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Home for the Holidays

Nine years after Wisner House was built at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit, New Jersey, two enterprising plant collectors and growers purchased land less than two miles away. Their names were John Lager and George Hurrell, and they had just taken the first step towards turning Summit into the de facto orchid capital of the United States.

For 81 years, the owners and staff of Lager and Hurrell collect...

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Keep Calm & Love Goats

Mo, Larry & Curly… have joined the staff of Reeves-Reed Arboretum!

That’s right – we’ve added a dozen+ goats to our staff this month, including the above mentioned adorable (Nubian) triplets!  Our grazing friends from Green-Goats in Rhinebeck, NY will help us clear away a year's worth of wildflower growth, invasive vines and weeds. This environmentally friendly vegetation removal process will allow for the annual restoration and replanting of the Daffodil Bowl with ...

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Boon

Etymologically speaking, the title of this post may or may not be related to the subject of this post – the heirloom gladiolus 'Boone', named for the North Carolina town where it was rediscovered. Boon in the sense of a gift or an unexpected benefit comes from the Old Norse. The name Boone – the town was named after famed frontiersmen Daniel Boone – comes from either the French locale Bohun, or from the Norman word "bon," for good, or from the Dutch word "boene", or bean, denoting someo...

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