The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located in Summit, New Jersey and has 13-plus acres of landscaped gardens, woodlands and lawns. Through proper use and care of the historic garden and estate, the arboretum offers not only to engage its visitors but seeks to educate and enrich them as well in order to become better protectors of the environment and nature.
Distinguishable from that of a park, an arboretum is an educational conservancy that aims to advocate natural environment protection and care. It is a venue where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated, conserved and identified in their natural habitats for exhibition and research purposed. Also on display are various native flora, new plant species and unusual specimens that can be cultivated in this area are also on display.
Support for the arboretum comes mainly from memberships and fundraising initiatives. The New Jersey Cultural Trust gave the arboretum an Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grant. Other support received includes an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Its estate and gardens represent design trends by renowned landscape architects of the late 19th and 20th centuries. In 1974, local folks, including the Reed family, increased most of the purchase price to preserve the estate as an arboretum. Extra funds were also given by the City of Summit, which became property owner.
At the time George Morrison Hubbard, Jr. bought the adjacent field from Charlie Reed which provided the final funds needed to build the arboretum. He eventually donated the field and adjacent property to the arboretum in 2007, bringing the property nearer to its historic boundaries.
As of today, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum does not get any funding from the city of Summit. It relies for nearly 50 percent of its income from contributions and donations from arboretum members and fundraisers.