Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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2016 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Wednesdays except July 4th week, Noon, EJC Arboretum Pavilion, free, no advance registration needed. Carry-in a brown bag lunch and enjoy lunch break with an informative talk.

Ducks Unlimited - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Noon at the EJC Arboretum Pavilion. No registration.
Neal Roth, Senior Regional Director, shares on wetlands conservation in the region and leads a conversation with questions and answers on how Ducks Unlimited works to mitigate human impact to native waterfowl and their environments.


Fishy Fish - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Noon at the EJC Arboretum Pavilion. No registration.
Thom Teears with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shares information about native fish commonly found in regional streams and ponds, rivers and lakes and the challenges natives face with invasive and detrimental kinds of competitive fish, crayfish, bacteria, and more.


Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays, August 9 and
September 13, 2016,
11:00am—Noon (approx.) in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.

A FREE program!

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.

Children gathered around listening to an adult reader

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Other Events Coming Soon

Now until mid-October's first hard frost, Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment 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 to schedule an appointment.

Now until mid-October's first hard frost, Walk Up Plant Sales Shop from a limited selection of perennials plants in bloom, shrubs and trees at the Frances Plecker Education Center, weekdays, during normal business hours.

September 9, 2016, Wine & Cheese in the Trees Lecture, Friday, 5:00—7:00 pm. Arrival at 5:00, Demo at 5:30, Lecture at 6:00 p.m. Kirk Billingsley, an '83 graduate of JMU will speak on antique and heritage varieties of apples, the cider making process and grafting techniques. Enjoy fine cuisine, international cheeses and wines with a culinary demonstration and tasting. $20 per person, advance reservation is required, and opens online August 9 at jmu.edu/arboretum.

September 23—October 1, 2016, Fall Plant and Bulb Sale, Friday September 23, and Saturday, September 24, at the Frances Plecker Education Center, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Then, plants and bulbs continue to be sold, Sunday excepted, until closing, 3:00 pm the Saturday of JMU Family Weekend. Also, buy the JMU Purple & Gold bulb collection at the arboretum table at the Godwin Field Fair 10:00 am—2:00 pm Saturday, October 1st before kickoff!


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

 Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Events and Programs are Virginia Green.

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