In the late 19th century, John Wisner, a wealthy merchant, built a sprawling country estate in northern New Jersey, in what is now the town of Summit. Wisner and his wife hired Calvert Vaux, a noted landscape architect (and business partner of Frederick Law Olmstead) who transformed the rolling hillside property by adding wooded walkways, numerous flower beds, and several gardens. In 1974, after the last living owner left the property, Summit transformed it into a public space: the Reeves-Reed Arboretum (via Wikipedia).
The Reeves-Reed Arboretum sits on 13.5 acres, and includes numerous gardens, along with walking trails through over six acres of wooded forest. The grounds are open 365 days a year, and it is always free to visit (although donations are appreciated). My wife and I decided to meet there one day after work on a beautiful afternoon in April to stroll the grounds and take in the thousands of daffodils in bloom on the property.
So come along, then, on a quick, fun visit to this beautiful slice of nature!
The Reeves-Reed Arboretum
For the more than seven years that I have been keeping this blog, one of the most unexpected discoveries I’ve made is just how many free (or impossibly cheap) options there are for entertainment in New Jersey. With some careful planning, it’s easy to find cool places to visit that are affordable… like the Reeves-Reed Arboretum! The arboretum is completely free (donations are appreciated), and the grounds are currently open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm daily.
Thanks, as always, for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead!
3 thoughts on “Bloom.”
Looks like a nice trip. I would like legal seafood also!
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We have got to get you to Legal sometime!!