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Reeves-Reed Arboretum Celebrates Grant Awards for Historic Preservation and Artistic Enrichment

January 29, 2024 

Rooted in History: Reeves-Reed Arboretum Celebrates Grant Awards for Historic Preservation and Artistic Enrichment


SUMMIT, NJ  Reeves-Reed Arboretum is proud to announce it was awarded over $20,000 in grants as it sets to celebrate its golden jubilee as a public arboretum in 2024. The New Jersey Cultural Trust Capital Historic Preservation Grants Program awarded $16,233 in funding for the preservation of cedar shingles on both Wisner House and Reeves-Reed Arboretum's barn. In 1889, John Horner Wisner built the Colonial Revival residence on the estate that is now Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The historic home presently houses the administrative offices, gallery and event spaces of Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and the barn serves as an important work and storage space for the horticultural staff who care for the 13.5 acres of woodlands and gardens.

Additional grants were awarded from Union County. A $2,500 Union County Special Historic Projects Grant will be used to install permanent history trail signs providing visitors with details about the legacy and historical significance of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum property. A Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant in the amount of $3,000 was awarded to fund a 50th Anniversary community concert to be held in the garden on Sunday, September 15, 2024. HEART grants serve as catalysts for Union County's non-profit organizations, enhancing the ability to connect residents with programs and activities that increase appreciation for Union County history, arts, and humanities.

"We are deeply grateful for the support these grants provide," shared Reeves-Reed Arboretum's Executive Director, Jackie Kondel. "Not only do they serve as a way for us to preserve this historic property and its buildings, but they allow us to continue our mission of educating the public. These grants will benefit our current visitors as well as contribute to the long-term stability and growth of our public garden as we look forward to serving the community for another fifty years."

The Arboretum invites the community to join in the celebration of these grant awards and the 50th Anniversary of Reeves-Reed throughout this celebratory year with special events and programs and looks forward to the continued support of its visitors, volunteers, and community partners.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit and is the only arboretum in Union County. Listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers, it was established in 1974 as a non-profit public arboretum and educational institution. Reeves-Reed Arboretum's grounds are open to the public free of charge 365 days a year. For more information about Reeves-Reed Arboretum, visit or call (908) 273-8787, x1010.

Celebrating 50 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.

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