Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Botanical Illustration

Student Art Exhibit

With Artist in Residence Lynda Chandler

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

Visit to view student work, anytime during weekday business hours, in the

Frances Plecker Education Center

Botanical Illustration Workshops...

Hand drawing a sketch with pencil

... are art workshops for adults who want to learn to capture the details of a plant to enjoy long after seeing it in real time in its real world.

Enrollment begins online 30 days before each workshop in the botanical illustration art program.

Seasonal workshops starting with Botanical Illustration in Graphite Pencil, followed with Pen and Ink, and concluded with Acrylic Watercolor are offered weekdays beginning in the spring and concluding in October. Check the arboretum website often, or ask to be added to email contacts to learn when the next Botanical Illustration workshop will open for online registration.

Student art is exhibited after workshops.


Wine and Cheese on the Ernst Terrace

Image of a Gnome home in a forest

Featuring: The Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Time: Reception at 5:00 pm, demonstration by the Executive Pastry Sous Chef at 5:30 pm, guest speaker, 6:00 pm

Cost: $15 per person - includes two beverages of choice (wine and beer). Featuring Virginia and imported cheeses, artisan breads and infused olive oils and wine from Bluestone Vineyard out of Bridgewater, VA.

Speaker: Josie Showalter, manager of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market speaks on the history of the market and how it supports environmental stewardship and community well-being.

RSVP: Online pre-registration is needed by 5:00 pm September 1.

Join us after the lecture for live music from Lady Godiva at the Journey Stage Garden from 7:00 to 8:00 pm


Storytime in the Understory

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015,
11:00am—Noon (approximately). In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Children gathered around listening to an adult reader

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.


Botanical Illustration in Acrylic Wash Workshop

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

September 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2015, 1:30-4:30 pm each day

$200 Supplies 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.

Students will explore color mixing for botanical subjects. Acrylic wash is like watercolor except that after a layer of paint dries, it is no longer movable. This has certain advantages students will experience. Instructor will provide plant specimens. 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.



2015 Fall Plant & Bulb Sale

Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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.

Beginning early September, bulb orders can be placed online at the arboretum website. Advance orders will be available to pick up ahead, either during the business work week, or at the plant sale. Online ordering is easy!

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. Click here to pre-order online.

Best of the Valley 2015 logo

Clip our DNR ad Tuesdays, the week before and of the sale as a 10% discount coupon!





Other Events Coming Soon in the New Year

  • April 20 to October 15, 2015 Walk-Up Plant Sale Beginning in mid-April, and projected to continue until the first hard frost in the region which will be about mid-October. Shop from a selection usually currently in bloom natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees at the *FPEC.

  • April 20 to October 15, 2015 Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment Beginning in mid-April, and projected to continue until the first hard frost in the region which will be about mid-October. 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, or visit the arboretum website to schedule the appointment.

  • October 17, 2015, Remarkable Trees Field Trip, Remarkable Trees Field Trip departs from the FPEC and will be supported by JMU UREC. This is a 12 mile bicycle trip with a picnic lunch rest stop midway, enjoying the Remarkable Trees of the C&O Canal between Williamsport and Ft. Frederick. Bicycles and round trip transportation are provided for a field trip fee of $25.

  • October 18, 2015, Fall Color Carriage Rides, Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm in the Arboretum, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage through the autumn colors of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

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

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