SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s 'Square Foot Gardening Program' is on a mission to change the world and make a difference locally. Through a unique and simple system, gardeners don’t need tools or fertilizer and, once a garden is built, there are no weeds.

Recent grants from the Summit Area Public Foundation ($7,000) and The Junior League of Summit, Inc. ($3,000) will help the Arboretum build upon this program, and implement curriculum with local participating schools.

Originally developed to teach good nutrition and healthy eating within the limited opportunities offered in urban landscapes, Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s educators, led by Sq. Ft. Garden Specialist, Althea Llewellyn, bring this program to schools and community groups around the state.

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“The enthusiastic response we get from our partners, such as the principal and teachers at the Franklin Elementary School, demonstrate that they recognize the important role Reeves-Reed Arboretum plays in educating our community about the environment, nutrition and sustainability,” said Llewellyn.

in addition, Novartis has awarded Reeves-Reed Arboretum a grant of $10,000 in their continued support of the Arboretum's award-winning 'Hands-to-Nature' program, which provides a full-day, hands-on, nature-rich experience to kids from Newark, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Bayonne. The Arboretum's environmental educators carefully prepare up-to-date curriculum, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and work directly with each classroom instructor in preparation for the trip to the Arboretum. After their visit, follow up materials and opportunities are provided for each participating school.  

For more information about about 'Square Foot Gardening' or 'Hands-to-Nature', visit reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787, ext. 1010.