The Goats are Baaaack!




SUMMIT, NJ: The grazing goats from Green Goats Farm in Rhinebeck, NY will be back at Reeves-Reed Arboretum mid-October to help clear away a year’s worth of overgrowth in the glacial daffodil bowl. The weed-munching goats are an eco-friendly way to get rid of the Arboretum’s weeds and invasives without herbicides. “The added bonus is that these mild-mannered goats are adorable. friendly, and everyone wants to meet them, pet them, and just hang out with them,” says Jackie Kondel, the Executive Director of Reeves-Reed Arboretum. “The Green Goats have been coming to the Arboretum for about seven or eight years now and I can tell you it is the highlight of the year!”

The goats have also become the “special guests” of Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s CELEBRATE FALL festival since their “work” coincides with the Arboretum’s autumn event. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022, from 11 am to 3 pm. The day’s activities include games, crafts, a spooky trail and pumpkin patch, live reptiles and amphibians from Tenafly Nature Center, photo opportunities, art exhibit, Durga Puja cultural celebration with dance, music and crafts, market vendors, food trucks and more. And of course, you can visit the goats! This family-friendly event is free for Reeves-Reed Arboretum members and children under 3. Tickets for non-members are $10 per person.

Due to the goats’ popularity, Reeves-Reed Arboretum is also offering a special Goat Meet and Greet for Arboretum members on Thursday, October 13. Details for both fall events can be found at Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a non-profit public garden and education center located at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit, New Jersey.

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!