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Reeves-Reed Awarded Grants to Help Maintain It's Historic Gardens and Grounds



SUMMIT, NJ  Reeves-Reed Arboretum was recently awarded two grants that will assist in maintaining its gardens, grounds, and woodlands on the 13.5-acre historic site in Union County. The Summit Garden Club awarded the non-profit a $3,000 grant to support the addition of a seasonal gardener. Additionally, the Arboretum received a $15,000 grant from the E.J. Grassman Trust to replace the Arboretum’s much needed hoop house.

The Summit Garden Club maintains the historic Herb Garden at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and is a dedicated supporter. The seasonal gardener will assist the Arboretum’s horticultural staff in cultivating and maintaining the grounds during specific times of the year, contributing to the beautiful and thriving gardens that make the Arboretum so special.

The new hoop house made possible by the grant from the E.J. Grassman Trust will provide a controlled environment for plants designed to extend their growing season. This allows for earlier planting in the spring and later harvesting in the fall, as well as protection against frost and cold weather. The enclosed environment will also help prevent pests and diseases from affecting plants as well as conserve water by reducing evaporation and protecting them from heavy rain. It will allow for more efficient irrigation practices and will be employed for seedling propagation and a work and prep station for garden volunteers and staff.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is honored to be the recipient of these grants which allow their staff to continue the Arboretum’s mission of engaging, educating, and enriching visitors to become better stewards of nature and the environment. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is open daily 365 days a year and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as an arboretum in 2024. To learn more about Reeves-Reed Arboretum, visit

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, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

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