The Arboretum Grounds will be closed Friday, August 14 to repair tree damage.
Please click here for RRA's response to COVID-19. Please note that this is subject to change.
We created the activity guides below to help make your time outdoors more meaningful and enjoyable. Copies are available in the mailboxes at the kiosk near the greenhouse or click on the links below to download at home. Post your adventure on Facebook and/or Instagram and tag us @reevesreedarboretum; we can answer any questions about what you discovered. Please check back as more guides will be added. Enjoy!
Some of the many activities available when visiting:
Accessibility for All: Much of the historic gardens and indoor spaces of Reeves-Reed Arboretum are accessible to all our visitors, with ramps and paved pathways for easy maneuverability. However, due to the garden's naturally varied topography, portions of our historical site may not be easily accessed without assistance. We do not have wheelchairs available for rent onsite. Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers:
Reeves-Reed Arboretum strives to make every visitor welcome to our grounds and buildings, and plans are underway to increase accessibility for all. When planning your visit, please let us know if there is any service we can provide to make your experience more pleasant. If you are arriving by car, please pull up very close until the automatic gate opens.
RRA's Accessibility Project:
"Look with favor upon a bold beginning." Virgil
In 2017, RRA was able to initiate, fund and complete Phase One of our two-phased Accessibility Project. The impetus for this project is an acknowledgment that with over 100,000 visitors annually, we have a significant responsibility and privilege to make our grounds fully safe, welcoming, and accessible to all visitors and especially those living with cognitive, developmental and/or physical limitations. Phase One allowed us to create a safe, fully ADA compliant drop off/welcome area and outdoor classroom adjacent to the Visitors Center.
The scope of the work for Phase Two includes a series of ADA ramps and stairs to take people from the welcome area down through the historic core of the grounds. This access area will include three tiered sensory gardens, ADA pathways, using recycled materials, that will create full circulation through the property leading to an ADA amphitheatre (for outdoor workshops, concerts, or peaceful contemplation), and eventually connect with the Perennial Border overlooking the historic Daffodil Bowl. The design of this work will allow visitors full, unhampered and safe access and participation through the grounds while honoring the historic legacy of the landscape. The overall cost for full realization of Phase Two of our Accessibility Project is $500,000 and our timeline is to host a ribbon cutting at DAFFODIL DAY 2019.
We believe in this project and understand that the more we focus on higher values and delight our customers, the better (and safer) our product. It has been said that our humanity is measured by our relationship with others and that if we don't acknowledge the "sufferings" or needs of others, we risk losing that humanity. This accessibility initiative is our opportunity to publicly acknowledge our commitment to serve all people and to create a legacy of service that will be the hallmark of Reeves-Reed Arboretum for years to come.
For more information about the Accessibility Project, please contact Executive Director Jackie Kondel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Frank Juliano's interview with Comcast Newsmakers regarding the Accessibility Project, please click here.
Use this map to find a particular building or garden, or get to know the general layout of the Arboretum. Zoom out for hiking trails.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Arboretum Grounds will only be open from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm seven days a week until further notice. All RRA buildings are closed, including the Wisner House Gallery.
The Arboretum Grounds are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from November 1 through March 31, and from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm from April 1 through October 31. The Visitors Center is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The Stackhouse Education Center welcomes families Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and most Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm from March through November (please check our calendar for specific Saturdays).
Wisner House is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays through May 10, 2020 as follows (please note that weekend hours are subject to change so please check back before you come).
Wisner House Gallery Weekend Hours (closed until further notice)
Our Suggested Donation is per visitor.
Please consider a membership. Members also receive discounts on events and classesView the benefits of becoming a member!
There is restricted access during special events. Signs will be posted to let you know.
The entrance gate opens automatically. Pull your car up slowly to trigger the sensor. As you pass Wisner House on your right, parking is straight ahead. The one-way exit brings you out to Hobart Avenue again.
Dogs are not allowed except for service animals.
If you are bringing food, we ask that you please take all garbage with you and leave no trace behind.
Photography permits are required. See the Policies section below for photography permit.
Once a country estate, Reeves-Reed Arboretum is now a 13.5 acre public garden listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Its estate and gardens represent design trends by prominent late 19th and early 20th century landscape architects, including Calvert Vaux, a partner of Frederick Law Olmsted. Want to know more? Join us for a tour!
Enjoy a leisurely self-guided walk through the Arboretum grounds.More Info »
Free guided tours of the Arboretum take place Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm from May through October.More Info »
This 45-60 minute guided group tour is a great way to experience the beauty, diversity and horticultural significance of Reeves-Reed Arboretum.More Info »
Visit two of New Jersey's premier historic public gardens, Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit and Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills.More Info »
Make a discovery at the Arboretum and enjoy a unique family experience.More Info »
Tours designed for students and scout groups provide an inspiring, interactive educational experience that will perfectly complement classroom instruction.More Info »