May 2013 Cuttings

May 2013 Cuttings

"Cuttings" is your source for garden updates and horticultural tips from Reeves-Reed Arboretum's horticulture staff. Check back monthly to find out what's blooming at the Arboretum, get the inside scoop on upcoming events, and learn some timely tips you can put to use in your own garden.

In the Gardens: May Blooms

One of the best things about May is that we begin seeing lots and lots of people in the gardens. The Arboretum literally comes alive with people strolling, picnicking, and enjoying the outdoors. And we're glad to see so many folks here, because May is absolutely filled with things to savor. Our crabapples, dogwoods, and flowering cherries are just hitting their peak bloom season, and the garden is filled with the pinks and whites of their canopies. The aroma of lilac blossoms is in the air, and peonies are just a few weeks away. Above it all, the spring leaves of our oak, beech, and tulip poplar trees enchant with their delicate light green hue.

Here are a few images of the Arboretum in May – "may" they entice you to come out and pay us a visit!




































Volunteer in Our Gardens:

Saturday Garden Planting Extravaganza!

On Saturday mornings this May, we're going to be planting trees, shrubs, and perennials in the glorious new garden beds that have been installed as part of our Gateway Project. Once the planting has been completed, we'll be mulching the beds. This is the largest planting project we've done in several years, and it promises to be absolutely beautiful. Please come out and lend a hand!

Saturday, May 4: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 11: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 18: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 25: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm














So many plants, so little time! Newly-arrived plants await their final installation this May.


To sign up, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum, please contact Lisa Martin at