Spring at Reeves-Reade Arboretum: Summit, NJ

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Spring has sprung at Reeves-Reade Arboretum! We visited earlier this week to take a peek at the daffodil bowl.

After reading the featured story on the storybook trail and admiring the hummingbird sculpture, we stumbled upon Peter’s Pond, a tranquil little spot to watch goldfish swim. Tucked behind the pond are a few picnic tables where we took a snack break and enjoyed the bird serenade and view.

Fragrant and wonderful, we were pleasantly surprised to see so many daffodils in bloom. In April, there will be over 50,000! We can’t wait to see it in its full splendor.

A plaque revealed the inspiration behind the daffodil bowl: “In the weeks following September 11, 2001, we came together to plant daffodils on this site as a symbol of hope and courage for all.” How poetic and beautiful is that? It reminded me of a lyric from a song that we’ve been singing at Hoboken Grace, Catch Me Singing by Sean Curran: “What you have grown into a garden, you planted in the dark.” I’m so encouraged that even in the midst of sorrow, there is abundant hope.

In addition to the daffodil bowl, there are toddler-friendly woodland trails that combined total less than a mile. We explored them last fall and adored the trees’ autumn costumes. We’re thankful for Spring and look forward to many more visits in the coming weeks to admire the daffodils, azaleas, and roses in full bloom.

The Park Mama Tips:

  • The entrance and exit gates are one-way and open automatically. It appears closed, but if you pull your car up slowly to the gate, the sensor will trigger.
  • The gardens are stroller-friendly and the woodland trails are doable with a stroller, though it may not be the smoothest ride.

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Visiting Reeves-Reade Arboretum

Published by TheParkMama

Hi, I'm Janet, a city dwelling nature lover and mama bear of toddler and preschool aged explorers. We love discovering uncrowded green spaces within a short drive of Hoboken, NJ that are little kid-friendly - from botanical gardens and nature preserves to arboretums and parks - there's something magical about adventuring together.

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