Cheers to 50 Years!

Join us this Saturday, June 8, at ART in the Garden, as we celebrate 50 years of

educating and inspiring the community through nature!

A Letter From Our Executive Director

Dear Friends,


ART in the Garden is just a few days away! We are busy putting the finishing touches on all the details that go into making this an evening to remember. There is one thing that still needs to happen – we need you to click the link below and join us! ART in the Garden is the best garden party in town and our largest fundraising event, you don’t want to miss it!


I look forward to seeing you there,

ART in the Garden

Come celebrate our 50th Anniversary as a non-profit public arboretum! We are going to party like it's 1974 with live music, specialty cocktails, a full open bar, delectable offerings from David Ellis Events, Live & Silent Auctions, a wine raffle, and a very groovy VW photo booth bus!

Click here for event, ticket, donation & sponsorship information.

Click on program titles for more information and to register.

Registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Adult Programs

Sweets of Summer Floral Workshop

Thursday, June 20, 11 am - 1 pm

Invite the season into your home by creating joyful spring and summer bouquets using fragrant florals! These workshops are led by Daica Skrobala, owner and floral designer of Polycarp Flowers.

The Secret Tea Room - Make your reservations!

Enjoy an enchanting tea service with brewed-to-perfection teas, scrumptious scones, delectable tea sandwiches, and more.

Wednesday Cream Tea: Most Wednesdays through July 17

Sunday Afternoon Tea: June 16, July 14

Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series

Wednesdays, 7 pm (all ages)

Grounds open at 6 pm for concertgoers to picnic and enjoy the gardens. Bring your own picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy these enchanting musical evenings in the garden!

June 26 - Clouds in Our Coffee: A Carly Simon Tribute

July 10 - Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

July 24 - Ryan Hernandez Jazz Quartet

August 14 - Random Test Reggae

Artist's Talk with Susan Darwin - Just added!

Saturday, June 29, 2 - 3:30 pm

Meet artist Susan Darwin as she shares her insights and experiences in crafting her remarkable Location Series: The New Jersey Paintings on view in the Wisner House Gallery through October 31. Registration is recommended, but not required. Light refreshments will be served. 

Forest Bathing Mini-Retreats

Sundays, July 14 and August 11, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Enjoy spiritually and emotionally enriching meditative walks in nature on the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum. Led by Certified Nature & Therapy Guide, Rich Collins.

Free Saturday Garden Tours

Saturdays through October 12, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Meet at the Visitors' Center for a tour of the season's highlights.

Children & Family Programs

Great American Backyard Campout - Members Only

Friday, June 21, 6 pm - Saturday, June 22, 8 am

This year marks Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s 50th anniversary! This special campout is our way of saying THANK YOU to the people who have helped us reach such an impressive milestone – our wonderful members! Pitch your tent, grab your sleeping bag, and settle in for a special evening on the grounds of the Arboretum!

You must be a Family-level member or above to register. Members can only sign up immediate family members and membership must be current on date of event to receive membership benefit. No refunds. Click here to register.

Let's Get Growing!

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am (ages 5-10)

Gardening, nutrition, cooking, and fun! A different topic each week on select Wednesdays.

July 10 - What's the Buzz?

July 17 - A Sunflower Garden

July 31 - Dig In

August 7 - Crafty Gardener

August 21 - Tastes in the Garden

Summer Camp

We have a few openings in the following summer camps. Register today!

Week #3 - June 24 - 28 - Fields of Wonder with BOLD ARTS

Week #4 - July 8 - 12 - Crafty Kids

Week #8 - August 5 - 9 - Explore! Discover! Create!

NEW! Art Exhibit

SUSAN DARWIN'S LOCATION SERIES: The New Jersey Paintings - June 4 through October 31

Through a collection of vibrant and evocative paintings, artist Susan Darwin invites you to traverse the varied landscapes of New Jersey, showcasing renowned monuments and landmarks, as well as shining a spotlight on significant plant and animal species, enriching the viewer’s exploration of the state's natural wonders. All art is for sale and 30% of each sale will be generously donated back to the Arboretum by the artist. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm unless closed for a private event. Please confirm hours before visiting.

Click here for exhibit details and the ARTIST'S TALK event on SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2-3:30 pm.

Volunteer Opportunities

Registration is required for all volunteer opportunities. Click on the titles below for more information. For questions or to register, email Trish Cassin here.

Junior Camp Counselor

Teens 14+ years old are invited to volunteer at our summer nature camp. Junior counselors must be available for a minimum of 4 weeks. Click here and scroll down to Seasonal and Internships for more information.

Education Volunteers

If you have a background in education, or just enjoy nature and working with children, volunteer to assist our educators with our children's programs.

Corporate Volunteer Days!

Book your team's volunteer day in our gardens, trails, and woodlands. Projects run Wednesday - Friday, March - May, and September - October. Click here for details.


Ground Force (ages 14+, 12-13 w/an adult)

Thursdays & Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm

Join our staff outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our grounds.

Woodland Restoration (ages 14+, 12-13 w/an adult)

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Help restore existing trails, plant native trees, remove invasives, and more!

Other News


THANK YOU to everyone who came out in support of the Arboretum's 50th Anniversary at the SUMMIT GARDEN TOUR! Over 230 tickets were sold!

It was a beautiful day for the community to come together to enjoy and celebrate gardens including five private homes, two historic churches, and Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

SPECIAL THANKS to the Summit Garden Club for partnering with us for this special tour and providing 28 volunteers, the very generous homeowners and churches for opening up their gardens, the vendors, AND all of the local sponsors who helped underwrite this event to make it possible!


Debra Dustin, Amy Malik, Carolyn McKibbin, Hadley Peterson, Susan Watts, Calvary Church, United Methodist Church Reeves Memorial Garden


Creative Digital Solutions, The Danish Baking Girl, Frontier Electric, Great Swamp Greenhouses, Maple Magic Confectionery, My Limo, The Nature of Reading Bookshop, Plant Detectives, Pleasant Run Nursery, Polycarp Flowers, The Secret Tea Room, Snakes & Scales LLC, Spiritually Wired, Stefan Teti, The UPS Store of Summit


Can't Contain Myself, Libby and Smee, Polycarp Flowers, Secret Tea Room, Vicki Lederman Ceramics, Waiting for the Sun


If you are not already a member, now is the perfect time to think about becoming one!

SUMMER CONCERTS are FREE for RRA members! Join us on June 26, July 10, July 24, and August 14 for these enchanting evenings of live music in the garden.

Scan the QR code or click here for membership details!


As we usher in our 50th year as a public arboretum we are celebrating with new swag that includes mugs, tote bags, caps, and more, as well as our fundraising 50/50 Raffle! All items are for sale at upcoming programs and events, and during Wisner House hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Questions? Give us a call at 908-273-8787, x1010.

The Arboretum is looking for CORPORATE PARTNERS!

Corporate Sponsorship is a fantastic way to showcase your brand and show your support for the Arboretum. Opportunities are available at nearly every level. For more information contact Patty Butler at (908) 273-8787, x1414 or

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Come take a break and spend some time outdoors.

Nature is healing for your mind, body, and soul.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901

(908) 273-8787

Wisner House Hours: 

10 am - 4 pm Tuesday - Friday

Grounds Open:

9 am - 4 pm daily (Nov - March)

7 am - 7 pm daily (April - October)

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum programs and events in 2023 were made possible, in part, by support from:

Grants / E.J. Grassmann Trust; Garden Clubs of America; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Investors Foundation; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; NJ Historic Trust; Overlook Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Summit Garden Club; 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 Union Foundation

Corporate/Business Sponsors / Bartlett Tree Experts; Barth’s Market; Bassett Associates; Beacon Hill Club; Cambridge Wines; Chubb; Creative Digital Solutions; Douglas Volkswagen + Infiniti; David Ellis Events; The Farm at Green Village; Fisk Foto; Fountainhead Advisors; Great Swamp Nursery; The Gypset; Hadley Peterson Landscaping & Design; Infantini Landscaping; JAM Graphics; James M. Wood, CPA; Java’s Compost; Jennifer Hinger Photography; Kayak East; Leaf + Line; Lees Peck Group/Prominent Properties; Lois Schneider Realtor; Mobility Elevator & Lift Co.; Natale's Bakery; Nexgen Sources; The Oldendorp Group; Peapack Private Wealth Management; Peerless Beverage Co.; PSE&G; Polestar; Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design; Seasons Floral Design; Shoprite; The Secret Tea Room; Silver Lining Jewelry; Sonja Gamgort Design, LLC; Tea & Oranges; Totes Goats, LLC; Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream