Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Starry Skies - a FREE public event (no registration needed)

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30—10:00 p.m.

Begins at the Frances Plecker Education Center of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Night-time sky bursting with stars surrounded by winter trees

Partnering with the John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU, the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers, Virginia Master Naturalists and JMU students, the arboretum offers a free dark sky program. Come to enjoy educational activities like telescope viewing, stories and poetry reading, guided night walks, education stations and a light pollution discussion. The event will begin at the Frances Plecker Education Center.

For event-related questions, phone (540) 568-3194.


A Latte' Jive, Alzheimer's Benefit 5K Run and Concert

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 12:30—3:00 p.m.

On the Arboretum Grounds

Band playing on outside stage

Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon cosponsor an annual 5k benefit for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association, on the arboretum grounds, “A Walk You’ll Remember!” with live music at the 5k conclusion, and runners cool down and enjoy coffee, decaf, tea, and water served free compliments JMU Catering.

Click here to register for this event.


Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 11:00 a.m.

In the Arboretum Pavilion

Plastic Easter egg hidden in a tree at the Arboretum

The Easter Egg hunt will start in the Pavilion, for young children with the Theta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta.

Cost is $5 per child and pre-registration is required by going to this site.

For event-related questions, phone (540) 568-3194.



Guided Walks Presented by
Arboretum Director, Jan Sievers Mahon

At the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Natural path through various flowers, plants, and trees

Wildflower Walks with the Arboretum Director

Wednesdays, April 8 & April 15, 2015, 10:00 am

An Arboretum Exploration Series Tour with the Arboretum Director. Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers on exhibit at the EJC Arboretum.

Wildflower Walk with the Virginia Native Plant Society

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Take a walk in the wildflowers with the Virginia Native Plant Society. Led by Michael Seth and starting at the Frances Plecker Education Center.

Tour Celebrating Historic Garden Week on Virginia Arbor Day

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 pm

The EJC Arboretum celebrates with a tour on Virginia Arbor Day starting at the *FPEC. Arboretum grounds are open free to public, dawn to dusk. Tour will be led by Jan Sievers Mahon, Arboretum Director and will focus on the arboretum's bulb collection, wildflowers and flowering shrubs and trees. Tours will start at the Frances Plecker Education Center.

Preregistration is not needed for Historic Garden Week events.

NOTE: Extreme or dangerous inclement weather may cancel or postpone arboretum events and programs. Please visit the arboretum website for details as needed.

For event-related questions, phone (540) 568-3194.


Monarchs Are Coming!

Monday, April 13th, 2015, Noon—1:00 pm.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Monarch butterfly

Enjoy the beauty of Monarch butterflies and learn all about them. All are invited to a free informative talk and a power point presentation on Monarchs. Speaker and Monarch expert, Gail Napora offers an informative talk that includes the Monarch's paths and patterns in the species' migration between Mexico and Virginia. Also see the wonders of Monarch lifecycle stages in lovely photographs. More, this talk will help Monarch enthusiasts to understand host plants, especially the native milkweeds, and how important they are for the Monarch's survival.

The EJC Arboretum continues this brand new Monarch program in May with the program, "Monarchs Need Milkweed! The May program will include a walk through the arboretum Monarch Waystation, weather permitting. Then in June the program continues with Monarchs Change Form, which will include a Monarch release at the conclusion of the program.

Click here for online registration of this FREE event..


Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale

Friday & Saturday, April 17th & 18th, 2015, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. both days

At the Frances Plecker Education Center

Image of a Gnome home in a forest

For savvy gardeners wanting a garden filled with plants tailored by Mother Nature to be suited to regional climate and precipitation, the EJC Arboretum's Native Plant Sale is the right place to shop. Shop hard-to-find native plants, shrubs, and trees. See below or visit the arboretum website, jmu.edu/arboretum for a partial list of plants, shrubs and trees that will be offered at the sale. Plan your landscaping improvements, and then come to the EJC Arboretum Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale!

City & County Public School Teachers with School ID receive a 10% discount and are invited to a special shopping session 3:00 to 4:30 pm on Friday!

Trees: Tulip poplar, black gum, dogwoods, redbuds, sugar maple, sweetbay magnolia, white fringetree.

Shrubs: Elderberry, sweet shrub, spice bush, summersweet, buttonbush, native azaleas, deciduous hollies, sweetspire, red and black chokeberrys, witch hazel, fothergilla.

Perennial Wildflowers: Wild columbine, wild ginger, milkweeds, hepatica, Virginia bluebells, wood poppy, foamflower, bloodroot, bellwort, Dutchman's breeches, dwarf larkspur, Jacob's ladder, and three different trilliums.

NOTE: Extreme or dangerous inclement weather may cancel or postpone arboretum events and programs. Please visit the arboretum website for details as needed.

For event-related questions, phone (540) 568-3194.


Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

Mondays, April 20th & May 18th, 2015 Noon—1:00 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Image of a Gnome home in a forest

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum invites you and your children to come hear a story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home!

Join us in the Frances Plecker Education Center, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Monday, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th for indoor story time followed by an outdoor activity.

Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

For event-related questions, phone (540) 568-3194.


Birds of the Arboretum

Take a Guided Bird Walk with Greg Moyers 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:00 a.m.

Meets at the Pavilion

Photo of a Magnolia Warbler by Greg Moyers

Enjoy a guided bird walk at the EJC Arboretum led by birding expert and photographer Greg Moyers, starting from the arboretum Pavilion.


Other Events Coming Soon in the New Year


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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