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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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Resilient

On a lovely morning this past April, Dylan Shapiro and I were trying to move some trees that were destined for the hillside above Reeves-Reed Arboretum's fabled Primrose Path. I had rented a miniature walk-behind tractor called a Dingo, and after we loaded the first Avondale cercis onto the bucket, I realized that the Dingo was seriously overmatched. The tree and its substantial rootball weighed at least 300 pounds, probably more, and the Dingo teetered precariously as we crossed the root-rid...

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