Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Something Beautiful

Presented by the Colonial Garden Club
A digital photographic walk through
of the rarer flowers of the arboretum,
with Photographer, Lynn Whitmore.
Monday, January 23, 2017,
Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Frances
Plecker Education Center

Anyone and everyone feeling the effects of wintery blahs, who need to be refreshed with a winter-time digital walk through the arboretum, is invited to this free program. Enjoy a slide show of some of the arboretum's more rare or unusual flowers, with contributing arboretum photographer, Lynn Whitmore. Bring a friend to – or make a friend at – this program that is supported by the Colonial Garden Club.

Come and enjoy Lynn's breathtaking photos like her hard-to-find Squirrel Corn flower that is growing at the arboretum. Very close in appearance to and confused with Dutchman's breeches, which is easily found on the arboretum grounds… Squirrel Corn seems to hide from arboretum visitors.

There will also be photos of flowers from the Shenandoah National Park to enjoy in her slide show. Plan to be there!


Blue Ridge Prism logo

Please join us to learn more about a funding opportunity through NRCS for invasive species removal in Augusta, Albemarle, Clarke, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Rapahannock, Rockingham, Page and Warren counties. The dollar amount available to an eligible landowner depends on many factors but could be as high as $22,000 spread over a three-year period. We will begin at 6:00 with introductions and a brief presentation about the Blue Ridge PRISM - the first cooperative weed management area in Virginia - followed by more detailed information about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding opportunity. For more information, please visit the Blue Ridge PRISM site.

Blue Ridge Prism Meeting

February 1, 2017,
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Frances
Plecker Education Center


Valentine's Day Holiday
Carriage Rides

Feb. 12, 1:00-4:00 pm,
and Feb. 14, 2017, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
See details below.

Not merely a carriage ride... but a romantic Valentine's moonlight or afternoon carriage ride in a woodland garden setting in Harrisonburg's favorite place for marriage proposals. Create a Valentine's Day celebration that goes beyond ordinary. Your memorable Valentine's carriage ride may be only a first ride if you propose or court in a carriage. Bring your romantic experience full circle and enjoy an exceptional wedding day carriage conveyance at an arboretum garden wedding. Then make a tradition of moonlight carriage rides whenever they are offered throughout the year at the EJC Arboretum. In a luxurious vis-à-vis carriage, drawn by Rocktown's favorite horses of Classic Carriage, rides can be reserved for Sunday afternoon Feb. 12 and the evening of Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

For event-related questions, please call the Arboretum office at (540) 568-3194 for full details and prices. Don't wait to reserve ~ this event normally sells out!

Photo of a covered horse-drawn carriage and a group of riders
  • Private carriages that seat up to four adults are $75. The private carriage rate will be sold to all group sizes of four adults. Group sizes of four always buy the $75 carriage.
  • Only group sizes of three, two, or one person can buy by the seat. The per person ticket price is $18 adults, and $12 for kids ten years of age and younger. Infants that ride on an adult lap who are under two years of age are free.
  • The maximum group size per carriage is four for adult riders. Adult riders are anyone eleven years of age or older.
  • The maximum group size per carriage for families is five people IF children are ten years old or younger. For children eleven years and older, adult per person policy stands enforce.
  • Paid reservations are made by phone using any major credit card, or walk-in weekdays, business hours, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Frances Plecker Education Center with cash or check.
  • Walk-up rides days of events might be available but are not guaranteed. Call ahead for walk-up riders. (540) 568-3194.
  • Please arrive at the Frances Plecker Ed Center 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride time. Rides leave on an exact 20 minute schedule. There is no guarantee that late arrivals can or will be re-seated on a later ride, and a late arriving party's ride may be forfeit.
  • Each 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 weather forecast! Extreme inclement weather: postponement may be posted on arboretum website, day of. In inclement weather, check the website for an announcement on the day of, www.jmu.edu/arboretum. If no cancellation posts on website by 10:00 am day of, rides proceed.
  • Tickets are transferable! Credit, cash, check carriage ride ticket purchases are non-refundable. Rides support the EJC Arboretum.
  • A negotiable minimum $15 additional charge for private carriages only that are requested after the close of the event's scheduled rides may be negotiated at carriage driver's discretion. (No individual seat rides are sold after close of event schedule.)

photo of Kokedama Fern Moss Ball

The fern moss ball in a glass terrarium will be similar to the one shown above.

If winter has you down, enjoy making a decor piece, a "wee world", great for decorating and bringing cheer to any home or office. Time stops and harsh seasons do not touch the inner world of terrariums. It's spring all year for a Kokedama moss ball in its wee world!

An arboretum expert will lead the workshop to guide attendees through the process of creating a fern moss ball of their own. While creating a Kokedama, attendees will also learn about the compatibility of moss balls with moisture loving, low light plants like ferns. Everyone will leave this workshop knowing the "how to"s of maintaining a Kokedama for longevity and pleasure for years to come.

The $35 program fee includes everything needed to create a Kokedama glass terrarium. The program will fill quickly, and you can register by clicking here.

2017 Terrarium Workshop

February 15, 2017,
Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Frances
Plecker Education Center


The 11th Annual Frances Litten
Botanical Lecture with author
Dr. Lytton John Musselman

February 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Festival Conference Center

Enjoy hearing a free talk with an accompanying slide show with Dr. Lytton John Musselman, about collecting and preparing food from wild plants, which is his labor of love. Explore many wild plants and their human food uses, outside of commonly known wild plants, like huckleberry, whose fruits humans consume. Explore a broad survey of Virginia plants that can be served at your table, and even take home recipes of delicious cordials and aperitifs he makes from native plants. Click here to download a copy of the lecture program.


Participate in this month's Photo of the Month Contest!  Click here for contest rules and entry information.


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

Promotional photographs are taken by staff of arboretum events.
Written requests to the Web manager to remove a photograph will be honored.