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Reeves-Reed Arboretum Kicks Off Summer Season of the Arts with Art in the Garden

originally published: 05/19/2023

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Kicks Off Summer Season of the Arts with Art in the Garden

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Reeves-Reed Arboretum will kick off its summer season of the arts with its annual garden party, ART in the Garden, on June 10, 2023, from 7:00pm-11:00pm. This special event unveils their summer art exhibit and concert series and is their largest fundraiser of the year supporting environmental education, as well as the gardens, grounds, and historic buildings.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum will be honoring three of its former board members, Jay Brinkerhoff, Pascal Lalonde, and Monica Richter, for their exceptional service and dedication to the Arboretum's mission. Corporate sponsors for this event include Bassett Associates, CHUBB, Bartlett Tree Experts, Mobility Elevator & Lift Co., Peapack Private Wealth Management, and Rosen Kelly Conway Architecture & Design.

The garden soirée will include a cocktail reception by David Ellis Events, art exhibition featuring floral paper art by artist Kelly Moeykens, live jazz music with Ryan Hernandez, and silent and live auctions highlighting a variety of vacation and entertainment packages, art pieces, botanical arrangements, jewelry, Reeves-Reed Arboretum specialty items, including a private campout on the grounds of the Arboretum, and much more!

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Kicks Off Summer Season of the Arts with Art in the Garden

This event is open to the public with details and tickets available at Can’t attend? You can still participate in the online silent auction via the event website or make a donation in support of Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Online viewing and bidding open on June 5 and continue until 10:30 pm on the evening of June 10. Interested in sponsoring the event? Call 908.273.8787, x1414.

Efflorescence Art Exhibit: Artist Kelly Moeykens’ work highlights thousands of hand-cut flowers made from recycled paper. Moeykens endeavors to use her art as a form of environmental activism to raise awareness around the planet’s ecological and biodiversity crisis. Her solo show will be open to the public in the Wisner House Gallery at Reeves-Reed Arboretum beginning Tuesday, June 13 through September 17, 2023. Please note the Wisner House Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, and is closed on Mondays.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Kicks Off Summer Season of the Arts with Art in the Garden

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Sounds of a Summer Night Concert Series: Reeves-Reed Arboretum will present five performances this summer in their annual Sounds of a Summer Night concert series on select Wednesday evenings. The grounds will open at 6:00pm for concertgoers to picnic and enjoy the gardens, with performances beginning promptly at 7:00pm (with the exception of the September 13 concert that will begin earlier; grounds will open at 5 pm and the concert will begin at 6:00pm).

The 2023 summer lineup includes: June 28 – Sahara Moon; July 12 – MRB Jazz Project; July 26 – Nikki Briar; August 23 – Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre; September 13 – One Fine Tapestry: A Carole King Tribute. Tickets are free for Reeves-Reed Arboretum members and children under three; Non-members are $15/person, Students $5. Visit for concert details and tickets.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Kicks Off Summer Season of the Arts with Art in the Garden

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a non-profit public garden and will soon be celebrating 50 years as an Arboretum! It is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. To learn more about the Arboretum, its upcoming ART in the Garden event, art exhibit, concert series, and other adult and children’s programs including summer camp, call 908.273.8787, x1010 or visit

Celebrating over 40 years as a historic public garden and education resource, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates, and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA is made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum....a place to grow, for everyone! 

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