A short drive from New York city, in Summit NJ is a hidden gem called Reeves Reed Arboretum. It was once a privately owned estate that is now open to the public. Famous for the daffodil bowl which is in fact a hillside curved like a bowl, full of daffodils. There is a path to wander through and little patches to sit in amongst the daffodils. The first cluster of daffodils at Reeves Reed were planted in 1916. The natural spreading of bulbs along with further planting has created this magical spot. Despite the gardens being well managed and maintained, the daffodils really do have a wild feel, as they extend so far.
It is the perfect place to visit for a day out. Pack a picnic and blanket and enjoy the seasonal gardens and take a walk on the woodland trail. The garden is full of birds and this year we noticed bee hives too! We love to visit in April specifically to see the daffodils as it is such a wonderful sight, but the gardens are also lovely in Summer and Autumn.
Reeves Reed is closed on Mondays.
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Thank you for visiting us this past spring! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Arboretum and we love your photos – we’d love to post them to our Pinterest board!