Painted Lady Butterfly on Anise Hyssop in the gardens of Reeves-Reed Arboretum
In This Issue
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

So many of us associate the fall season as a winding down of the year. We shelve our short sleeve shirts and sandals, trade the beach gear for school gear, put up storm windows and focus on hunkering down for the cold weather ahead.

And although we'll spend a bit of time this fall cleaning up the gardens and putting 'to bed' our flower and vegetable beds, the next few months at Reeves-Reed Arboretum are nothing close to hunkering down.

What's new this fall, you ask (and I'm glad you did)? Here's just a few items to tease your imagination:
  • September 29, the first annual RRA OKTOBERFEST! Complete with dirndl and lederhosen. Beers and brats, polka and pints - whatever you call it, expect a lot of fun at this sure to be recurring seasonal event!
  • Fall In Love With Trees - 4-part series of lectures on trees, partnering with the City of Summit's Shade Tree Advisoty Committee, starting September 12.
  • Meet-the-Artist Reception for Karen Fitzgerald 360° - Cosmic Landscape Revelations, on September 19. Don't miss this opportunity to get the artist's personal perspective on her extraordinary work.
  • Bus trip to the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, October 16. Get a bird's-eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above the ground - simply thrilling!
  • CELEBRATE FALL, October 20 - our annual autumn festival when we welcome back our herd of 'green goats', enjoy the golden autumn colors and crisp weather, and sample some yummy fare from our many vendors. With Halloween right around the corner, families can explore our Spooky Trail and decorate a pumpkin.
All this and more. Simply go to our website for more information and to register. Don't miss out on the fun. Hunkering down....indeed!!

See you in the garden,
Frank Juliano signature 
Oktoberfest 2019
Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm

According to Ben Franklin, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." So grab your favorite beer drinking friends and come to Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Sunday, September 29, when Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden turns the Arboretum into a beer garden with OKTOBERFEST 2019!

Sponsored by Peerless Beverage Company, supplying Warsteiner Beer, and The Meat House, offering bratwurst and pretzels, and accompanied by the popular oompah band, Doppelgänger, this festival is sure to turn into a recurring seasonal hit.

Brewed in Amsberg Forest Nature Park in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, Warsteiner is considered one of Germany's leading premium pilsner brands. Rated among "the best in Summit", The Meat House will be providing both the sustenance as well as the service for the Arboretum's Oktoberfest 2019. And a little about Doppelgänger...well, picture a 5 piece band dressed in German attire, featuring an accordion, clarinet, tuba, guitar, drums and vocals, and you're set for an afternoon fête of fun and frolic in the garden. And in true Oktoberfest style, the band and tables will be under a large tent!

Oktoberfest attire highly encouraged! There will be special prizes for best costumes.  If beer is not your beverage of choice, a limited amount of German/Austrian wine and other non-beer options will be available.

Oktoberfest 2019 is a fundraiser for the Arboretum. Admission to the afternoon's flavorful festivities is $100 per person with a special RRA member rate of $75 per person for a limited time. Purchases of 8 or more people in one transaction will guarantee a reserved table for your party. Admission includes bottomless beer, a bratwurst, and a pretzel. You must be 21 and over to attend the Oktoberfest. And the  first 200 guests will receive a customized 22 ounce beer stein!

Please click here for more information and to register!

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!

Adult Education
Garden Photo Walk
Wednesday, September 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 am

Enjoy a casual photo walk through our colorful and lush gardens with community photo expert Theresa Keil of Mack Camera. Bring your DSLR or point and shoot camera and learn how to take both zoom and wide angle photographs of natural objects such as flowers and waterfalls. Exposure settings and general focus guidance will be available for those who request extra help. Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

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.
Shoot from the Hip...Great Photos
with Lisa Berkery
Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

The potential for professional-quality photography rides in your pocket wherever you go!

Come find out how to make your iPhone photos pop. Capture great stories and grow your social following with this workshop led by photographer Lisa Berkery of Lisa Berkery Photography!  Registration is required. 

Please click here to register.

Family Programs
Nocturnal Neighbors: Barn Owls
(for families with children ages 5 and up)
Friday, September 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 

Join us as we go in search of the owls!  Don't forget, each Nocturnal Neighbors includes a campfire and s'mores.  Registration is required.

Please click here for more information.

What's the Buzz?
(for families with children ages 4 and up)
Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 

Join Director of Education (and resident beekeeper), Jackie Kondel, as she explains the inner workings of a beehive and dispels some of the misconceptions people may have about bees. Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

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

Our weekly drop-in program focuses this week on Animal Homes! 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!

Children's Programs
Kids Can Cook: Global Flavors
(for children ages 5 to 10)
Wednesday, September 25 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Kids, join us at the Arboretum to experience great tasting and exotic flavors from around the world! We'll experiment with ingredients to create a savory and sweet treat. Registration is required and space is limited.

Please click here to register.

Let's Get Growing: Pumpkins & Potatoes
(for children ages 5 to 10)
Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 am

Fall is the best season for all things Pumpkin and Potato. Let's pick a pumpkin, plant a spud and sample an autumnal treat!  Registration is required.  

Please click here to register.

Oaks and Acorns
(for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult)
Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This fall we will celebrate New Jersey and learn about all the things that make this state great! From the state bird, through to the state insect, each class will focus on a different state symbol and include a nature walk, story, and a one-of-a-kind art project. Registration is required.

Please click here to for a list of topics and to register.

Other News
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.

Autumn 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


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Karen Fitzgerald 360°
Cosmic Landscape Revelations

Gilded tondo oil paintings and watercolor landscapes,
as seen through a looking glass

Through November 3  in Wisner House Gallery

Please join us for the artist reception 
on Thursday, September 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey  07901



Office Hours:     10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday

Grounds open:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily (November through March)

 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily (April through October)