November 2011 Cuttings

“Cuttings” is your source for garden updates and horticultural tips from the 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 – Snowstorm Damage and Recovery

As most folks are by now aware, an unseasonal early snowstorm blew through our area of New Jersey just before Halloween, causing widespread tree damage, prolonged power outages, and road closures. Unfortunately, Reeves-Reed Arboretum was caught right in the middle of the snow emergency, and our tree collections, formal gardens, and woodland areas suffered a significant amount of damage. Our clean-up efforts began immediately, and thankfully we’ve been able to make some great headway in recovering from the disaster. However, it’s likely to be several months before things are completely back to normal here.

Photo caption: The recent nor’easter caused significant damage to many Arboretum trees, including this Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana).


It’s said that every gray cloud has a silver lining, and in spite of all the damage the storm has caused, it’s also brought to light how fortunate the Arboretum is in so many respects. First and foremost, we’re incredibly grateful for all of the support we’ve been receiving from the local community in Summit, as well as from our network of Arboretum members and generous donors and volunteers. We’ve also been amazed at the tree-pruning work being conducted by our friends at Bartlett Tree Experts. Bartlett crews have been on site for several days already, and it’s been impressive to watch them as they work high up in the canopy.

Photo caption: Arborist crews from Bartlett Tree Experts are playing a critical role in the disaster recovery effort. In this picture, a Bartlett arborist works high in the canopy of an oak above the Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Discovery Center.


Volunteer Opportunities

Wish you could pitch in and help us clean up from the storm? You’re in luck! The Arboretum will be hosting a volunteer day on Saturday, December 10, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. All volunteers age 12 and older are welcome – bring a pair of gloves and dress for the great outdoors! For more information and to register, please contact Jackie Kondel at or (908) 273-8787 ext. 1515.