
(for ages 8 and up)

Part 1: Glassblowing
Friday, April 16 or Saturday, April 17 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (participants sign up for a half hour session) at The Morris County School of Glass.

Expert glassblowers at Morris County School of Glass will help you to create a unique, one of a kind glass planter just in time to gift to yourself or that special person on Mother's Day. You will transform 2,100 degree molten glass into a beautiful work of art that will give you bragging rights.

Part 2: Stroll and Plant
Saturday, May 1 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Pick up your planter at the Arboretum and participants will be treated to a guided stroll through the beautiful grounds to view the eye-catching spring flowers in bloom. Afterwards everyone will head over to the greenhouse to select and pot up a special flowering plant in their glass planters.
Thursday, April 22, 9:00 - 10:15 am

Join The R3finery for an outdoor yoga class and immerse yourself in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings at the Arboretum. This 75-minute yoga class is open to all levels. Modifications will be provided to make this class accessible to everyone. Celebrate Earth Day with us and discover the many benefits of practicing yoga outdoors.

Please bring your own yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Social distancing will be adhered to. Registration is required.
Monday, April 26, 7:30 pm
(for adults)

Start your week off right with a relaxing stroll through the woodland trails under the moonlight. We will take in the beauty and peace of the Arboretum at night as we learn about this month's full moon and other fun nighttime facts. Due to limited space, registration is required.
Plant Sale Pre-Order
This year, for the first time, we are offering curated Perennial Garden Collections for pre-order in 7 categories. The deadline to pre-order is Friday, April 23. Order soon as supplies are limited!

Orders can be picked up at the in-person plant sale on May 7, 8, and 9. Please click here for more information.
Children's Education
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Saturday, April 17, 9:30 - 11:00 am
(for ages 5-10)

In this hands on gardening DIY program, we'll hill up some soil to grow our potatoes and build a bean teepee, all while learning what it takes to grow some of our all time favorite foods. Let's Get Growing!
Thursday, April 29, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
(for ages 3 to 5 with adult)

Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class. Take nature walks, read stories, and create a one-of-a-kind art project every week. These are wonderful experiences where children can spend time outdoors with our Environmental Educators.
Tuesday, May 4, 10:00 - 11:30 am
(for ages 6-10)

Calling all homeschoolers! Learn through experience as we take in the beauty of nature while exploring the grounds of the Arboretum! This week's topic is Forest Ecology. We'll head into the woods to make discoveries and identify the many species that can live here.
Volunteer Opportunities
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Wednesday, April 14, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

RRA will be running its annual Garden Docent Training on Wednesday, April 14 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. We encourage anyone with a love of both horticulture and history to sign up for this fun – and FREE – workshop!

Garden Docents are the face of the Arboretum and lead casual, informative tours of the grounds. This is a low stress, low key volunteer opportunity and a chance to learn more about our gardens and the history behind RRA.

For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or 908-273-8787 x1616.
Saturdays & Mondays, April-June, 9:30 - 11:30 am
(Ages 14+, Age 12-13 with adult)

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors in the spring to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds!

To register, go to www.reeves-reedarboretum.org/get-involved/volunteer/ or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org.

Please note: For your safety, all tools and gloves are washed and sanitized, and masks are required. You are also free to bring your own gloves and tools.
Other News

The Arboretum wants to perennially celebrate those graduating this year by planting a June blooming garden that can be visited for years to come. Whether you are graduating from preschool or college (or anything in between), this is a way to recognize this accomplishment in a unique and meaningful way.

Please click here for more information.
ACME Give Back Where it Counts Bag Program

For the month of April, Reeves-Reed Arboretum will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $3.00 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag at the ACME store located at 801 Kenilworth Blvd., Kenilworth, NJ.

Be sure to check out this week’s new menu at davidellisevents.com/home.
And don’t forget to mention you are a friend of Reeves-Reed Arboretum when ordering! The deadline to order from this week's menu is Tuesday at 2:00 pm.
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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!
Planning Our Gardens

Celebrating the life and work of Al Bross

Oil paintings

Through May 9 at Wisner House Gallery

Please click here for the thumbnails of this exhibit

Please join us for a reception on
Sunday, May 2 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
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Come for a walk outside. We are here for you.
Be well and stay healthy!
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-8787
Wisner House Open: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
Grounds Open: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily (April - October)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily (November - March)
Programs and events at RRA are made possible, in part, by support from:
Novartis; Lois Schneider Realtor; Bartlett Tree Experts; Infantini Landscaping; 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 2021 are underwritten with generous support from Investors Bank.