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Every season. Something new to explore.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum offers 13.5 acres of natural beauty, including historic and contemporary gardens and six acres of woodland forest. Whether you are interested in gardening, hiking, art, bird watching, community involvement, or a place for quiet contemplation, the arboretum has something for you. Photo courtesy of Stephen Harris, sph-photo.com.

What's in Bloom

Spring is in full swing at the arboretum. You won't want to miss how these plants are responding to longer, warmer days.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum is dedicated to preserving the past and imagining the future of American gardening. Our landscapes include natural woodlands, open vistas that owe much to 19th century visionaries like Andrew Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted (Olmsted's partner Calvert Vaux actually produced the first design for the property), and more formal gardens that exemplify the Country Place movement of the early 20th century.

The Historic Gardens

Three Reeves-Reed gardens are maintained as closely as possible to their original appearance, while the Time Capsule Garden moves through time and space.

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The Contemporary Gardens

From the bold plant combinations along the Welcome Walk to the more traditional Perennial Border, Reeves-Reed’s many garden environments offer old and new.

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Horticultural Highlights

There’s always something in season at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Here are 9 plants you won't want to miss during your visit.

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Freeman Medal Collection

Several of our plants have won the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Medal, the Garden Club of America's Plant of the Year award for native plants.

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The Woodland Trails

The Arboretum features almost 6 acres of woodland and nearly a mile of trails. Witness the tallest tulip poplar in Summit, as well as native shrubs and herbaceous plants.

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Yearly Plant Sale

Every year the Horticulture department sells a variety of plants propagated from seed originating from the Arboretum.

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Its estate and gardens represent design trends by prominent landscape architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Lenni Lenape Native Americans passed through the property on their route from the coastal areas near Elizabeth, NJ to Schooley's Mountain, further inland. During the Revolutionary period, the area was adjacent to the Old Sow Revolutionary War Cannon and the Signal Beacon atop Beacon Hill. Learn more about these early eras, as well as the Wisners, the founding family of "The Clearing" (as the Arboretum was originally called) and the Reeves and Reed families.


Long before European settlers came to this region, it was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, a mobile, hunter-gatherer society.

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Historical Highlights

The grounds of the Arboretum were once a bastion of resistance during the American Revolution.

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The Reeves, the Reeds & "The Clearing"

From 1889 through the founding of the Arboretum in 1974, three families put their impress on the buildings and grounds that now comprise Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

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Landscape Architecture

Three distinguished landscape architects of the late 19th and early 20th century – Calvert Vaux, Ellen Biddle Shipman, and Carl F. Pilat – left their mark at The Clearing.

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THE BLUE PLANET: waterscapes by renowned artist Julio Valdez, and installation works on the grounds by featured sculptors are on view at Reeves-Reed Arboretum through October 30.  Artists reception on Sunday, July 10 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Additionally, Reeves-Reed Arboretum features artist Tony Crowe and the works from his current installation, "A Quiet Man... At the Crossroads" on display at the Hat Tavern in the Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Avenue Summit NJ 07901.  On exhibit until June 20.

The Blue Planet

THE BLUE PLANET: waterscapes by renowned artist Julio Valdez, and installation works on the grounds by featured sculptors.

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Tony Crowe: A Quiet Man...At the Crossroads

Paintings of Summit, Ireland and around the world by Tony Crowe.

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum - An Invitation to Explore...nature defined
165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
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