Daffodils are blooming at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! (April 2019)
In This Issue
Letter from the Executive Director
Annunciation, gilded oil painting by Karen Fitzgerald
Dear Friends, 

Meet  The Supremes!

I'm not referring to the classic '62 girl group pop album of the same name but rather something more timely and immediate.  Meet six amazing ladies whose efforts, both individually and collectively, have set the bar high for leadership and service in this community. Six women whose commitment to good works is tinged with an air of supreme confidence, and whose humility makes space for new possibilities.  Allow me to introduce you to The Summit Supremes - Muggins Badgley, Millie Cooper, Betse Gump, Gail Malin, Susan Watts, and Betsy Wesson - this year's honorees at ART in the Garden,  June 8.

I don't believe there are many in this community unfamiliar with or who haven't been touched by these passionate ladies.  They have selflessly served or continue to serve and support such organizations as the Junior League of Summit, the Visual Arts Center, Overlook Hospital, and of course,  Reeves-Reed Arboretum. In fact, without their initial support and vision, and now their continued maintenance, there would probably have never been an Arboretum in Summit. 

You know them, either personally or by reputation.  They don't give to get. They give to inspire others to give. They do things right, and do the right things. They are your family, your neighbors, and your friends. They are "you" by example.  And now we ask you to join the Trustees and the Staff of  Reeves-Reed Arboretum, in publicly recognizing and acknowledging their service.

Come to ART in the Garden on June 8 and meet the Supremes!


Frank Juliano signature

Please click here for more information about ART in the Garden.

Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day!
This Sunday, April 14 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Step back to the 1970's and celebrate the arrival of spring and the inception of the Arboretum! Daffodil Day "Flower Power" will feature activities the entire family will enjoy!
  • Exotic animal shows with Nature Nick's Animal Adventures
  • Flower focused games, crafts and planting projects
  • Photos among the Daffodils with professional photographer Bruce Lorenz
  • Edible Flowers Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dance workshops with BOLD Arts
  • Face Painting
  • Food vendors including Pizza Vita, Bites and Bowls, Danish Baking Girl, Maple Magic, Northeast Kettle Korn, Frank's Pickled Peppers and Mike's Ice Cream Truck
  • Craft vendors including Glass Garden and The Orchidist
  • CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers exhibit by photographer John Koeniger
Free for RRA Members! Pre-registration is not required.

Put the 'PUB' in Public Gardens
California Dreaming...A Wine Tasting
Friday, April 26 from 7 :00 pm to 9:30 pm

Few pairings in the culinary world are more decadent than wine and cheese. Join us at our spring Put the 'PUB' in Public Garden event, for an exploration of this delicious kinship between Duckhorn Vineyards and a curated selection of California cheeses.

Taken on their own, these wines will please even the most discerning of palates, yet wine and cheese complement each other perfectly. They are natural partners that give you the chance to discover their subtle and sublime harmonies - bringing out the best in both.

The Duckhorn Portfolio helped set the standard for American fine wine for more than four decades. Founded with the launch of Duckhorn Vineyards in 1976, the Duckhorn portfolio has evolved to include 8 wineries, each with its own dedicated winemaker and focused winegrowing program from which to make terroir-driven wines yielding "a sumptuous hedonistic expression of the grape." A featured selection for this special tasting will be the award-winning Decoy 2018 Rosé, specifically harvested to preserve the wine's beautiful aromatics, pure fruit flavors and crisp mouthfeel - a perfect garden party selection!

Please click here to register.

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

Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in this engaging weekly class.  Take nature walks, tell stories, and create a one-of-a-kind art project every week.  This shared nature experience is one you both will treasure! The April 10 Oaks and Acorns is about the Daffodils! Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Nocturnal Neighbors: Beavers!
(for families with children ages 5 and up)
Friday, April 12 from 7 :00 pm to 8:30 pm

This year, we will explore beyond the gates of the Arboretum and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live both near and far. Each Nocturnal Neighbors will focus on a different animal and includes a hike, fun activities, and...a story with s'mores by the campfire. Registration is required; be sure to reserve your spot early since this program fills up fast!

Please click here to register.

April Mini-Camps

Make the most of your child's spring break by enrolling him/her in one of our mini-camps! Each day will focus on a different topic and age group, and will include crafts, games and time outdoors. A great way to keep your kids busy learning and having fun! Please click on the titles below for more information and to register:

  • Tuesday, April 16 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Nature Sleuths (for children ages 4 to 6)
  • Wednesday, April 17 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Garden Palooza (for children ages 4 to 8)
  • Thursday, April 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Skull and Bones (for children ages 5 to 10)

Amazing Arboretum Challenge:
Earth Day Edition
(for children ages 6 and up)
Monday, April 22 from 4 :00 pm to 5:30 pm

Are you ready for a fun, new challenge? Come to the Arboretum after school on April 22 for a very special Earth Day edition of the Arboretum Challenge! We'll show you how to use a map and a compass so that you can search for clues to solve a puzzle. The themed riddles are sure to make you think, all while learning more about the importance of Earth Day. Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

The Nature of Birds: Beautiful Birds
(for ages 8 and up)
Saturday, May 4 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
(participants sign up for half hour sessions)

Our collaboration with The Morris County School of Glass continues with a program on Birds! The sounds of Spring are finally here and you can capture the moment in glass at MCSOG. Sculpt a beautiful colorful bird out of glass and connect to nature. Your little glass bird will be a reminder that Spring always comes!

After the glass cools overnight, pick it up at RRA any Saturday in May from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and learn about the many incredible birds that call the Arboretum home. Each week you will learn about a new bird through experiments, stories, games and crafts.

Please click here to register.

Adult Programs  
Propagation for Beginners: Starting from Seed
(for adults)
Wednesday, April 17 from 1 :30 pm to 3:00 pm

In this workshop, learn basic seed starting techniques, and leave with some planted containers of vegetables an/or annuals to grow in your garden. This class will meet in the Louise Muncie Roehm Greenhouse. Registration is required. 

Please click here to register.

Weed or Wildflower?
(for adults)
Wednesday, April 24 from 1 :30 pm to 3:00 pm

From understanding the nomenclature of how we refer to natives and exotics, debunking misconceptions, early identification, to methods of control and preventative practices, this class will cover it all! Class will meet on the Wisner House Sun Porch, followed by a tour of the grounds.  Registration is required.

Please click here to register.

Mother's Day Tea
Sunday, May 12 at 1:00  pm

Treat your mother, grandmother, or special person in your life to an elegant afternoon of high tea at the Arboretum!  The luncheon will feature a multi-course sampling of scrumptious scones, tantalizing tea sandwiches, and delectable desserts, all artfully prepared by David Ellis Events.  After tea, take a self-guided stroll about the spring gardens.

Registration is required.  Please click here to register.

Summer Camp Registration
RRA Summer Camps: 
Registration is Underway!

Registration is going on and camps are filling up, so don't wait to register!

Please click here for a complete listing of our summer camp options. 

Other News
Spring and Summer 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 t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org


Volunteers Needed for Daffodil Day!
Sunday, April 14

Calling all volunteers! Step back to the 1970s and celebrate the arrival of spring at the Arboretum! This year's theme for Daffodil Day is "Flower Power" and will feature activities that the entire family can enjoy! We will also need Volunteer Power to ensure the day is a huge success. Volunteers (ages 13 through adult) will help with fun activities, crafts and exhibits. Sign up for one of our three shifts: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm; 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm; or 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org to sign up or for more information.  


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What's in Bloom Now!
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Close-Ups: The Secret Life of Flowers

Photographs by John Koeniger

On display in Wisner House through May 12.


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