Fall Programming for Adults





SUMMIT, NJ:  The fall season is synonymous with getting the kids back to school and learning. Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is embracing this season as well for adults. An offering of horticulture, nature and wellness-based lectures, workshops and classes are available now through November.

Tree lovers rejoice! Fall in Love with Trees, a series in collaboration with the Summit NJ Shade Tree Advisory Committee, is hosting a viewing party of the movie Treeline at Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 pm. This cinematic view of the gentle giants of our world is presented by Patagonia Films. Trees are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth. This 40-minute, inspirational film from documentary filmmaker Jordan Manley, follows a group of snow-seekers, scientists, and healers to the birch groves of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia, and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore the ancient story of trees. Free popcorn is included! On Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm, the Arboretum will be featuring a lecture in this series on Restoring the American Chestnut in the Eastern U.S. Sara Fern Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration at The American Chestnut Foundation, will share the dedicated work that is being done to restore this species to forests over the next 50 to 100 years, despite challenges like invasive vegetation, diseases, pests, climate change and overdevelopment. These Fall in the Love with Trees events are FREE and are being offered both virtually and in person.

For garden enthusiasts, Reeves-Reed Arboretum is offering two horticultural programs that will have your garden looking better than ever! On Wednesday, October 12 from 2-4 pm, join the Arboretum’s horticulturist, Laura Gilkey, for a workshop on late summer garden maintenance. This Now That the Bloom has Faded program will primarily focus on perennials. The cost is $10 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members. Later in October, Notable Garden Speaker, Dr. Randi Eckel, will discuss the importance of native plants in the landscape on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm. The If You Plant It, They Will Come event will also be available virtually. The cost is $10 for Arboretum members and $25 for non-members.

In November, a new Lunch and Learn series will also be launched by the Arboretum and will focus primarily on sustainability topics and practices in your garden and at home.  More information will be coming to the Arboretum’s website soon.

Adults looking to spend time outdoors and interested in trying a new fitness or wellness practice can also enjoy programs at the Arboretum this fall. Burn + Flow in the Garden is a new fitness series being offered by Valerie Flax of The Good Burn and fitness instructor Jess Scarpelli. With plenty of space to jump, squat, lunge, and plank in the garden, you can take your burn to new levels. When it's time to flow, the lush green surroundings in the garden will help lull your body and mind into a relaxed, refreshed state. Healthy bites will be available after the classes to help you refuel before tackling the rest of your day.  These outdoor classes will be held on Saturday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 18 at 9:30 am. The cost is $32 per class.

Forest Bathing nature walks will be offered at the Arboretum on Sundays, October 9 and November 6 from 9:30 am – 12 pm with Rich Collins, a Certified Guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). These “live in the present moment” walks on the woodland and wildflower trails will immerse your senses in the sights and sounds of the Arboretum. The guided walks take approximately 2.5 hours and require no exceptional skill or physical exertion. Dress comfortably and for the weather. The cost is $25 for Arboretum members and $35 for non-members.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a non-profit public garden and education center located at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit, New Jersey. For full program details and to register, visit reevs-reedarboretum.org.

Celebrating over 40 years as a historic public garden and education resource, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates, and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum....a place to grow, for everyone!