Fuel Your Curiosity

Every season. Something new to explore.

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.

What's Beautiful Now!

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Reeves-Reed!  From blooms in the Louise Muncie Roehm Greenhouse to the feather-like fertile fronds of the Ostrich Fern, there's plenty to appreciate.

Horticulture

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.

The Historic Gardens

Three Reeves-Reed gardens are maintained as closely as possible to their original appearance...

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The Contemporary Gardens

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.

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Horticultural Highlights

There’s always something in season at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Here are 9 plants you won't want to miss during your visit.

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Freeman Medal Collection

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.

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The Woodland Trails

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.

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The Goats Are Coming!

The goats will return in October, so be sure to come for a visit and meet our friends from Green-Goats Farm in Rhinebeck, New York!

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History

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.

RRA is Celebrating It's 50th Anniversary

Celebrate with us all year long!

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Prehistory

Long before European settlers came to this region, it was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, a mobile, hunter-gatherer society.

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History: A Legacy of Landscape

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.

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Landscape Architecture

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.

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Exhibits

Wisner House Gallery Exhibit: Susan Darwin’s Location Series - The New Jersey Paintings

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is pleased to announce its newest art exhibition, Susan Darwin’s Location Series - The New Jersey Paintings.

Explore the hidden gems and familiar landmarks of the Garden State as you immerse yourself in Darwin's rich tapestry of color and texture. Whether you're a lifelong resident or a curious visitor, Susan Darwin’s Location Series: The New Jersey Paintings offers a fresh perspective on the beauty and diversity of New Jersey's landscapes and celebrates the state’s history with works ranging from environmental treasures to innovations in Industry.

The art exhibit will be on view to the public June 4 – October 31. All works are for sale and the artist will donate 30% of sales to the Arboretum. The Wisner House Gallery is open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday, except when closed for private events. Please check here for updated gallery hours.

More information on this exhibition can be found here.

An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 2-3:30 pm. Please click here to register. 

Outdoor Exhibit: Kaete Brittin Shaw  

Kaete Brittin Shaw's outdoor sculpture installation is a dynamic and thought-provoking collection that harmonizes with the ever-changing foliage of the Arboretum. Her mixed-media works juxtapose organic materials and forms with industrial elements like metal and screen, delving into themes of transformation and the intricate connections between humanity and nature. The meditative quality of her collection, which includes ceramic prayer flags and delicate wind-screens, provides moments of peaceful contemplation throughout the grounds, inviting visitors to pause and reflect.

Inside the Wisner House Gallery, a collection of Shaw’s ceramic work is displayed. This collection ranges from utilitarian pottery to "sculptural paintings," which blur the lines between form and function.

Shaw has exhibited throughout the United States at venues including the Artezen Hotel NYC, Jenkins Arboretum, Renwick Gallery, and Swarthmore College. She even had a handmade ornament displayed on the White House Christmas tree in December 1993. Shaw currently owns a studio and exhibition space in High Falls, NY, where she invites visitors to view her completed functional and sculptural works, as well as new collections in progress.

Questions about the Arboretum's exhibitions can be directed to Office Manager Marilyn Foehrenbach at m.foehrenbach@reeves-reedarboretum.org.