"If we spend our days waiting for roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder

of the tiny forget-me-nots all around us."

Summit Garden Tour


Thursday, May 30, 10 am - 3 pm

In partnership with the Summit Garden Club, we are excited to announce the Summit Garden Tour in celebration of the Arboretum’s 50th Anniversary. Your ticket includes a self-guided tour of 8 uniquely designed gardens in Summit that are sure to give you lots of inspiration for your own garden, spring tea from the Secret Tea Room, a pop-up garden shop, and more! Click here for tickets and details.

THANK YOU to the following sponsors who helped underwrite this event!

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

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

Seasonal Floral Workshops

Thursdays, May 23 and 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.

Forest Bathing Mini-Retreats

Sundays, May 26, July 14, and August 11, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Thursday, June 20, 6 - 8:30 pm - Summer Solstice!

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

Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series

Just Added! 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 - 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 (Father's Day), July 14

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!

**Registration will begin Wednesday, May 29 at 9 am.** You must be a Family-level member or above. Members can only sign up immediate family members. Membership must be current on date of event to receive membership benefit. No refunds. Click here.

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

Week #4 - July 8 - 12 - Crafty Kids

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

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!

Art Exhibit

NATURE EPHEMERAL - Final weeks through May 30!

Susan Richman's exhibition offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the transient allure of nature's fleeting wonders. All works are for sale and the artist will donate 30% to the Arboretum. The Wisner House Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, except when closed for private events. Click here for exhibit and artist details.

Other News


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

Registration for our Members Only Great American Backyard Campout begins Tuesday, May 29 at 9 am and you must be a Family Member or above to attend. And don't forget our summer concerts are FREE for members!

Scan the QR code or click here for 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 p.butler@reeves-reedarboretum.org.

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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