Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink

With Artist in Residence Lynda Chandler

B.S. Agriculture, University of Florida, Major:Ornamental Horticulture/Minor: Scientific Illustration

Tuesday July 28th, 2015, 1:30pm—4:30pm

$125 Workshop Fee (Supplies additional, see below.) In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Participants working on their drawings

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink

The Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink workshop is the second workshop in a series of three: graphite pencil precedes, and acrylic wash follows. Adult art students, beginner to experienced, can enjoy taking one or all to learn botanical illustration.

Pen and Ink students learn how to produce different strokes and create tone by using stipple and line. Students need to also purchase an art supply package or shop from a supply list found on the arboretum website event posting. Enjoy a workshop with a botanical artist who has received the tribute of being commissioned by major educational agencies and whose work is published.

Click this link to download the supply list. (PDF)

Click this link to view workshop syllabus. (PDF)


2015 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Wednesdays, July 29th and August 5th, noon, in the Pavilion, free, no advance registration, enjoy a brown bag lunch that you bring with you and an informative, interactive presentation. Attend one or all!

Fisheye perspective of a starry sky and nebula

July 29, Fireflies, Sustaining Nature's Lights

Dr. James McNeil from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, shares how development, light pollution, and the way we garden affects this wonderful native insect's sustainable population. Support fireflies! Plan to be with firefly lovers at this lecture!

Close-up of a firefly

August 5, Bats, Our Night Visitors

Dr. Katrina Gobetz, Mammalogy Professor at JMU shares about the weird adaptations and behavior of the flying animals that help with insect control and sometimes pollination. Learn about Virginia bat species experiencing population decline and how to help.


Summer Blue Moon Romantic

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides


July 31, 2015, Friday, 7:00-10:00 pm

(540) 568-3194 to Reserve Using Any Major Credit Card!

Enjoy an unusual and romantic summer dark-sky entertainment.

Prices: $12 per person for adults, children seven years and younger are $8, children two years and younger who ride on a lap are free. Up to six seats are sold in each carriage. For a private carriage any size group of up to six people, price is $65. Paid reservations are made by phone by credit card or walk-in weekdays, business hours at the Frances Plecker Education Center with cash or check. Walk-up rides days of events may be available, but are not guaranteed. Please arrive at the Frances Plecker Ed Center 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride time. Rides leave on a 20 minute schedule. Carriage ride is approximately one mile in length, and completes a circuit through the arboretum forest on a graveled, unlit route. Moderate inclement weather: carriage roofs go up! Dress for the weather at the Arboretum!


Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays, August 11th, and September 8th, 2015,
11:00am—Noon (approximately). In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Participants working on their drawings

Stories come to life for young children with animated readings. Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of natural waterways and how streams and wetlands support health and variety in plant and animal life from children's literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic lunch for after Storytime. On days when the sun is shining and the temperatures are warm Storytime is outside at the Jurney Stage Garden! Inclement weather~ Storytime comes indoors to the Frances Plecker Ed Center.

After story time, for young reading enthusiasts with energy left to burn, enjoy another learning adventure, an audio tree tour with any hand-held device with access to the internet going to the Arboretum's self-guided-tour.

For more information, or to learn of events and programs available at the EJC Arboretum for children, call (540) 568-3194, workweek days, business hours, or visit the Arboretum's Calendar of Events. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest and see all the arboretum social media online at our website.


Other Events Coming Soon in the New Year

  • April 20 to October 15, 2015 Walk-Up Plant Sale Beginning in mid-April, and projected to continue until the first hard frost in the region which will be about mid-October. Shop from a selection usually currently in bloom natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees at the *FPEC.

  • April 20 to October 15, 2015 Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment Beginning in mid-April, and projected to continue until the first hard frost in the region which will be about mid-October. Shop from the entire greenhouse inventory of natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees, by advance appointment only, with $50 minimum purchase required. Call (540) 568-3194, or visit the arboretum website to schedule the appointment.

  • September 4, 2015, Wine & Cheese in the Trees Lecture, 5:00-7:00 pm, Friday, Arrival at 5:00, Demo at 5:30, Lecture at 6:00 p.m., Enjoy a series of lectures featuring botanicals used in fine cuisine and wines, includes international cheeses, two beverages of choice, and culinary demonstration tastings.

  • October 17, 2015, Remarkable Trees Field Trip, Remarkable Trees Field Trip departs from the FPEC and will be supported by JMU UREC. This is a 12 mile bicycle trip with a picnic lunch rest stop midway, enjoying the Remarkable Trees of the C&O Canal between Williamsport and Ft. Frederick. Bicycles and round trip transportation are provided for a field trip fee of $25.

Interested in seeing more of what's coming up next? Please check our Annual Calendar of Events.

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