Upcoming Events at the Arboretum
Frances Litten Botanical Lecture
February 25, 2014
A PDF copy of the lecture notes for the February 25 Frances Litten Botanical Lecture with Mr. Bryce Lane will be available to download and print beginning February 27 at brycehlane.com. Mr. Bryce Lane, host of "In the Garden with Bryce Lane," a twice Emmy award-winning program offered on UNC-TV, spoke at the eighth annual Frances Litten Botanical Lecture. Offered free to the public, held in the Festival Conference Center on the campus of James Madison University each year, the Frances Litten Botanical Lectures give the public the latest in innovative and practical botanical education.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner and a Virtual Journey to Ireland
Bicycling and Botanizing the Burren, County Clare, Ireland
Monday, March 17, 2014. Dinner 6:30pm, Presentation 7:30pm.
Presenting at 7:30 pm, Dr. Jonathan Monroe shares his bicycling trip to western Ireland where he circled the Burren, a vast area of exposed limestone, rich in botanical diversity, harsh with winds and rain. In Dr. Monroe's slideshow, see colorful pictures of Rock Rose, Bloody Cranesbill, Heath, and Spotted Orchid among other wildflowers. Also enjoy interesting sites like the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Perfumery, the Irish matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna, and a small ancient burial site dating back to 2500 BC, Poulnabrone Dolmen. Dr. Monroe also shares his evening with a group of butterfly enthusiasts at a pub in Ballyvaughan during the presentation that concludes 8:30 pm.
Live performance at the Jurney Stage Garden by JMU music performance students Katherine Victoria Hummel on Celtic fiddle, and kilted piper Jenna Marie Denison on Highland Pipes 5:00 to 5:45 pm, free to the public.
Cash Bar available 30 minutes before dinner services
Dinner, 6:30 pm, $35
Includes 3 course dinner, tax, tip, beverages, and libation of choice
Enjoy a robust three-course Irish repast, starting with Yorkshire Pudding, raised high and piping hot with drippings, Second course of Glazed Corned Beef with Lentils and Carrots served with Fried Irish Cabbage with Bacon, and conclude your fine dining experience with a dessert classic, Donegal Oatmeal Cream! Dinner includes your choice of a libation choosing from Guinness or Harp beer or three varietals in fine wine. Gratify your Irish... spoil someone special with an evening out... indulge your pallet with unusual fare... and expand your knowledge of the enigmatic plant world and its lovely and diverse populations!
Advance dinner reservations needed by March 12! Register online or phone 568-3194. Sorry, this event is filled.
More information is available at https://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/starrynightsharrisonburg-page.shtml.
Diane Lepkowski of the Rockingham Bird Club
Birds of the Arboretum
March 26, 2014, noon to 1:30 pm
In partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club, Diane Lepkowski presents an informative review and slide show of birds found at the arboretum on Wednesday, March 26 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Frances Plecker Education Center. Any who want to linger and enjoy a question and answer period until 1:30 are welcome to stay. Lepkowski is a contributing bird photographer to the Arboretum Life website photo gallery and website birding pages. The Arboretum is an important migration "rest-stop," and spring sightings have included over a hundred species found on the arboretum website birding page.
Come to learn "how-tos" of equipment and technique, and hear Lepkowski recount humorous and insightful experiences of bird watching for enjoyment, including highlights of bird watching at the Arboretum.
And then take a Guided Bird Walk
with Greg Moyers, April 5, 8:00 am, Meets at the Pavilion
After attending the lecture for overview of birding "how-tos", take a guided bird walk at the EJC Arboretum led by birding expert and photographer Greg Moyers, starting from the arboretum Pavilion. Register for one, or register for both birding programs with our online form linked below:
Children's Spring Art Camp
at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
March 25, 26, and 27, 2014,
Tuesday through Thursday (three Sessions)
Lenna Frances Keefer, Artist and Facilitator
$35, for children ages seven to fourteen
includes sketch journal and pencil
These dates are for the spring-themed workshop in an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children's art instruction that will allow kids to produce their own botanical journals they'll treasure for their lifetime. The Tuesday through Thursday sessions will focus on spring season woodland wildflowers found within the arboretum, teaching plant identification, interdisciplinary historical plant lore, Native American plant culture, and basic science skills alongside botanical drawing technique. Journal work begins with rubbings and tracings, and then moves into sketching subjects. Workshop members will feel they're becoming young "John Clayton botanical explorers," and will use their pencils to document their findings as did the famous eighteenth-century botanical explorer and illustrator. This workshop will continue next into the summer session for children that will focus on the arboretum's trees and their unique leaf, bark, woody branch, and canopy formations. Hurry to register your child. Space is limited to 10 children, ages seven to fourteen, each session time. Parents are welcome to stay with their children during workshop sessions.
Interested in seeing what's coming up next? Please check our calendar of events.
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