Sunday, December 10, 11 AM - 3 PM

Celebrate the Season!

Enjoy 25+ lighted and decorated trees throughout the grounds, children's activities celebrating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice, musical entertainment, photos with Santa, a holiday market, and more! Don't forget to bring new winter socks or mittens and gloves for GRACE! Donation bins will be at check-in. Thank you! (More information about the Holiday Drive for GRACE is in the newsletter below.)

Sponsor & Decorate a Tree

Saturday, December 9, 10 am - 12 pm and 12 - 2 pm

Local businesses, non-profits, families, school & scout groups are invited to sponsor and decorate a tree. We can't wait to see your creative themes! Get all the details here.

Pre-View Cocktail Party (Adults 21+ only)

Saturday, December 9, 7 - 9 pm

This "spirited celebration" of the holidays includes an evening walk to preview the lighted festival trees, fun cocktails, desserts, and live music with Steve Teti on the grand piano.

Click here to register.

Festival of Trees / Main Event - REGISTER HERE

Sunday, December 10, 11 am - 3 pm



GOLD: Polestar / Zita's Homemade Ice Cream

PRE-VIEW PARTY: Cambridge Wines / Vodka Salad / The Secret Tea Room / BAKE Bakery/ Across the Pond Bakery

Annual Appeal

Please give generously to this year’s Annual Appeal and help us maintain our woodlands and gardens, and continue to offer educational programs to our community for generations to come!

Thank you!

Give Here!

Click on program titles for more information and to register.

Registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Adult Programs

The Secret Tea Room

Wednesday Cream Tea - December 6, 13

Sunday Afternoon Tea - December 3, 17

Holiday Family Tea with a special menu for the kids! - Saturday, December 16

Enjoy an enchanting tea service with brewed-to-perfection teas and fusions, scrumptious scones, delectable tea sandwiches, and more. Gift Certificates are also available for holiday gift giving! Contact our office to purchase.

Mid-Winter Garden Walkabout

Thursday, January 25, 1 - 2:30 pm

Join Curatorial Director of Horticulture John Beirne in the garden to discover winter shrub, fruit, and tree interest and the many herbaceous plants left to create a winter wildlife habitat and food source.

Philadelphia Flower Show

First Week of March 2024! More info will be coming in our January newsletter.

Children & Family Programs

Winter Solstice Celebration

Thursday, December 21, 4-5 pm (families w/ children ages 4+)

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with stories and cocoa around the campfire as we reflect on the ancient traditions surrounding the first day of winter.

MLK Day Service Project

Monday, January 15, 9 am - 12 pm

Families can stop by the Stackhouse Education Center to create Valentine Cards for clients of SAGE Eldercare. We will provide all of the supplies for you to create a thoughtful upcycled Valentine's Day card. Reeves-Reed Arboretum honors and remembers the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by uniting to reach out and warm the hearts of our neighbors.

Volunteer 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.

Holiday Decorating

Volunteering can put you in the holiday spirit!

If you enjoy the holidays, decorating, and are crafty, then this volunteer opportunity is for you! 2-hour shifts available on various dates and times in November and December.

Festival of Trees

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

Assist with games, crafts, set-up, and more at this fun family-friendly festival.

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

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm and Saturdays, 2 - 4 pm

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

Woodland Restoration (ages 14+, 12-13 w/an adult)

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact Trish Cassin at the email above.

Other News


Arboretum membership makes the perfect gift this holiday season! Members enjoy free admission to Maple Sugaring Fest, Daffodil Day, Celebrate Fall, and summer concerts, as well as discounts on classes, trips, workshops, and more. Contact our office manager for details at m.foehrenbach@reeves-reedarboretum.org.


Click here for full details!


Holiday shopping is made easier with the SHOPRAISE App. All of your favorite stores (1,000+ retailers) are in one place and a portion of each purchase up to 10% is donated back to the Arboretum! A win-win this holiday season! Click on the ShopRaise link here or at the bottom of this newsletter. THANK YOU for your support!

The Arboretum is looking for CORPORATE PARTNERS!

Are you a small business owner? Involved in a startup? A long-time employee of a large firm? We need you! Corporate Sponsorship is a fantastic way to showcase your brand and show your support for the Arboretum. Opportunities are available at nearly every level. Want more information? Contact Patty Butler at (908) 273-8787, x1414. or p.butler@reeves-reedarboretum.org.


Looking Back on Fall, Forward to Spring...by Deputy Director of Horticulture, Julieanne Frascinella. Click here.

WINTER HOURS - Now through March, the grounds will be open 9 AM - 4 PM daily.

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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


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7 am - 7 pm daily (April - October)

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum programs and events in 2023 were made possible, in part, by support from:


E.J. Grassmann Trust; Garden Clubs of America; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Investors Foundation; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; NJ Historic Trust; Overlook Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Summit Garden Club; 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 Union Foundation

Corporate/Business Sponsors

Bartlett Tree Experts; Barth’s Market; Bassett Associates; Beacon Hill Club; Cambridge Wines; Chubb; Creative Digital Solutions; Douglas Volkswagen + Infiniti; David Ellis Events; The Farm at Green Village; Fisk Foto; Fountainhead Advisors; Great Swamp Nursery; The Gypset; Hadley Peterson Landscaping & Design; Infantini Landscaping; JAM Graphics; James M. Wood, CPA; Java’s Compost; Jennifer Hinger Photography; Kayak East; Leaf + Line; Lees Peck Group/Prominent Properties; Lois Schneider Realtor; Mobility Elevator & Lift Co.; Natale's Bakery; Nexgen Sources; The Oldendorp Group; Peapack Private Wealth Management; Peerless Beverage Co.; PSE&G; Polestar; Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design; Seasons Floral Design; Shoprite; The Secret Tea Room; Silver Lining Jewelry; Sonja Gamgort Design, LLC; Tea & Oranges; Totes Goats, LLC; Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream