Arboretum 25th Anniversary

Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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New Events Coming Soon in the New Year

  • December week prior to Christmas, date to be announced, to the 31st, 2014, Winter Holiday, EJC Arboretum offices closed to reopen tentatively January 5, 2015

  • February 11, 2015, Terrarium Workshop, Wednesday, noon-1:30 pm, in the FPEC. Arboretum Director Jan Sievers Mahon, demonstrates and guides participants through the process of creating a terrarium. Create a wee world with different kinds of botanicals each year to use as home or business decor. Registration opens online 30 days in advance of the workshop.

  • February 13 & 14, 2015, Valentine's Day Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Friday and Saturday, 5-8 pm. Romantic horse drawn carriages leave from the FPEC by moonlight, advance reservations recommended. Walk up rides may be available day of. Call to reserve.

  • February 24, 2015, Frances Litten Invitational Dinner Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm, Festival Conference Center, Ballroom B. By invitation only, the 9th annual Frances A. Litten Invitational Dinner is a gathering of colleagues and friends of founding arboretum board member and educator, Frances A. Litten.

  • February 24, 2015, Frances Litten Botanical Lecture, Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 pm, Festival Conference Center, Ballroom A.  The 9th annual lecture offered free to the public, held in the Festival Conference Center on the campus of James Madison University. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. and will once again give the public practical tips and information about many exciting and innovative uses of common plants in landscape designs and home gardening. Learn about transforming any garden into an outdoor gallery of pleasures with the 2015 talk, Art and Artifacts in the Garden with Doug Croft a staff horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden. Book and arboretum products sales after the lecture 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

  • March 17, 2015St. Patrick's live Highland Pipes Free Public Concert. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic dinner for a free public live performance of Highland Pipes.

  • March 17, 2015, St. Patrick's Day Dinner Lecture, in the FPEC offered on St. Patrick's Day annually, 6:00-8:30 pm. Enjoy fine genuine Irish cuisine and brew.

  • March, 2015, Spring Children's Art Workshop,  date to be announced online approximately a month ahead, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Frances Plecker Education Center, (FPEC). The Tues, Wed, and Thurs workshop offers children’s education on plant identification as well as basic botanical drawing, all materials included in a $35 cover charge. Advance online registration needed.

  • March, 2015, Birding Workshop,  date to be announced online approximately a month ahead, noon-1:30 pm In the FPEC, in partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club. An avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species Diane Lepkowski, lectures on songbirds to raptors, giving an annual spring lecture and forum discussion in the *FPEC, noon to 1:30 pm, This workshop partners with guided birding trail walks in April or May.


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

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