Asclepias Tuberosa (Milkweed), Pollinator Garden
Artist Reception
Artist's Talk & Reception, Sunday, August 21, 2-3:30 pm

Join artist William Durkin in the Wisner House Gallery for this FREE event for both Arboretum members and non-members. Registration is requested but not required.

'The Shoaling' is the culmination of William Durkin’s lifelong love of the water and its inhabitants. An assembly of nearly 40 dynamic, glimmering sculptures compels us to take a closer look at the beauty of our oceans, rivers, and lakes—and the great perils they are facing. For more about the artist and this extraordinary exhibit, please click here.
Adult Programs
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Sahara Moon will serenade you in the garden with her silvery song and indie flair. The singer-songwriter incorporates a mix of folk, jazz, blues, and vulnerability within her lyrics and guitar techniques. With special guest, Zinnia Moon, the "Moon Sisters" will be sure to enchant you on this summer evening under the stars. 

Grounds open at 6 pm for concertgoers to picnic. Performances begin at 7 pm sharp. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Concerts are rain or shine and will move indoors in case of inclement weather. RRA Members and children under 3 are free; Non-Members $15/person; Students $5.
Cream Tea every Wednesday
Afternoon Tea on Select Sundays

The Secret Tea Room will be back with Cream Tea every Wednesday! Enjoy a selection of brewed-to-perfection teas, small bites, and freshly baked scones with homemade clotted cream and strawberry jam, as well as a complimentary glass of Prosecco or sparkling lemonade. Be sure to bring a friend for this scrumptious tea time! Reservations for 90-minute seatings are available at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Reservations for Sunday Afternoon Tea, which include a selection of delicious desserts, are now open for September 25 and October 23. 90-minute seatings are available at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. Make your reservations today!
Sundays, 9:30 am - 12 pm
September 11, October 9, and November 6

Forest Bathing is a practice that combines a slow walk in a natural area with a clearly defined sequence of guided events that aims to engage humans through their senses not their intellects. The walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires no exceptional skill or physical exertion. 
Wednesday, September 14, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Bask in the splendor of an early September day at the Arboretum! Join John Beirne, Director of Horticulture, for a walkabout to see the garden at its late summer peak. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, or sunglasses if you’re so inclined and have fun!
Friday, September 16, 7 - 9 pm

Come shake and sip the night away at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! We will start the evening by learning the history of three classic cocktails – Cosmopolitan, Daiquiri, and Old Fashioned. Then we’ll learn how to make all three classics and get creative with modified versions to inspire future cocktail making at home. Bar tools and light bites are included. This event is for 21+ only.
Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm

Come celebrate the fall solstice with Tracy Hart of Mindful Life On Demand. Experience breathing exercises, guided meditation, and crystal singing bowls - all of which promote deep relaxation and help us move into the new season with mindful intentions. Bring your own chair or yoga mat. Adults only.
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 - 9 pm

In partnership with the City of Summit’s Shade Tree Advisory Committee, we will present three powerful programs, in our returning series Fall in Love With Trees

In Part 1, we celebrate 12 of the Arboretum’s most iconic trees. Our Director of Horticulture, John Beirne will share the ways Reeves-Reed Arboretum is preserving the genetic legacy of these majestic and ancient trees through proper care, seed propagation for diversity, and vegetative propagation to clone profiles. You will also learn how you can propagate your own most cherished trees, helping to preserve them for future generations.  

This program is being offered onsite and virtually. Onsite space is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Additional Series Topics:
Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Inspired by our lecture with Notable Garden Speaker Louis Bauer, former Director of Horticulture of Wave Hill, we are taking a day trip and tour of Wave Hill this fall!

This urban oasis of 28 acres sits high above the Hudson River with sweeping views, lots of open sky, and enchanting gardens. Our own Director of Horticulture, John Beirne, will lead us on a guided tour to include the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, T.H. Everett Alpine House, Herb, Flower, and Aquatic gardens and more. There will be free time on your own to explore the current art exhibits, gift shop, and café for lunch. Register early as bus seating is limited.
Goat Yoga - Round 2

Did you miss out on registering for Goat Yoga in September? We would love to add another session in October or November. Please click here to email Doreen Schindler and be added to our waitlist. If we have enough goat fans, we will schedule another class!
Children & Family Programs
Please click on the program titles for more information and to register.
Registration is required unless otherwise noted.
Please click here to review our updated masking policies for children's programs.

Grab your sleeping bag, pitch your tent, and settle in for a special autumn evening on the grounds of the Arboretum! There will be live entertainment, night hikes, and of course, s'mores! Registration will begin Tuesday, September 6 at 9 am.  You must be a Family-level member or above to register, and registration is limited to immediate family members.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check that your Family level membership or above is current and your login information is correct and working before you register on September 6. This will expedite your registration process as this event sells out quickly.
Campfire Friends (families w/ children ages 5+)
Friday, September 9, 7 pm
Friday, November 4, 7 pm

Join us for a night of fun around the campfire with stories, songs, games, and interesting nighttime facts. If the sky is clear, we'll do some stargazing and learn about the night sky!

Member registration begins Monday, August 22 at 9 am.
Non-Member registration begins Monday, August 29 at 9am.
Please note: Registration for our fall classes will begin Monday, August 22 at 9 am for members and Monday, August 29 at 9 am for non-members.

Homeschool Happenings (ages 6 - 10)
Every other Tuesday, 10 - 11:30 am, Sept. 13 - October 25
Calling all homeschoolers! Join us for our fall semester of environmental science classes. Learn through experience as we take in the beauty of nature while exploring the grounds of the Arboretum! Each class focuses on a different topic.
September themes: 9/13 Life in the Pond, 9/27 Under a Log

Oaks & Acorns (ages 3-5 w/adult)
Every Wednesday, 1 - 2 pm, September 14 - November 2
Love and respect for nature begin early with this program for preschoolers. Come spend a special hour with your little one exploring a different nature topic each week.
September's dates: 9/14 Pond Life, 9/21 Snakes of NJ, 9/28 Hedgehogs

Every Thursday, 4 - 5 pm, September 15 - November 3
After a long school day, come spend some time outside with nature! A different topic will be explored each week through books, art, and nature walks.
September's topics: 9/15 Animal Senses, 9/22 Fall Equinox, 9/29 Sensational Seeds
Saturdays & Sundays, anytime between 9 am and 3 pm
September 10 - November 13

Explore the Arboretum’s gardens and grounds as autumn brings amazing changes! Stop by the Stackhouse Education Center and borrow a magnifying class (please remember to return it once you’re done), grab an interactive activity guide, and head out to see what wonders big and small await. There may be a surprise, a clue to follow, a mystery to solve, a chance to create, and always an engaging nature activity. Each weekend is a new discovery!
Saturdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

The kids will get outside and enjoy a different project each session that will engage and cultivate wonder in the garden. More details are coming to our website soon!

Save these upcoming dates: September 17, October 1, and October 22

Wednesdays, 4 - 5:30 pm

We'll be getting creative in the historic Wisner House kitchen with these hands-on cooking workshops that will include lots of feasting too! More details are coming to our website soon.

Save these upcoming dates:
September 28 - Global Eats, October 26 - Spooky Treats, December 7 & 8 - Holiday Cookies
Saturdays 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. Registration is required. Please click here or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at
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Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-8787
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. 

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