Gateway Project – June Update
The Gateway Project is complete, and we invite you to visit Reeves-Reed Arboretum to enjoy our stunning new landscape, entrance patio, and pedestrian walkways! After major construction was completed in April, the month of May was spent working with volunteers and interns to plant the newly-renovated garden areas – in all, over 1,100 new plants were installed, and more than 70 volunteers pitched in to help!
Spring interns Emily Kamen, Nicole Arata, Kristen Kelly, and Alec Kaisand plant an American elm tree in one of the new Gateway Project planting beds with horticulturist Julieanne Frascinella.
A dedication ceremony was held on May 20, 2013 to celebrate the completion of this exciting project. Arboretum President Scott Hayward and Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson cut the ceremonial ribbon with a pair of garden shears, symbolically opening the new landscape to the public.
Arboretum President Scott Hayward and Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson cut the ceremonial ribbon with enthusiastic assistance from Executive Director Frank Juliano.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum is thankful for the support of the following individuals and organizations, whose generous financial contributions have made the Gateway Project a reality:
The Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund
The Summit Area Public Foundation
The Hyde-Watson Foundation
The Manley-Winser Foundation
The New Jersey Member Clubs of the Garden Club of America
The Union Foundation
The National Garden Clubs
The Garden Club of New Jersey
The Estate of Helen Sinkez
The success of this project also owes much to the professional contributions of the following firms, whose exacting work and collaborative approach have been without parallel:
Apgar Associates – land surveying
Bosenberg & Company – landscape architecture services
Iannella Masonry Construction - masonry, construction, and general contractor
Webster Associates – historic landscape consulting
Lush plantings and attractive landscape lighting frame the view along the new pedestrian walkway to Wisner House, the Arboretum's main building.
Gateway Project – May Update
The masonry and construction phase of the Gateway Project has been completed, and we're getting geared up for spring planting! All of the planting beds have been enriched with high-quality compost, which will provide our new trees, shrubs, and perennials with important nutrients, as well as improve soil drainage. A new irrigation system has also been installed, which will enable the plants to truly thrive.
A view of the new garden beds from above, amended with compost and ready for planting.
We'll be working with teams of volunteers and our crew of spring interns to complete the plantings over the course of the month. By the end of May, we plan to have the entire garden installed! We invite volunteers to assist us with this planting project – please see our Volunteers page for more information on how you can join in.
Our first shipment of plants for the Gateway Project has just arrived!
As the plants go in, we'll also be working on several finishing touches for the project: the pedestrian walkway will be receiving its final coat of paving, and wrought iron railings will be installed along stairways and near retaining walls. Please visit us this May to see the project for yourself!
Gateway Project – March Update
The winter snows have finally melted and work on the Gateway Project is speeding along toward its springtime completion! The new bluestone entrance patio is finished, and has already been pressed into use at our recent Maple Sugaring Fest, where it served as the perfect spot to welcome visitors to the event.
The recently-completed entrance patio, just west of Wisner House.
In addition, our new pedestrian walkways are beginning to take shape. These walkways will improve visitor access to Wisner House, the Arboretum's main hub for special events, arts and cultural programming, and administration. These walkways will link Wisner House to the surrounding landscape, creating a pleasant experience for visitors as they stroll to or from the building.
Improved pedestrian walkways and stairs take shape, thanks to the work of Iannella Landscape & Construction!
Finally, new stone retaining walls will grace the landscape just east of Wisner House, controlling erosion, creating a brand-new garden area, and blending seamlessly into the existing network of stone walls in this area of the Arboretum grounds. In designing these walls, landscape architecture firm Bosenberg & Co. sought to marry the new construction with the old, harmoniously integrating current improvements with the Arboretum's historic stonework.
Both old and new retaining walls protect the historic Gretchen Keller Azalea Garden from erosion.
Gateway Project – December 2012 Update
Here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, our Gateway Project is well underway! This renovation of our driveway and pedestrian walkways was over a year in the planning, and includes site improvements that will create a more enjoyable experience for all our visitors.
We broke ground on the project just a week after Hurricane Sandy, and our contracting firm, Iannella Landscape & Construction, has been making quick progress despite two recent snowstorms.
The new pedestrian walkway begins to take shape at the main entrance to Reeves-Reed Arboretum!
The Gateway Project includes creation of a new pedestrian walkway along our existing driveway, giving visitors their own place to stroll while enhancing site safety. In addition, we are creating a new walkway that will bring visitors around the Wisner House to the building's historic and elegant south entrance. Additional upgrades include the enhancement of our patio areas and the addition of upgraded outdoor lighting fixtures.
We're looking forward to the completion of the project, and are eager to welcome the public back to Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Daffodil Day (Sunday, April 14) to enjoy the spring season!
Prior to construction, scores of valuable plants were temporarily relocated away from the construction area. These specimens are overwintering in the Arboretum's hoophouse, and will be returned to the gardens during the project's final planting phase in early spring 2013.
Gateway Project – October 2012
Here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum we're preparing to undertake a very exciting project. This October, we will be breaking ground on the renovation of our driveway and pedestrian walkways. Our team has been working with well-known landscape architecture firm Bosenberg & Co. to plan these site improvements, and we're excited to be making some changes that will create a more enjoyable experience for all our visitors.
The renovation project will create a new pedestrian walkway along our existing driveway, giving visitors their own place to stroll while enhancing site safety. In addition, we will be creating a new walkway that will bring visitors around the Wisner House to the building's historic and elegant south entrance. Additional upgrades include the enhancement of our patio areas and the addition of upgraded outdoor lighting fixtures.
Construction will begin in mid-October and is expected to be complete in early 2013.
Please click here for a printable PDF of the project.