SUMMIT, NJ - New Jersey Family Magazine has debuted its first-ever "New Jersey Family Ultimate Bucket List," a compilation of revealing the magazine followers', users', and readers’ 'must see' attractions and experiences in and around the Garden State.

And, since this is the Garden State, there had to be a "Best Garden", and Summit's Reeves-Reed Arboretum has been chosen to top that category. Editors tallied votes from across the state to come up with the top picks that make up this reader-generated list. The expectation is that families will use this list to inspire memorable day trips and experiences.

“We are pleased to have been selected for this honor by NJ Family readers,” says Frank Juliano, Executive Director of the Arboretum.  “This encouragement and recognition, from NJ Family as well as the support from all of our media partners, is an acknowledgment of the dedication and passion our staff and trustees bring in support of our mission to engage, educate and enrich.”

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum now annually attracts more than 100,000 people -- up from just 28,000 in 2009 --  and aims to provide the best in environmental education programs for children and adults, lectures, concerts, tours and art exhibitions.

With the increase in guests to the grounds, the Arboretum is undertaking a two-phased accessibility project to make the grounds fully safe and available to everyone who visits. The first phase of this project should be near completion by mid- to late-autumn. The Arboretum has also launched a partnership with Bridges Outreach – a job readiness pilot program for the homeless where vetted candidates received basic gardening and facilities management skills, with the ultimate goal of job interviews and placement through the Arboretum’s participating vendors.

For more information about Reeves-Reed Arboretum, visit reeves-reedarboretum.org. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue.