Portrait of Dr. Norlyn Bodkin, EJC Arboretum founding Director

The EJC Arboretum staff joins with the family and friends honoring and remembering Dr. Norlyn Bodkin, founding Director, in appreciation for his work of creating and preserving the beloved gardens of native flowers, now left behind for all generations to come.

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains." — Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Thank You Harrisonburg Construction

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Monthly Photo Contest

Monthly Photo Contest

The arboretum is seeking photographers of all ages to participate in our monthly, seasonal pictures photo contest.

Click here for rules and submission information.

View the August 2014 Photo Contest Winner!

View photos of the EJC Arboretum's 25th Anniversary Celebration Reception held June 21, 2014 here.

Upcoming Events

25th Anniversary Celebration Plant Sales

Private Greenhouse Shopping Appointments can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at either 10:30 am or 1:30 pm
Garden lovers can continue to shop for native plants, shrubs, and trees as well as the newest hybrids with Greenhouse Shopping Appointments. More information.

Beginning Ink Botanical Illustration Student Art Exhibit

Monday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the Frances Plecker Ed Center
Garden lovers can continue to shop for native plants, shrubs, and trees as well as the newest hybrids with Greenhouse Shopping Appointments. More information.

Beginning Acrylic Wash Botanical Illustration Workshop

October 6, 8, 13, 15, and 20, 2014 at the Frances Plecker Education Center
Stunning fall colors abound this time of year. Capture the beauty in this painting class for beginners, or for anyone who has not painted in acrylic wash before! More information.

Fall Color Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 2014 fall tree color in the EJC Arboretum in a memorable way. The beauty of the woods in fall color can be enjoyed in a carriage drawn by beautiful Percheron horses. Travel the woodland trails in a relaxing way celebrating the changing season. Whether out of town guests for JMU Family Weekend, or locals, all can enjoy one of the nicest ways to experience the EJC Arboretum. For the per person cost of a movie ticket for a flick they'll soon forget, make a lifetime memory! More information.

Children´s Fall Nature Art Workshop

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, October 13, 15, and 17, 2014, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
These dates are the fall themed workshop in an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children's art instruction that will allow children to produce their own botanical journal. The Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoon classes will focus on drawing fall season leaves, nuts and seed pods found within the Arboretum. More information.

Children´s Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:00 — 5:00 p.m.
Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, free children's crafts, dancers, musicians, and Harrisonburg's favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the EJC Arboretum, for the 2014 Children's Harvest Festival! More information.

Bonsai Workshop

Wednesday October 22 and 29, 2014, 12 noon — 1:00 p.m.
For beginners or returning students wanting continuing guidance at the final session, Arboretum Grounds Manager and Bonsai Master, Michael Hott, will lead a workshop on bonsai gardening. More information.

For a complete list of EJC Arboretum programs and events, browse our Annual Calendar of Events.

25th Anniversary Commemorative Products Available

25th Anniversary Wine Glass

Purchases of 25th Anniversary commemorative products can be made weekdays, business hours at the Frances Plecker Ed Center for the anniversary stationery set, wine glasses, and more products including t-shirts.

Trees Live Here Book Cover

Trees Live Here, by Susan McDougall, featuring the EJC Arboretum, is available for purchase in the Frances Plecker Ed Center for $45.