Arboretum 25th Anniversary

Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Three 25's for the 25th Anniversary

Online Holiday Plant Sale

Monday, November 17—Friday, December 5, 2014

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Bring the beauty of fresh blooming holiday plants into your home or office for the Holidays. The EJC Arboretum offers locally-grown, high-quality plants.

Click here to place your order online!



Festive Greens

An Annual WORKSHOP

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Noon—1:30 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center, $35 fee

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With Abby Long, owner of Blakemore´s Flowers

Festive Greens is an exciting annual EJC Arboretum workshop led by Abby Long owner of Blakemore's Flowers, voted by DNR reader's "2014 Best in the Valley" flower shop. Participants take their unique personal décor piece home after enjoying a creative experience that is fine-tuned under the guidance of a floral expert. The 2014 craft is a Holiday Star, made with evergreens chosen for beauty, fragrance, and symbolism.

Your $35 registration fee for the Festive Greens Workshop includes everything you need to create a 24" evergreen hanging star! Bring lights, ribbon, and ornaments for those who want to personalize their craft at the workshop. See premade evergreen stars at the workshop created by Blakemore's Flowers to be sold in the shop starting at $60.

Click here for online registration.




Moonlight Holiday Carriage Rides

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 5:00—8:00 p.m.

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Celebrate the Holidays with a truly unforgettable experience - a horse-drawn carriage ride offered one wintery evening each year. For about the cost of taking the family out to a movie they´ll forget, create a lifetime memory instead. Begin a new Holiday tradition with your family.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone. Individual walk-up rides may be available on a first come, first seated basis day of, but calling ahead is recommended. To make your reservation, call (540) 568-3194 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Adult rides by the individual seat in a carriage selling six seats are $12 per person. Children eight years and younger are $8. Infants 2 years and younger who ride on a lap are free.

  • Private carriages for any party size of one to six persons of any age are $65.

  • Up to six individual seats are sold in each carriage. Private carriages seat any group size up to six people for a group size that is the private ride purchaser's choice.

  • 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 late arrivals rides 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.)

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

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