June 2013 Cuttings
"Cuttings" is your source for garden updates and horticultural tips from Reeves-Reed Arboretum's horticulture staff. Check back monthly to find out what's blooming at the Arboretum, get the inside scoop on upcoming events, and learn some timely tips you can put to use in your own garden.
In the Gardens: A New Pond!
As you've noticed if you've visited the Arboretum lately, there are a lot of exciting changes afoot here – not the least of which is our newly renovated fish pond! Mike Gannon, proprietor of Full Service Aquatics and a long-time supporter of Reeves-Reed Arboretum, generously offered to take on the redesign and reinstallation of our pond pro bono. Mike is one of the area's foremost experts on ponds and water gardens; among his recent projects was the renovation of the formal reflecting pool at Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey!
Water cascades over rocks and down a naturalistic rivercourse in the Arboretum's newly-renovated pond.
Needless to say, we were overjoyed when Mike offered to share his expertise with us here. Over the course of a week, he and his crew completely transformed our pond, dismantling the entire structure and re-engineering it from the ground up. In addition to creating special "plant pockets" for aquatic perennials, Mike constructed an underwater cave to give our fish a place to hide from hungry predators such as great blue herons.
Over the course of the next week, we'll be replanting the native perennial garden that surrounds the pond, as well as adding more fish and aquatic plants, so be sure to come and check it out next time you're in the neighborhood!
Our thanks to Mike Gannon and Full Service Aquatics for this fantastic new addition to Reeves-Reed Arboretum!
During pond renovation, the Arboretum's fish and aquatic plants were moved to temporary quarters, complete with an aerating pump to maintain high oxygen levels in the water.
The pond during construction – check out the fish cave!
Volunteer in Our Gardens:
June is jumpin' at the Arboretum – we have gardens to plant, beds to mulch, and weeds to conquer – and we need YOUR help! Please come out and join us for a morning of fun outdoor work on any of the following Saturdays in June:
Saturday, June 8: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 15: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 22: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 29: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
We welcome all volunteers ages 12 and up, and are happy to provide documentation for students seeking community service hours. We ask that all volunteers wear close-toed shoes and dress for the outdoors.
To sign up, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum, please e-mail Lisa Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her by phone at (908) 273-8787 ext. 2222.