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Description of Gardens

 

  1. Wisner House(Office) A Colonial Revival shingle-style house designed by New York architects Babb, Cook and Willard in 1889. Wisner House is Reeves-Reed Arboretum's administrative headquarters. It is open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 to 3:00, and for special events. Wisner House is wheelchair-accessible; restrooms are available inside.
  2. The Garden Gallery The Gallery at Reeves-Reed Arboretum is home to local and regional artists for their work and exhibitions. Hours are Wed.-Fri from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check calendar for current exhibits.
  3. Education Center A re-designed carriage house/garage, the center was built for environmental education classes. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available inside the Education Center.
  4. Louise Muncie Roehm Greenhouse Dedicated in 1997, the greenhouse was designed for use as a classroom, for propagation, and as a source of plants to decorate Wisner House. Mrs. Roehm, for whom the greenhouse was named, began volunteering at Reeves-Reed Arboretum when it was formed.
  5. Gretchen Keller Azalea Garden This 1920's garden was suggested by a plan by leading landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. It was restored in 1997. Azaleas bloom in May and June. Brides favor this garden for wedding ceremonies. The Kellers funded earlier azalea replanting. [Pamphlet in PDF format describing garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  6. Susie Graham Reeves Rose Garden This garden offers over 150 varieties of roses blooming June-September. It was designed by prominent landscape architect Carl. F. Pilat working with Mrs. Reeves in 1925. [Pamphlet in PDF format describing garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  7. Richard, Graham and Susan Reeves Rock Garden Also based on a 1925 Pilat Plan, this garden, like the Keller and rose gardens, was designed in the "garden room" mode popular at the time. The restored garden was named in honor of the three Reeves children, and dedicated in 1998. [Pamphlet in PDF format describing garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  8. Daylily Border This collection, representing every winner of the Stout Medal from 1950 to the present, blooms throughout July.
  9. Herb Garden The herb garden, originated by Charles and Ann Reed in the 1960's and maintained by the Summit Garden Club, is the loveliest in June, July and August. It is planted in a mandala pattern, based on an 800 AD Tibetan design. [Pamphlet in PDF format describing garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  10. Lilac Garden Recently replanted with lilacs from the 1920's, this garden blooms in May. [Pamphlet in PDF format describing garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  11. Sugar Maple In late February, see this tree tapped to make syrup from its sap. In October, the sugar maple's leaves are a glorious yellow.
  12. Daffodil Bowl The Daffodil Bowl, begun by Susie Graham Reeves, starting in the 1920's, now contains tens of thousands of daffodils, planted on a hillside carved by the last glacier in the area. The Daffodil Bowl is part of the Wildlife Habitat, boasting meadow flowers, butterflies and honeybees. Daffodils bloom in April. [Pamphlet in PDF format describing garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  13. Wildlife Habitat From March to October the Wildlife Habitat is in bloom. It boats native New Jersey wildlife, including butterflies and frogs. See a colony of Russian honeybees.
  14. Fish Pond A favorite attraction for migrating birds and small children! Contains goldfish and koi.
  15. Elephant Tree This European beech tree was planted over a century ago. Children attending summer camp at the Arboretum dubbed it the "Elephant Tree" because its bark resembles elephant skin.
  16. Perennial Border This serpentine, tiered garden features plants that flower year after year. It blooms from April to October. [A Pamphlet in PDF format describes the garden in more detail. Pamphlet courtesy of New Jersey Historical Commission.]
  17. Irene Reich Wildflower Trail A special collection of wildflowers for sun and shade is in bloom late winter through fall. A wildflower guide is available dipicting some of the blooms on this trail.
  18. Winter Interest Garden In winter, when most plants are dormant, see plants with interesting bark, berries, leaves and shapes, even flowers.
  19. Compost Demonstration Area
  20. Woodland Trails The Arboretum features six acres of woodlands. Trails, which were mapped by the Reeds, are unpaved.