2016 Calendar of Annual Events

Updated: February 14, 2016


  • November, 2017, Bonsai Workshop, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead.noon—1:00, $35 workshop fee for two sessions, in the Frances Plecker Education Center. All supplies are included. Create a "wee tree". Online Registration opens 30 days before event.
  • November, 2017, JMU Holiday,  EJC Arboretum offices closed.
  • December, 2017, Annual Festive Greens Workshop, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead. Noon—1:30 pm, Create a versatile holiday décor piece that will beautify any holiday home or business with style and fragrance, under the guidance of a floral expert, Abby Long from Blakemore's Florist. Fee varies depending on supplies ordered when registering. Registration will open 30 days before the event. Held in the Frances Plecker Education Center. Online Registration opens 30 days before event.
  • December, 2017, Moonlight Holiday and Winter Commencement Carriage Rides, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead. 5—8:00 pm, reserve to enjoy a horse drawn holiday carriage moonlight or daytime ride. Horse teams are harnessed in jingle bells for this festive Holiday celebration. For the cost of a movie ticket, create a holiday memory of a lifetime! Browse arboretum website, late fall for information when posted. Carriages leave the Frances Plecker Education Center on a 20 minute schedule.
  • December, 2017—January, 2018, Winter Holiday, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead. JMU closed, and EJC Arboretum offices are closed for winter holidays.
  • * "FPEC" Frances Plecker Education Center, found on the grounds of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum,

    780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22807, 540-568-3194


    Grounds open free to the public, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
    The Arboretum offices in the Frances Plecker Ed Center are open weekdays. Calls and emails are answered from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except holidays. Check the website calendar for holiday closings.

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    (540) 568-3194, fax (540) 568-5115
    780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807