From the Director


Dear Friend,

The eight to ten inches of heavy wet snow that fell across the region on Saturday evening October 28 caused wide spread damage across the Arboretum. Numerous large ornamental trees were literally split in half under the weight of the snow that coated on the fully leafed trees. Combined with the high winds this weight was too much even for large trees which split and fell. Major limbs crushed smaller trees and shrubs below them. Although it will be a couple of weeks before we can complete a full appraisal of the damage, the horticultural staff has made an initial assessment of the main garden areas, and many, many large trees will be a total loss. Almost all garden areas have sustained some damage.

Hardest hit is the area along the main entrance drive and around the azalea garden.  In this area alone 8 trees will need to be completely removed including an historic elm which is on top of the sun porch.  A large tree has come down in the historic Susie Graham Reeves Rose Garden crushing many of the roses that were still in bloom at the time of the storm.  Branches and tree limbs litter the entire landscape and pose a massive clean-up problem.  We have also lost much of the deer fence that protects the perimeter of the Arboretum. 

Initial estimates of clean-up, debris and tree removal, rebuilding deer fence, and then new landscaping in the spring exceed $30,000. We do not expect any support from local or state government. It will need to be gifts from the private sector that help us recover and rebuild this treasure.

Three of the Arboretum's "friends" have each pledged $5,000 to establish a $15,000 matching gift challenge to help us raise this $30,000!  

Now we need your help. Every dollar you contribute becomes $2.

We have a wonderfully dedicated staff that is working tirelessly to move the clean up forward. We are determined to bring our beautiful gardens back, reopen our facilities, and continue the mission of preserving our natural environment and developing the next generation of our planet's stewards. Together we can move forward.

Please give whatever you can. Every gift makes a difference.


Very sincerely,


Gayle Petty-Johnson

Executive Director, Reeves-Reed Arboretum