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Fall in Love with Trees - FREE Community Program


SUMMIT, NJ  In partnership with the City of Summit's Shade Tree Advisory Committee (STAC), Reeves-Reed Arboretum will present three FREE community programs in its returning series, "Fall in Love with Trees."

"Now in its fourth year, this series is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring awareness to important topics so that as a community we can care for and protect one of our greatest assets - trees," shared Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Director of Horticulture, John Beirne. “Our upcoming lectures will address the best native trees for our gardens in light of climate change and other threats including Beech Leaf Disease. And I’m very excited about our TikTok Video Fest created by nature loving kids in our community. This is a great way to engender a growing environmental awareness in some of our youngest citizens and policy makers of the future.”

The fall series will take place on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, and will be offered both on-site at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and virtually. The cost is FREE to the public and is appropriate for teens and adults. Registration is encouraged as space is limited. All in-person adult attendees will receive a free 6-month individual membership to Reeves-Reed Arboretum and can receive 1.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEU) where applicable.

Upcoming schedule:

Thursday, October 5 / Saving Our Beech Trees

John Beirne, Curatorial Director of Horticulture at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Beech trees are under attack from a new and deadly pathogen: Beech Leaf Disease. Learn what we know about this potentially catastrophic disease and what we need to do to combat it. This talk is relevant to all who love trees, especially in a community known for its beautiful Beech trees, and their close relatives, the Oaks.

Thursday, October 19 / Eco-Action TikTok Viewing Party

Join us as we celebrate awesome video creations from our community's teens: Submissions in the Summit Eco-Action TikTok Fest. These young creators show us what eco-action means to them and share their vision of a cleaner, greener world. Pizza will be served. Know a teen who would like to enter? Visit

Thursday, November 2 / Trees in a Changing Climate: A Homeowner's Guide

Guy Sternberg, Founder and Owner of Starhill Forest Arboretum

Many scientists agree that our climate is becoming increasingly unstable.  How will this affect our most treasured and permanent landscape plants, our trees? Why should we be concerned and what should we do? Learn about expected trends for our landscapes in the coming century and about the importance of species, provenance, and diversity. Guy Sternberg is a certified arborist and a retired landscape architect. He worked at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for 32 years and is currently the owner and manager of Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg, IL. He is the principal author of Landscaping with Native Trees and Native Trees for North American Landscapes. A limited quantity of signed copies of Guy Sternberg’s books will be available for purchase.

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The Shade Tree Advisory Committee of the City of Summit is appointed by the Common Council and is charged with creating an inventory of the city's significant historic and landmark trees. The committee makes recommendations for the preservation of landmark and historic trees and provides input on the city's tree management program.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a non-profit public garden listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. In 2024, Reeves-Reed will be celebrating 50 years as an arboretum, a living museum of trees, continuing to engage, educate, and enrich its visitors so they become better stewards of nature and the environment. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit. To register for programs in the "Fall in Love with Trees" series, please visit Questions? call (908) 273-8787, x1920.

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!