October 2011 Cuttings

Autumn is Awesome!

October brings a welcome chill to the morning air here at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and the first twinges of fall color are starting to show in the dogwood trees. Chipmunks are absolutely everywhere, avidly collecting beech nuts and acorns to last them through the cold winter months ahead. This October, we’re looking forward to a couple of special events that we’ve been planning as a way to commemorate the autumn season and share the beauty of the Arboretum with you.

Red-twig dogwood (Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'), Evergold sedge (Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'), Mocha alumroot (Heuchera x villosa 'Mocha'), and Matrix Morpheus pansy (Viola Matrix TM Morpheus) displayed in a festive autumn arrangement on the Upper Terrace.

Upcoming October Events

Saturday, October 15 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm marks the first annual Gardener’s Gathering here at Reeves-Reed! This day-long festival includes a daffodil bulb sale, garden tours, demonstrations, a photography workshop, and a plant sale featuring plant material from the Arboretum’s gardens. Special presentations by Barbara Pierson from White Flower Farm and Kathleen Gagan from Peony’s Envy will add to the enjoyment of the day. In addition to White Flower Farm and Peony’s Envy, exhibitors will include the Arboretum horticulture staff, Union County Master Gardeners, Bartlett Tree Experts, contemporary American impressionist artist Lisa Palombo, and New Jersey Audubon Society. Early birds are welcome to attend a photography workshop from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. For more information and to register, visit the Gardener’s Gathering webpage at http://reeves-reedarboretum.org/gardenersGathering.php

On Sunday, October 30 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, join us for our annual autumn festival, Celebrate Fall! Grab your overalls and straw hats and come on down to the Arboretum for an afternoon of old-fashioned family fun!  Enjoy country fair style food, petting zoo, crafts and games.  Get in the Halloween spirit with our annual costume parade, "Spooky" Trail, pumpkin carving contest, and scarecrow display.

And if you’re feeling creative, you can even build your own scarecrow and enter it into our first-ever Scarecrows on Parade competition! For more information and to register, visit the Celebrate Fall webpage at http://reeves-reedarboretum.org/celebratefall.php.

Garden Highlights

When you visit the Arboretum this month, be sure to pop into the Louise B. Roehm Greenhouse, where you can warm up for a bit and observe some exotic and unusual botanical specimens. Blooming right now is the White Bat Flower, Tacca integrifolia, which has one of the most unusual-looking flowers in the plant kingdom. The Louise B. Roehm Greenhouse is open Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

The White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia), with its spectacularly bizarre blooms, struts its stuff in the Louise B. Roehm Greenhouse.

October Gardening Tips

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has officially named October Fall Gardening Month! October is the perfect time to plant new perennials, deciduous trees and shrubs, and spring-flowering bulbs – cooler weather encourages plants to put energy into root development, helping them get established in the garden.

Volunteering at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum is another great way to celebrate Fall Gardening Month – please consider joining us for some quality time in our gardens! For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Lisa Martin at l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum or (908) 273-8787 ext. 2222.