Picnicking at Sounds of a Summer Night, 2022
From Our Executive Director
Are you familiar with the author, Ilan Shamir? He is the inspiration behind the Advice from Nature series. One of our board members recently shared one of his pieces with me, and it reminded me of some of the basic life lessons we can learn from the flora and fauna around us. Trees, for example, can share many lessons with us: how to stand tall and proud, enjoy the view, and remember your roots. Butterflies show us that change can be beautiful and that it’s important to take time to smell the flowers.

Next time you are visiting the Arboretum, take a few moments and notice some of the messages that can be found by observing the plants and animals found here. There is always something to see and learn if you take a few minutes to look!

Until next time,
Adult Programs
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CC & The Boys will bring the Grand Ole Opry to Reeves-Reed Arboretum this August! The band, well known for their old-school country and southern blues charm (with a twist), will bring high energy and excitement to the gardens. So get your boots on and be ready to dance!

Sahara Moon will serenade you in the garden this summer with her silvery song and indie flair. The singer-songwriter, inspired by artists Norah Jones and Brandi Carlile, 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.
Sunday, September 11, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Join Rich Collins, a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), for our new Forest Bathing sessions this fall.

Forest Bathing is a practice that combines a slow walk in a natural area with a clearly defined sequence of guided events that provide structure to the experience. It takes a holistic view of the physiological, mental, emotional, and psycho-spiritual benefits to be derived from an embodied contact with nature, and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellects. This practice can be viewed as an effective strategy to maintain and boost immune strength in human beings. The walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires no exceptional skill or physical exertion. 

For full details and registration information, visit our website link by clicking the title above. Additional dates: October 9 and November 6
Mixology Class: Shake the Night Away
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. No refunds.
Member registration is open. Non-member registration begins August 8 at 9 am.
Saturday, September 17, 10 - 11 am

Enjoy an early morning yoga class in our garden and experience what goat yoga is all about! This joyful class will help you clear your mind, relax and have fun with some playful lovable goats. 

Please dress comfortably, bring your own yoga mat (or towel) and water bottle, and arrive a few minutes early to get settled. The class will meet in the Keller Azalea Garden. No prior yoga experience is required. Space is limited – so register early!
Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Inspired by our evening 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.
Every Wednesday, beginning August 31

The Secret Tea Room will be back with Cream Teas every Wednesday! Enjoy a selection of brewed-to-perfection teas, small bites, and freshly baked scones with homemade clotted cream and strawberry jam. Be sure to bring a friend for this scrumptious afternoon! Reservations are available at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Seatings are 1.5 hours.
Children & Family Programs
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Registration is required unless otherwise noted.
Please click here to review our updated masking policies for children's programs.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to camp out, so grab your sleeping bag, pitch your tent, 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! This event will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given.

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.
Wednesday, August 17, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Creatures big and small visit the summer garden. We'll take a hike through our meadow and on our trails to learn interesting facts about our garden friends.

It’s no secret that tea time is a wonderful experience to be shared with friends. Adults have been partaking in this ritual for centuries. What makes this tea extra special is that it’s just for kids! In this program, we will be joined by Richard Wright, owner of The Secret Tea Room, who will guide us through the process of making freshly baked chocolate scones and delicious summer tea.
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.

Every other Tuesday, 10 - 11:30 am, September 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

Every Wednesday, 1 - 2 pm, September 14 - November 2
Love and respect for nature begin early with this program for pre-schoolers. Come spend a special hour with your little one exploring a different nature topic each week.

September's dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

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
Art
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. Click here.

'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.
Through Wednesday, May 31, 2023

We are happy to welcome two new sculptures to our garden by local artist Donna Conklin King: Alternate Universe and Monument for Healing. Donna Conklin King is a contemporary American artist known for her concrete sculptures. Her work explores the relationship between nature, architecture, and the ruins of civilization, creating settings that reveal the complexities of the human condition. For more about the artist and the sculptures, please click here.
Volunteer
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 to register, or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org
Other News
The Monarchs are Here!

Our pollinator garden outside the Stackhouse Education Center is a site that provides milkweed, nectar sources, and shelter needed for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration through North America. The garden is certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation.

Stop by the education center on your next visit and see the beautiful monarchs that are visiting!

We've also added hummingbird feeders throughout the gardens so you will see many of them fluttering about the grounds as well!
We Have a New Bog Garden...

Courtesy of local Eagle Scout Troop #68. Come check it out on your next visit! It's just beyond the fish pond near the hummingbird sculpture. You'll see some really cool pitcher plants and Venus flytraps!

Thank you, Eagle Scouts!!
Spotted Lanternfly
Be on the look out for spotted lanternflies! They are in the nymph stage right now and look like the photos here. They can be black or red with white spots and jump. Help stomp them out!

"This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops and hardwood trees. SLF feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in NJ."

For more information about lanternflies and reporting them, please visit the NJ Department of Agriculture website here.
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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.