Plan Your Visit to the Arboretum

Everything you need for an enjoyable day

Some of the many activities available when visiting:

  • Stroll our historic grounds and display gardens.
  • Experience the Daffodil Bowl, filled with thousands of blooms throughout April.
  • Grab a Healthy Hike map and take a walk on our woodland trails.
  • View art exhibits in the Wisner House gallery.
  • From June to October, explore our Art in the Garden exhibit of outdoor sculpture.
  • Enjoy our summer concert series, Sounds of a Summer Night.
  • Enjoy spectacular fall foliage as well as the Perennial Border's final performance of autumn blooms.
  • Explore the historic exhibit in the Garden Library & Lounge.
  • Rent a backpack on Discovery Saturdays and investigate the flora and fauna of RRA!

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:

  • Limited wheelchair-accessible parking onsite
  • Accessible public restrooms in Wisner House and the Stackhouse Education Center
  • Accessibility to the Visitors Center, Welcome Walk, Perennial Border, Wisner House Gallery, Wisner House Library and Patio.

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 Frank Juliano at f.juliano@reeves-reedarboretum.org.

Map of Gardens and Hiking Trails

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.


Hours & Rates

The Arboretum grounds and the Visitors Center 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 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 closed on Saturdays and Sundays except for special events.  Wisner House will open on weekends when the new art exhibit, Cosmic Garden Series: Inspired by the Natural World, opens on Sunday, February 11.  The tentative weekend schedule is below; please check back for any changes.

Sunday, February 11 – 2pm-4pm (Opening Reception)

Saturday, February 17 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday , February 18 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, February 24 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 25 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Maple Sugaring Fest)

Saturday, March 3 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 4 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 10 – Closed for private event
Sunday, March 11 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 17 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 24 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 25 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 31 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 1 – Closed for Easter

Saturday, April 7 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 8 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 14 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday April 15 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 21 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 22 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Daffodil Day)

Saturday, Aril 28 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 29 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 5 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 6 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 12 – Closed for private event
Sunday, May 13 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Office Hours

  • Sunday
    closed
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    10 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday
    10 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday
    10 am - 4 pm
  • Friday
    10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday
    closed

Rates

  • All Visitors
    FREE
  • Suggested Donation
    $5

Our Suggested Donation is per visitor.

Please consider a membership. Members also receive discounts on events and classes

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Other Info

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.

Tour & Explore

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!

Self-guided tour at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a leisurely self-guided walk through the Arboretum grounds.

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Free Saturday Tours at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Free Saturday Tours

Free guided tours of the Arboretum take place Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm from May through October.

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Horticulture and History tour at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Horticulture and History Group Tour

This 45-60 minute guided group tour is a great way to experience the beauty, diversity and horticultural significance of Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

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"A Day at Two Gardens" tour

"A Day at Two Gardens" Group Tour

Visit two of New Jersey's premier historic public gardens, Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit and Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills.

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Discovery Saturdays at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Discovery Saturdays

Make a discovery at the Arboretum and enjoy a unique family experience.

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Group tours for children at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Children's Group Tours

Tours designed for students and scout groups provide an inspiring, interactive educational experience that will perfectly complement classroom instruction.

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Directions

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

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908-273-8787
info@reeves-reedarboretum.org

Policies

Please respect the beauty of the 13.5 acres which encompass Reeves-Reed Arboretum by following the policies below.