'Nancy's Revenge' Elephant Ear (August 2019)
In This Issue
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

Today I write to you about the blooming of a flower. Funny to be speaking of flowers blooming as the golden days of summer slip into our consciousness. And yet, what's more telling, more revealing than a bud about to burst forth?

Author Mark Nepo calls it the pain of becoming. "For the flower, it is fully open at each step of its blossoming."

After a summer of sunshine, rain, and the fertilizers for the brain (what we at RRA call our garden blogs), each and everyone of us start showing signs of growth from what's been learned and experienced at the Arboretum. It's been a record season for our summer camps, and our programs and events bring visitors to the Arboretum from across the state. People continue to recognize and acknowledge the specialness that is Reeves-Reed Arboretum. But the power of those experiences and that knowledge reveals itself in slow, steady ways, much like the opening of the bud of a flower. If we try and force the flower to open, it tears. Same with who we are becoming through this newly acquired knowledge. Time and nature have their own rhythm. Take that time - stop, look, think, learn and experience. We stand on the threshold, getting ourselves ready to move across the limits of what we were, into what we are able to be. We are becoming.

See you in the garden,
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Morris Arboretum Bus Trip
Out On A Limb at the Morris Arboretum
Wednesday, October 16

Get a bird's-eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above the ground at the Morris Arboretum's Tree Adventure, connecting you to the natural world in a unique, exciting and fun way!
Morris Arboretum, the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is an outdoor museum offering an ever-changing palette of colors and textures. This 92-acre Victorian Garden provides an idyllic setting for historic architectural features, more than 12,000 labeled plants, and a fine collection of contemporary sculpture. And the fall is the perfect time to visit.  The trip includes:
  • Round trip transportation in a comfortable coach bus
  • All Morris Arboretum fees
  • Private and delicious buffet luncheon
  • Two guided tours, including a special tour of Out on a Limb canopy walk adventure conducted by RRA friend and colleague, Bob Gutowski, Director of Education, Visitor Experience & Outreach
Please click here for more information and to register!

Children's Programs
Let's Get Growing: Bug Mania
(for children ages 5 to 10)
Wednesday, August 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Get ready to explore the garden in search of interesting creatures that slither, crawl, chomp and chew. Discover fascinating facts about these creatures including whether they are friend or foe. Registration is required.  

Please click here to register.

Here are the remaining topics for the summer.  Please click each class to find out more!
Nocturnal Neighbors: Moths
(for families with children ages 5 and up)
Friday, August 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 

Join us as we go in search of the butterflies of the night!  Don't forget, each nocturnal neighbors includes a campfire and s'mores.  Registration is required.

Please click here for more information.

Discovery Saturdays
Most Saturdays from 9 :00 am to 1:00 pm

Our weekly drop-in program focuses this week on Tomatoes! Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for a hands-on exploration of nature!  Please click here  for more information and a listing of our upcoming topics.

Discovery Saturdays is free for RRA Members!

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Great American Backyard Campout
Friday, September 27 at 5 :00 pm to September 28 at 8:00 am

MEMBERS ONLY!  Autumn is a beautiful time of year to camp out, so why not join us for our members only campout on Friday, September 27? Pitch your tent, grab your sleeping bag and settle in for a special evening on the grounds of the Arboretum.  

There will be live entertainment, night hikes and a special family picnic provided by the Arboretum! Please be sure to bring a dessert to share! The Great American Backyard Campout is always sold out with a long waiting list, so please register early. This event will be held rain or shine.

Advance registration is required. Registration will begin August 15.  You must be a Family-level member or above.  Cost is $35 per family.

Membership must be current on date of event to receive membership benefit.

Adult Education
Fall In Love With Trees: 
A Four Part Lecture Series
Thursdays, September 12, September 26, October 10 and October 24

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, together with the City of Summit's Shade Tree Advisory Committee, presents Fall In Love With Trees, four powerful programs about why trees are a must for yards and how best to care for them.   Please click on individual titles to register:
All four programs will take place at Reeves-Reed Arboretum starting at 7:30 pm. There is no charge for these sessions, but space is limited and reservations are encouraged.

The Nature of Glass - Infused Oils
Part 1 Glassblowing: Saturday, September 14 
Part 2 Herb Infusing, Saturday, September 21
(for adults and teens ages 16 and up)

RRA is pleased to be working again with the Morris County School of Glass (MCSOG)  to offer several unique programs.  Try your hand at glassblowing and make your own infused olive oil by harvesting herbs and combining them with olive oil in your new bottle. We will be using all-natural corks to seal the bottles with the oil.

Part 1: Glassblowing
Experience the art and craft of glassblowing at the MCSOG.  Learn to manipulate 2,100-degree molten glass into a beautiful bottle with customized colors of your choosing. Your handmade bottle will be a great addition to your home! 
Part 2: Herb Infusing
Now that you have your bottle, it's time to create your infused oil at RRA!  After a short tour of our herb garden, learn about the different types of herbs and what will work best with olive oil. Sample several different infused oils then select from a variety of herbs to create your new kitchen masterpiece!
Please click here  for more information.

Cement Leaf Make & Take Workshop
Part 1 "Make": Sunday, September 15 
Part 2 "Take": Sunday, September 22
Both sessions from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Whether as a prelude to a water feature, a functional but stylish solution to gutter overflow, or a simple garden ornament, leaf sculptures are beautiful additions to your garden and home. Except for the mess in its creation. Which is where RRA comes in! Leave the chaotic part of this surprisingly easy craft to us and take home a beautiful garden sculpture. Registration is required.

Note: This workshop is messy and hands on. Masks, aprons, and gloves will be provided, but please dress for a mess! Workshop will take place in the RRA Hoop House.

Part 1 "Make":   Using an assortment of leaves from the Arboretum grounds (or bring some from your own garden!), we will be mixing our own cement and sculpting it into unique shapes.
Part 2 "Take":   Your cement will be ready to remove the leaf and reveal your creation! Use a variety of paints to complete your masterpiece and take home!
Please click here  for more information and to register.
Other News

Make a Gift - Honor a Friend - Remember a Loved One.

Each $50 contribution will support the planting of 25 daffodil bulbs in our historic Daffodil Bowl, ensuring a legacy of breathtaking beauty.  Be a part of the most extensive display of daffodils in New Jersey - a stunning floral spectacle that heralds the arrival of spring each year at the Arboretum.

Please click here to donate to Daffo-Dollars and thank you in advance for your support!

Volunteer Ground Force 
Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays 

Volunteering at RRA is a great way to experience the beauty of the outdoors, learn about gardening, get community service hours, and connect with friends, family, and the environment!  

Please click here to find out about all the many opportunities for you to volunteer.

Summer Garden Tours for Groups

What brings you to the garden? A love of plants? Hearing about the historic landscape? Spending time with family and friends? Then, one of the Arboretum's Garden Tours will be perfect for you.  We have a Horticulture & History Tour, filled with fun facts about seasonal blooms, heirloom trees and RRA's fascinating past. There's also the extraordinary Day at Two Gardens Tour, where you enjoy a morning tour at RRA, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (some offer discounts to RRA tours!), and then proceed to the beautiful Greenwood Gardens. We can also tailor our tours to reflect the interests of your book club, school, scout or corporate group. For more information or to register, please contact Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org


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