The Susie Graham Reeves Rose Garden, June 2022
Adult Programs
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Wednesday, June 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. 

Sunday, June 26, Seatings at 11:30 am & 2 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!

Tuesday, June 28, 1 pm
Opulent Obsessions Boutique of Downtown Summit and the Secret Tea Room are delighted to host an Extra Special Cream Tea, especially for women in business. Enjoy a relaxed, unrushed tea service served with scones, sandwiches, desserts, and a glass of prosecco whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens of Reeves-Reed Arboretum. This will be a lovely opportunity to wear summer dresses and hats, if you fancy a bit of dressing up, whilst enjoying a chat with old and new friends. 

Wednesday, June 29, Seatings at 11:30 am & 2 pm
To mark the Platinum Jubilee and honor the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth, we will celebrate with a special tea service. Enjoy freshly baked scones and sandwiches along with fabulous desserts worthy of the occasion, complemented with our exquisite tea (limitless). Then raise your glasses of Pimms Cocktail or sparkling pink lemonade for a toast and expect rousing classics played by Steve Teti on the grand piano to celebrate this special occasion!

Enjoy other pop-up tea and coffee events overlooking the gardens this June:
Wednesday, July 13, 7 pm

The Suyat Band will be bringing a touch of Hawaii to the Mainland and Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Steadily building a reputation as one of the most consistently crowd-pleasing live acts on the East Coast, The Suyat Band delivers high-energy hits from yesterday and today with rock-solid musicianship and warm-hearted Aloha spirit. Led by its namesake, Hawaiian-born Matthew Suyat, a champion at the Apollo Theater and American Idol Top 24 Finalist, the band has performed at such historic venues as NYC's BB King's, Stephen's Talkhouse, and NJ's Wellmont Theater.

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 are free; Non-Members $15/person; Students $5.

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Thursday, July 28, 6 - 9 pm

With the NYC skyline as a backdrop, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find great paddling in the Meadowlands. The many creeks, sweeping through grassy hills and phragmites, offer an ecological system of tidal waters, where wading birds and other wildlife forage for food in the mud flats at low tide. This is a great daytime paddle and home to some beautiful sunsets. Witness this unexpected gem right under our noses.

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 for paddlers of any skill level.
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.
Wednesday, July 13, 4 - 5:30 pm (children ages 5-10)

It’s no secret that tea time is a wonderful experience to be shared with friends. Adults have been partaking of 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.
Friday, July 15, 7 pm (families w/ children ages 5+)

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!

Have the kids join us for summer adventures in the garden during select Wednesdays in July and August! Mark your calendars, details will be up on the website soon.

July 13 - Bug Mania
July 27 - Garden Scavenger Hunt
August 3 - The Crafty Gardener
August 17 - Garden Creatures
August 24 - Tastes in the Garden
Art Exhibits
Through Sunday, October 30, 2022

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 Opportunities
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 in case of cancellations. Please click here to register, or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at
Other News
Story Trail
Take a walk on our “Woodland Trail” and read along with us!
“Once There Was a Tree” is a story about a tree in the forest split in two by lightning when a storm occurs. After the storm stops, the tree is cut down to a stump and begins to get many unusual visitors! 
So Much History!
Many of you know the history of Reeves Reed Arboretum’s wonderful daffodil bowl and how the families who owned this property maintained it. However, there is an even older history of 165 Hobart Avenue that is intriguing and fascinating.

Read one of our recent blog posts by Environmental Educator, Marilyn Kelly, to find out all about it!
Weed It or Keep It?
Read our latest gardening blog post from Arboretum Horticulturist, Laura Gilkey and find out!
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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, and Renna Media.

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