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'Tis the Season to Thank You!

Months of hard work came full circle in December with our annual Holiday House Tour - a fundraising event that would not be possible without an army of amazing volunteers. This annual Arboretum tradition is one of the most eagerly anticipated holiday events in Summit, New Jersey and you may not realize it, but it utilizes the time, talents, and hard work of over one hundred volunteers!

Local businesses, vendors, garden clubs, donors, photographers, interns, neighbors, friends, and of c...

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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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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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