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Goat Grazing and Gazing at Reeves-Reed Arboretum...
No 'Kid'ing!

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Summit, NJ On October 20, Reeves-Reed Arboretum will unleash a herd of goats on the steep sides of the Arboretum's historic Daffodil Bowl to begin clearing away a year's worth of wildflower growth, invasive vines and weeds, allowing for the annual restoration and replanting of the Bowl with bulbs for a spectacular spring show.

Why goats? They're basically nature's lawnmowers. "Goats eat all day," says RRA's Executive Director Frank Juliano. "And what a wonderful way to engage and educate our community about an eco-friendly process that ordinarily takes months of hard, hand-labor to achieve."

The Arboretum has engaged Lawrence Cihanek, owner of Green Goats, in Rhinebeck, NY, a company that oversees the use of goats as an environmentally friendly and sustainable tool for clearing hard to manage areas that might otherwise be hazardous to human volunteers.

In addition to treating the goats to a non-stop buffet, the Arboretum's education and horticulture staff will use this opportunity to encourage other eco-land management practices. And, as an added incentive, visitors will be offered the chance to sponsor a goat and help support the Arboretum's new "green goats initiative." Just go to our website and click on the "green goats" link, and for $25 per goat, you can send a "kid" to the Arboretum! Of course, your sponsorship is fully tax-deductible.

The goats arrive on October 20 and will be on hand for at least two weeks. And they will certainly be the featured "guests" during the annual CELEBRATE FALL festival on October 26.

For more information, please check our website, www.reeves-reedarboretum.org or call the office at 908-273-8787.

About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum seeks to engage, educate and enrich the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn til dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, 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.

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