Holiday Greens Pre-Sale

Wreaths, swags, and centerpieces, oh my! Help support Reeves-Reed Arboretum this holiday season by ordering your holiday greens in advance. Wreaths, swags, centerpieces, bows, and more are available.  The income raised contributes directly to the care and upkeep of our gardens and grounds. 

The deadline to order is November here!

Festival of Trees


Sunday, December 11, 11am - 3pm

Join us for this outdoor winter festival celebrating Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa featuring crafts, games, entertainment, market vendors, photos with Santa, and 30+ trees decorated by local non-profits, families, school and scout groups, and local businesses. The creativity and fun tree themes make this day extra special. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! 

For event details and tickets, click here.

To register to decorate a tree for this event, click here.


Saturday, December 10, 7 - 9 pm

Enjoy a "Spirited Celebration of the Holidays!" See details below under adult programs.

Please click on the program titles for more information and to register.

Registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Adult Programs

The Secret Tea Room

November dates: 11/16, 11/20, 11/27, 11/30

December dates: 12/4, 12/14, 12/18

Celebrate a "tea-riffic" holiday season with the Secret Tea Room! Cream Tea on Wednesdays and Afternoon Tea on Sundays. Make your reservations today!

P.S. Gift Certificates are now available and make the perfect holiday gift! Call 908.273.8787 x1010 for details.

NEW! Holiday Manor Tour

Friday, December 2, 9 am - 3 pm

Only a few seats left!

Join us on a bus trip to Ringwood, New Jersey where we will tour the historic Skylands Mansion and Ringwood Manor decorated for the holidays!  

For details and an itinerary, click here.

NEW! Festival of Trees Preview Cocktail Party

Saturday, December 10, 7 - 9 pm

On the eve of our Festival of Trees, come enjoy a “spirited” celebration in the historic Wisner House by sampling a collection of cocktails and desserts representing various customs enjoyed during the holiday season. You'll be invited to take a winter walk and get a "first look" at the lighted trees being featured at Sunday's Festival. A magnificent tree decorated by a local designer will also be auctioned off. Music and merriment will round out this special evening.

Forest Bathing

Winter Solstice, Wednesday, December 21,

1 - 3:30 pm

Live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of the Arboretum. This guided walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires no exceptional skill or physical exertion. 

Children & Family Programs

Kids Can Cook: Holiday Tea (children ages 5-10)

Friday, December 16, 4 - 5:30 pm

In historic Wisner House, we’ll brew a special pot of tea, pair it with holiday scones and bite size goodies, then savor and enjoy! Richard Wright, owner of the Secret Tea Room joins us to create this enchanting Holiday Tea, just for kids.

Winter Solstice Celebration (families w/ children ages 4+)

Wednesday, December 21, 4 - 5 pm

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.


Registration is required for all volunteer opportunities.

Please click on the titles for more information. For questions or to register,

email Trish Cassin here or call (908) 273-8787, x1616.

Holiday Prep and Decorating (ages 18+)

Now through December 3, 2-Hour Sessions 

Various dates

Prep volunteers will assist with set-up and clean-up; those who are artistic and crafty help create unique centerpieces, wreaths, topiaries, and more.

Festival of Trees (ages 14+)

Sunday, December 11

Shifts: 10:30 am - 1 pm or 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Volunteers are needed for this outdoor festival to help with set-up, crafts, activities, and more. Volunteers should be ages 14+.

Woodland Restoration (ages 18+)

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Help restore our existing woodland trails, plant native trees, identify and remove invasives, and more! Email Trish for more information.

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

Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

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

Other News


When the Bloom Fades

What to do? Should all those fallen leaves be whisked away in big dump trucks? Should those dead stems be cut down to the ground? Should the annuals get ripped out and tossed into the compost? Read RRA horticulturist Laura Gilkey's latest blog post here and find out!


Beginning November 1 (through March 31) the grounds will be open 9 am to 4 pm daily.  


Please give generously to our annual appeal so we can continue to be YOUR arboretum. Your fully tax-deductible gift provides the general operating support needed to carry out our mission.

With deepest gratitude,



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Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue

Summit, NJ 07901

(908) 273-8787

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Wisner House Open: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Friday
Grounds Open: 9 am to 4 pm daily (November - March)
7 am to 7 pm daily (April - October)
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; Ciel Power LLC; NJ Historic Trust; Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; 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. 

Special thanks to our media partners including
TAPInto, Summit Living, Macaroni Kid, Patch, and Renna Media.

Signature membership activities for 2022 are underwritten with generous support from Investors Bank.