Daffodils In NJ: Family Fun At Reeves Reed Arboretum


Get your insta feed ready—daffodils in NJ are beginning to pop, and Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Daffodil Day on April 14 is the place to snap photos and explore these gorgeous blooms. One of the largest daffodil collections in New Jersey, the Arboretum—celebrating its 50th anniversary this year— will once again have its historic budding yellow and white bowl with activities that celebrate everything Daffy. Scroll down for how you can bring the fam to admire the largest collection of daffodils in NJ this spring, and for more blooms, check out these gardens and nature centers in NJ. (featured photo credit:istock/Kirkikis)

Daffodil Day

So many daffodils, so little time. Photo Credit: @lav.pics

Why Summit is the best place to see daffodils in NJ

Planted for the first time in the early 1900s by the property’s original owners, the Wiseners, the daffodils are a long tradition at the mansion. Today, there are over 50,000 annual bulbs on the grounds, which became known as the Daffodil Bowl (for the way the ground dips to resemble a vast bowl) and brings admirers from all over NJ to see the spring display. One of the season’s first blooms, daffodils in NJ begin to show their gorgeous colors in early spring and reach their peak about a month after the final frost. This year, Daffodil Day culminates on April 14, and seeing the rolling fields of yellow and white is a sign that spring is finally here. 

Daffodil Day

Take a walk among the gorgeous daffodil blooms. Photo Credit: @reevesreedarboretum

Fun for the whole family

Who doesn’t love vendors, food, and beautiful flowers? The yellow beauties are just one part of the day planned. After walking among these gorgeous blooms in the Daffodil Bowl, visit the Arboretum’s Green Goats, create spring-themed arts and crafts, play a few fun games, check out the art exhibit, and do the story and history walk. And make sure to indulge in a treat from the food trucks while shopping from local artisans with live music in the background at this 1970s Flower Power Daffodil Day. Can’t make it on April 14? You can stop by the Arboretum now and throughout the month while the daffodils in NJ are in bloom.

Daffodil Day

Seeing daffodils in NJ is the perfect way to welcome spring. Photo Credit: @lav.pics

What to know before you go

Daffodils in NJ have already begun to bloom, so if you can’t make the event, you can still stop by during the Arboreteum’s public hours. Daffodil Day is April 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM, with staggered entry times at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM. Tickets are free for members and $10 per person for nonmembers, and you must pre-register and choose a time slot to enter. There will be a 50th Anniversary Daffodil Fundraiser where each $25 gift ensures the purchase and planting of 10 daffodil bulbs to add to the Reeves-Reed display. During Daffodil Day, parking is limited, and biking and walking are encouraged. The Arboretum parking lot will be closed during the event, but on-street parking is available. Please adhere to all parking signs and give yourself ample time to park and walk to the Arboretum. If you haven’t had enough of the beautiful blooms, on April 17-21, you can sign up to enjoy tea in their Secret Tea room overlooking the daffodils.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

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