Thursday, August 29, 2013

Local Business Spotlight: Reeves-Reed Arboretum!

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With summer winding down and fall right around the corner, it’s important to remember the places that are fun to visit year-round in New Jersey! So today, as your New Jersey real estate agent, I’d like to shine a spotlight on the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ.

Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, this arboretum displays design trends of landscape architects from the late 19th and 20th centuries. There is lots of history here, as each exhibit was added at different times throughout the past couple centuries.

The arboretum is made up of five-and-a-half acres of formal gardens, each representing design trends from the early 20th century. Some favorite exhibits include the Wisner House, the Keller Azalea Garden , the Rose Garden and the Rock Garden. You can stroll down the trails, take a group or self-guided tour, or just sit and relax on the benches.

Nature isn’t all you’ll find at the arboretum! There is the interactive exhibit called ‘Elements’, which works the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water into the setting. There are 30 site-specific installations, using materials unique to the grounds, and some even contributed from Hurricane Sandy! This is definitely a sight to see.

The arboretum also hosts numerous events year-round, which makes it a great destination, no matter what time of year you’d like to go! They have classes on Wednesday afternoons for kids ages three to five. Each week, they create a different art project with a different theme. The arboretum also host concerts, such as the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Alumni Concert coming up on Sept. 11.

Annual events occur year-round as well, with ‘Celebrate Fall’ being the next one to look forward to, happening on Oct. 27 this year. There are all sorts of educational sessions too, for children, youth and teens, scouts and school groups, and adult lectures, trips and workshops.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are also available at the arboretum, which is a great way for residents who just relocated to Summit, NJ to meet new people! Currently, the volunteers meet at the Louise B. Roehm Greenhouse on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.

The arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk. It’s free, but there is a nonmember suggested donation of $5. Still, that’s a great price for spending an afternoon in a beautiful, serene setting!

As a Summit real estate agent, it’s important to me that you become familiar with local businesses and attractions after buying a Summit home. By keeping up with my local business spotlight blogs, you can feel a bit more familiar with the town that you're moving to.

Whether it’s Summit, Millburn, Short Hills or one of the many other towns I work in, there is something for everyone! When you’re ready to relocate, contact me. Together, we can figure out where the best location is for you to live!

Elaine Pruzon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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