Flowering Crabapples Framing Wisner House, May 2022
From Our Executive Director
Dear Friends,

Our biggest event of the year, ART in the Garden is just one month away! We are thrilled to be honoring the Summit Free Market and their efforts in reducing the amount of material making its way into the waste stream. What impresses me most about this initiative is the fact that it is changing the way we think about the items we no longer want; there is an alternative to just throwing things away! It is one small step we can all take to be a little more sustainable. At this year's event, we will also be highlighting practices we are adopting here at the Arboretum to lessen our impact on this beautiful planet and will be featuring several eco-friendly auction packages.

Click here for more information and to purchase a sponsorship, tickets, or an ad to congratulate the Summit Free Market. The deadline to purchase an ad is May 7.

I look forward to seeing you all at ART in the Garden!

Until next time,
Please click on the titles for more information and to register.
Plant Sale & Pre-Sale Orders
Pre-Order Deadline Extended Until May 5!!

Don't miss our annual plant sale of perennials, natives, deer resistant, shade tolerant and pollinator plants.

To PRE-ORDER your favorites click our pre-sale link here.

Plant Sale Dates and Times:
Friday, May 6, 2-7 pm - RRA Members Only
Saturday, May 7, 10 am - 3 pm - Open to the Public
Sunday, May 8, 10 am - 3 pm - Open to the Public
Art in the Garden
Saturday, June 4, 6 - 11 PM

Tickets are on sale now! Online bidding opens June 1.
For more information about our largest fundraiser of the year featuring live and silent auctions, a wine raffle, live music with Lenox Underground and amazing cocktail reception catered by David Ellis Events, please click here.
Adult Programs

Are deer ruining your landscape and costing you time and money? Join us as we talk with Peter Aquilina, an expert in deer behavior and deer exclusion techniques. Feel free to bring your lunch and get ready to learn.
May 5 and 16, June 14 and 21, 7 pm

This outdoor experience will include breathing exercises, guided meditation, and crystal singing bowls, all of which promote deep relaxation and healing of the mind and body. Bring your own chair or yoga mat and anything else needed for comfort (e.g. bug spray) to be outside. 
May 11 and 15, June 12 and 22, 1:30 pm

Meet with our horticulturists for seasonally informative 'talks and tours' in the garden. See what's new, what's in bloom and improve your knowledge or learn more about the history of Reeves-Reed Arboretum. This program is considered continuing education for Garden Docents and Docents-in-Training, but the general public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Fascinator Workshop:
Wed., May 18, 1:30 - 3 pm OR Sat., May 21, 1:30 - 3 pm
Tea Party: Thursday, May 26, 1 - 2:30 pm

You’ll be the belle of the ball when you make your own fascinator and show it off at our private tea party! All supplies are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring personal touches from home to make these living hats truly unique!
(For adults and children ages 13 and up.)
Sunday, June 5, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Led by an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructor from Kayak East, this tour is rated "Easy" meaning no experience is necessary. This tour is great for families and paddlers of any skill level. Photographers, bird-watchers and anyone who wants to get outside and enjoy nature will also love it! (All ages. 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult, children ages 6-12 years must share a tandem kayak with an adult.)
Wednesday, June 15, 9:30 am

Join us as we explore two local gardens, Greenwood Gardens of Short Hills and Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, and learn about the horticulture and history of these two local gems. Between tours we'll enjoy an enchanting 'Secret Tea Room' at the Arboretum. Space is limited, so register early.
Sunday, June 26, Seatings at 11:30 am & 2:00 pm

Food blogger Manasi (@manasiny) gives a fresh take on the classic afternoon tea, infusing it with the spices, flavors and colors of India. This is an exciting new offering not to be missed! 

Enjoy other pop-up tea and coffee events overlooking the gardens this spring:

Cream Tea 5/4, 5/25, 6/8, 6/22
Coffee, Tea & Pastries 5/6, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24
Coffee Workshops 5/20, 6/17
Special Sunday Cream Tea 5/29
Children & Family Programs
Please click on the 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.

Tuesdays, 4 - 5 pm
Next week's topic: Amazing Migrations

Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am - 3 pm

Drop by the Stackhouse Education Center for this self-guided program for families with children ages 3+. Each week is a new discovery! Registration is not required for Discovery Weekends and this program is free to our visitors; however, please consider making a donation of any size to help support the many valuable educational programs offered at the Arboretum. Donation boxes are located throughout the property.
Saturdays, 9:30 - 11 am

May 7 - Trellising Beans & Things
May 21 - Strawberries & Tomatoes

If your child likes building things and finding out how things grow, then this interactive, hands-on garden DIY program is for them!
May 20, 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!
June 24, 6 pm - June 25, 8 am

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 of course, s'mores!!   Registration will begin Wednesday, June 1 at 9:00 am. You must be a Family-level member or above to register. Cost is $10 per person, children under 3 are free.

Art Exhibit
February 1 - May 8, 2022

Please note: The exhibit will be open late the evening of Tuesday, May 3 until 8 pm as part of the Summit Arts Festival!

Our current art exhibition features works by photographer Leonard McDonald and abstract artist Tracey Luckner. All art is for sale, and the artists will generously donate 30% of all purchases to Reeves-Reed Arboretum. For more about the exhibit click here.
Volunteer Opportunities
May 6, 7, and 8th
The plant sale is fast approaching, and we need your help to make this special event a success! Volunteer shifts are available on Friday, May 6, between 11am and 8pm, as well as Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, between 9am and 4pm. Have questions? Want to register to volunteer? Email t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787 x1616

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. Registration is required in case of cancellations. Please click here to register, or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org
Other News
May 1 - 14

Reeves-Reed Arboretum will be participating in the 2022 Summit Arts Festival. Enjoy FREE music, art, theatre, and dance events throughout Summit! For more information click here. To read NJ Patch's article about the upcoming festival, click here.
RRA Events:
Tuesday, May 3, 10 AM - 8 PM - NATURE: In and Out of Focus
Extended hours; The gallery will be open until 8 PM for the festival. Click here for details.

Saturday, May 7, 7 PM - OPERA UNDER THE STARS: The True Story of Cinderella
Brought to you by The Continuo Arts Foundation in the Arboretum's Amphitheater. Click here for details.
Arboretum Wines are for sale through June 15

We have partnered with Old York Cellars to offer a series of red, white and blush wines that give back to the Arboretum with each purchase. Buy a gift set of all three, or individual bottles. Give them a try or purchase as a gift for someone special. You'll be supporting our gardens and environmental programs, too! Click here for details and to order. CHEERS and thank you!
If you haven't had the chance to stop by and see our iconic daffodils in full bloom this month, and even if you have, you'll want to check out this drone video courtesy of NJ.COM! Click here!
Bryan and his family were super excited to find out they guessed the correct number of candies in our Daffodil Day Guessing Jar! SWEET!

Make sure the kids enter to win our next Guessing Jar at Celebrate Fall in October.
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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. 

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

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