It's time to stop by and smell the roses!

ART in the Garden - Thank You!

Dear Friends,

What a magical evening - the food, music, atmosphere, and most importantly having so many people gathered together in support of the Arboretum made this year's ART in the Garden one to remember! What a wonderful celebration of the Arboretum's 50th anniversary and the families who helped make it possible.

If you didn't get a chance to make a donation in support of this year's event, you can still do so by clicking here.

SPECIAL THANKS to our Honorees: The Reed and Hubbard Families and the City of Summit for their efforts back in 1974 in preserving these 13.5 acres as a public garden.

AND TO THE FOLLOWING who helped make this event a success:

RRA Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and Individual Sponsors

ART in the Garden Committee: Stacie Powers (Chair), Sonja Gamgort, Carolyn McKibbin

Art Exhibit: Susan Darwin's Locations Series: The New Jersey Paintings

Event Planning/Catering: David Ellis Events

Flowers: Carolyn McKibbin, Christine Mellusi (Bloom Wildly Florals), Tina Shih 

Music: Lenox Underground, Ryan Hernandez 

Outdoor Sculptures: Kaete Brittin Shaw 

Photography: Metro Photo Bus, New Moon Photography, Guests, and Volunteers


Scarlet Oak: CHUBB

Sugar Maple: Bassett Associates, Deloitte, Lucid Motors, PwC                    

European Beech: Bartlett Tree Experts, KPMG LLP, Hadley Peterson Landscape Design, Tea & Oranges

Tulip Tree: Harbour Bridge Advisors, Landmark Hospitality 

Garden Friend: Emily Lafrinere Team / Compass Realty, Country Club Services, Elisse Glennon Consulting, Fusion Staffing Partners, Peapack Gladstone Wealth Advisors, Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design, Virtu Financial

In-Kind: Creative Digital Solutions, David Ellis Events  

Visit us on Facebook and Instagram @reevesreedarboretum

for photos of the event!

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

Explore your creative side with a summer floral adventure! Make a hot and fun arrangement for the perfect summer vibes. Workshops are led by Daica Skrobala, owner and floral designer of Polycarp Flowers.

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

The Secret Tea Room

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: July 14

Artist's Talk with Susan Darwin

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.

Just Added! Arboretum Explorers: Meadowlands Sunset Kayak Tour

Thursday, August 1, 6 - 9 pm

Enjoy a beautiful sunset tour with the NYC skyline as the backdrop. This tour is rated easy and great for paddlers of any skill level. Register today as the kayak tours fill quickly!

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, A few spots left!!!

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.

**NEW! Summer Watering Volunteers Needed ASAP!**

Join us Thursday, June 20 or 27 from 10 am - 12 pm for our irrigation volunteer training. We will train all participants and develop a team who can help us keep the gardens lush and green all summer long. We are committed to continuing our sustainable water-wise practices as we move into our 50th year. We hope you can assist us with this endeavor! Email Trish Cassin here to register.

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


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, x1515 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