Create a celebration that goes beyond ordinary to exceptional. In a private luxurious vis-á-vis carriage, riders are drawn by beautiful horses with an experienced coachman.
Celebrate Valentine's Day carriage rides by moonlight, Saturday February 13 & Sunday February 14, 2016 Saturday evening 6—9 pm, Sunday afternoon 1—4pm
Reserve now and make romantic dreams come true!
Purchases support Harrisonburg's favorite place for marriage proposals... the EJC Arboretum!
Due to extremely low temperatures forecasted for Saturday night, we regretfully must cancel Saturday's rides. Sunday's rides remain scheduled as planned.
Register for a hands-on workshop that will lead participants through the process of how to make a small miniature indoor garden in a container. Participants will craft their miniature garden in a planter from start to finish, receive tips and complete instructions as their unique garden miniature is underway, and will take home a completed mini garden in a container at the end of the workshop. Plan on playing in the dirt…and dress accordingly. Selections for Mini-Garden's features and plants will vary for individuality! Everything needed to create a mini landscape is included!
Image provided by Landscapes in Miniature and may not represent an exact model of mini garden produced.
Additional mini items will be available to purchase to take home for future additional mini gardens or to exchange mini landscape décor. Also available to purchase: finished mini gardens to use as gifts for friends or for those who can't create their own.
Cost is $35 per person, and includes:
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.
Speaker and co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, Claudia West present at the 2016 annual Frances Litten Botanical Lecture on Tuesday, February 23. She will share groundbreaking and powerful landscape design concepts. Offering alternatives to traditional horticulture–Rainer and West's plantings function like a naturally occurring plant community. West is a leading voice in ecological landscape design, and she will reveal how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it will be inspiring, her talk on Planting in a Post–Wild World will reveal her and Mr. Rainer's optimistic philosophy leading the way to the future of planting design. The annual Frances Litten Botanical Lecture is free, No reservation is needed, first come, first seated, Festival Conference Center on the JMU campus starting at 7:00 p.m. Free parking is available.
The Frances Litten Botanical Lecture Series each year is dedicated to the memory of Frances A. Litten, 1929—2005 of Bridgewater, Virginia. Mrs. Litten was born March 18, 1929 in Owenton, Virginia. Married in 1949 to Donald D. Litten, together they raised a family of three children, and became grandparents of six.
A 1949 Graduate of then Madison College, Mrs. Litten was a teacher in both Shenandoah County and Rockingham County. She devoted herself to worthy causes, serving on the Advisory Council of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and the North River Library. She was active in Greener Harrisonburg and in JMU alumni affairs.
An accomplished horticulturalist, Mrs. Litten was a member and past president of the Round Hill Garden Club. She served on the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah District of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. She was also a flower show judge, accredited by the National Council of Accredited Flower Show Judges.
Be a child scientist for the day with JMU Biology professor Dr. Morgan Steffen, and collect and then examine water samples from the arboretum pond and stream. Elementary school age children will learn how to use a microscope to view and identify the bacteria that live in the water. Wear water friendly shoes or rain boots, and dress for the weather on the day of the workshop. This educational children's workshop is free! A parent or caregiver is welcome to attend with their child. Click here to register for this workshop.