SUMMIT, NJ - 'ART in the Garden' is Reeves-Reed Arboretum's (RRA) largest annual fundraiser, and the success of the event -- while always important -- has taken on significantly added importance given the one-two punch the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Isaias combined to deliver this year.

That double-impact resulted in:

  • The cancellation of 'Daffodil Day' and Arboretum's spring programs and school field trips, resulting in an estimated $26,000 loss in income.
  • The pandemic forced the Arboretum to cancel five weeks of summer camp and reduce the number of campers who were allowed to attend by 50%.
  • Hurricane Isaias caused a tremendous amount of damage to the Stackhouse Education Center and woodlands.  Repairs are estimated to cost $60,000.

'ART in the Garden' provides operating income that helps keep the Arboretum's gates open, grounds beautiful, and enables it to deliver quality programming throughout the year. 

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The virtual fundraiser features an online auction, with more than 30 items appealing to varied interests to chose from -- bidding is now underway.

One-hundred-percent of all donations go toward helping the Arboretum fulfill its mission to engage, educate and enrich its visitors.

To learn more about 'Art in the Garden', visit reeves-reedarboretum.org.