Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers 13.5 acres of natural beauty, including historic and contemporary gardens and six acres of woodland forest. Whether you are interested in gardening, hiking, art, bird watching, community involvement, or a place for quiet contemplation, the Arboretum has something for you. Photo courtesy of Stephen Harris, sph-photo.com.
Summer is here at the arboretum and the plants are adapting to warm days. Please scroll through our sliders below to see what is in bloom now!
Ginkgo biloba 'Jade Butterflies' , Dwarf Maindenhair Tree
Fothergilla gardenii , Dwarf Witch Alder
Amsonia hubrichtii , Blue-Star
Reeves-Reed Arboretum is dedicated to preserving the past and imagining the future of American gardening. Our landscapes include natural woodlands, open vistas that owe much to 19th century visionaries like Andrew Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted (Olmsted's partner Calvert Vaux actually produced the first design for the property), and more formal gardens that exemplify the Country Place movement of the early 20th century.
Three Reeves-Reed gardens are maintained as closely as possible to their original appearance, while the Time Capsule Garden moves through time and space.More Info »
From the bold plant combinations along the Welcome Walk to the more traditional Perennial Border, Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s many garden environments offer old and new.More Info »
There’s always something in season at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Here are 9 plants you won't want to miss during your visit.More Info »
Several of our plants have won the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Medal, the Garden Club of America's Plant of the Year award for native plants.More Info »
The Arboretum features almost 6 acres of woodland and nearly a mile of trails. Witness the tallest tulip poplar in Summit, as well as native shrubs and herbaceous plants.
The ‘Billy Goat Bungalow’ will reopen next October, so come visit to the Arboretum to visit our friends from Rhinebeck, New York!More Info »
Reeves-Reed Arboretum is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Its estate and gardens represent design trends by prominent landscape architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Lenni Lenape Native Americans passed through the property on their route from the coastal areas near Elizabeth, NJ to Schooley's Mountain, further inland. During the Revolutionary period, the area was adjacent to the Old Sow Revolutionary War Cannon and the Signal Beacon atop Beacon Hill. Learn more about these early eras, as well as the Wisners, the founding family of "The Clearing" (as the Arboretum was originally called) and the Reeves and Reed families.
Long before European settlers came to this region, it was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, a mobile, hunter-gatherer society.More Info »
The grounds of the Arboretum were once a bastion of resistance during the American Revolution.More Info »
From 1889 through the founding of the Arboretum in 1974, three families put their impress on the buildings and grounds that now comprise Reeves-Reed Arboretum.More Info »
Three distinguished landscape architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries – Calvert Vaux, Ellen Biddle Shipman, and Carl F. Pilat – left their mark at The Clearing.More Info »
Concrete sculptures by Donna Conklin King are currently on exhibit on Arboretum grounds, as are works by Jon Krawczyk.
Featuring illustrations, paintings, and wood block prints by award-winning artists Margaret Peot and Giselle Potter.More Info »
Concrete sculptures exploring the relationship between nature, architecture, and the ruins of civilizationMore Info »