Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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2015 Fall Plant & Bulb Sale

Continuing on a walkup basis thru Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Weekdays during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Shop Saturday Too, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Oct 3!

At the Frances Plecker Education Center

Fall is a great time to plant! Temperatures moderate and soil holds warmth allowing for rapid root development. Perennials, shrubs and trees planted in the fall establish to be ready for a spring bloom that will burst into enviable color! Shop the sale with friends and family for a fun way to enhance the beauty of your home or business landscape.

Your purchase with cash, check, or charge, supports JMU's and Harrisonburg's favorite urban greenspace, open daily from dawn to dusk, free to the public.

Advanced Study in Graphite Pencil and Acrylic Wash

Acrylic Watercolor Botanical Illustration

In the Frances Plecker Education Center

With Artist in Residence

 Lynda Chandler

B.S. Agriculture, University of Florida, Major: Horticulture/Minor: Scientific Illustration

October 12th, 13th 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2015, 1:30-4:30 pm each day

$200 Supplies additional

Supplies are additional. Supply kits are available through Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg. Simply call the store and reserve and pay for a kit. Kits will be delivered to students the first day of class. See supply kit list.

Prerequisite: Graphite Pencil, or Pen and Ink with Lynda Chandler. Must have previous drawing experience.

After a group walk on the grounds of the EJC Arboretum, students will choose one plant to study in depth for the entire workshop. Color mixing is covered. The final composition will emphasize the specimen in detail using graphite pencil and acrylic wash skills. Enjoy an opportunity to learn from a botanical artist who has received the tribute of being commissioned by major educational agencies, and whose work is published.

Click here to register online.

2015 Children's Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

At the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, free children's crafts, dancers, and musicians, all join together
with the EJC Arboretum, for the 2015 Children's Harvest Festival!

  • Harvest tree seeds and nuts to be involved in plantings that benefit Virginia waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Visit and go aboard Gus Bus to enjoy the final Storytime in the Understory of 2015.

  • See the JMU Dance Theatre club and learn dance games and moves. Hear live instrumental and vocal music performed by JMU music performance degree students.

  • Walk the magical forest with a woodland fairy princess and build fairy houses.

Enjoy a simple snack during your afternoon of adventure. Make a beautiful fall craft. Registration is not needed; admission is free! Severe inclement weather automatically cancels this outdoor family event.

2015 Remarkable Trees Field Trip

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Departing 8:00 a.m. Returning 6:00 p.m. Meeting 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot at the

Frances Plecker Education Center

$25 per person, register by October 15

Photo of bicyclists riding along a lake.

Register early to be one of a group of ten bicyclists for this trip.

Enjoy an “edventure” of the Remarkable Trees of the C & O Canal, in the beauty of fall tree color, from historic Williamsport to Fort Frederick. This is a twelve-mile, flat terrain biking educational tree tour with the Arboretum Director and JMU University Recreation Center bicycles provided.

Field trip registrants only need to wear clothing suitable for a bicycle adventure along the tow path of the C & O Canal, and bring their own helmet and a picnic lunch, water and drinks and snacks for the all-day trip.

Photo of bicyclists riding along a lake.

Enjoy learning about remarkable trees along the C&O Canal with this educational adventure led by the Arboretum Director.

Space is limited. Reserve early for this “edventure” to learn all about the remarkable and ancient trees found along the C&O Canal and Potomac River. Time for enjoying the visitor center at Wiliamsport before the bicycling begins, and time to relax and enjoy historic Fort Frederick before the load up to return to JMU is part of this day's activities. When spaces are filled, all registrations will be wait-listed in the order in which they are recieved. Click here to register.

Transportation to and from the destination and JMU UREC bicycles are provided for the $25 fee.

2015 Fall Color Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

At the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Celebrate the fall tree color in the EJC Arboretum in a memorable way. The beauty of the woods in fall color can be enjoyed in a carriage drawn by beautiful Percheron horses. Travel the woodland trails in a relaxing way celebrating the changing season. Whether out of town guests for JMU Family Weekend, or locals, all can enjoy one of the nicest ways to experience the EJC Arboretum. For the per person cost of a movie ticket for a flick they'll soon forget, make a lifetime memory!

  • Private carriages for any party size from one to six persons of any age at purchaser's choice are $65.
  • 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.
  • Up to six individual seats are sold in each carriage.
  • 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.)

Bonsai Workshop

Tuesdays, November 10th & 17th, 2015, 12 noon–1:00 p.m.

At the Frances Plecker Education Center

(For returning Bonsai students bringing their bonsai in for a tune-up,
sign up for just the final session, registration only $12)

Bonsai Workshop Art

For beginners or returning students wanting continuing guidance at the final session, Arboretum Grounds Manager and Bonsai Master, Michael Hott, will lead a workshop on bonsai gardening. This workshop is an inclusive bonsai experience where you can learn and practice skills that will enable you to grow and train a "wee tree." Relax and enjoy the meditative process of bonsai. Take this workshop with a friend and enjoy learning the process together.

Plan to take a bonsai 'wee tree' away at the end of this workshop to enjoy as a decorative piece for your home or to give as a unique gift. Workshop sessions are offered annually in the spring and fall so no one has to continue the process alone. Returning bonsai enthusiasts can register for just the last session, and bring their bonsai with them for guidance.

Register soon. Space is limited! Click here to register.

Other Events Coming Soon

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

 EJC Arboretum Events and Programs are Virginia Green.

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