Arboretum 25th Anniversary
Three 25's for the 25th Anniversary

Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Historic Garden Week

Wildflower Walk with the Virginia Native Plant Society

April 26, 2014, 10:00 am, meets at the Pavilion.
A VNPS docent guided tour. Learn with a wildflower expert!

Guided Walks Presented by Arboretum Director,
Jan Sievers Mahon

  • Wildflower Walks, April, 2 & 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m. An Arboretum Exploration Series Tour with the Arboretum Director. Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers on exhibit at the EJC Arboretum.
  • Earth Day Wildflower Walk, April 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. FPEC, The Director leads a walk highlighting the environmental benefits the arboretum provides its community.
  • Tour Celebrating Historic Garden Week, April 30, 2014, 1:00 pm, the EJC Arboretum celebrates with a tour starting at the *FPEC. Arboretum grounds are open free to public, dawn to dusk. Tours 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.

National Public Gardens Day May 9, 2014

Spring 2014 Notable Wildflowers Field Trip

In partnership with the

Headwaters Chapter,
Virginia Master Naturalists For Wildflower Walks

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Enjoy guided wildflower walks offered beginning at 10:00 am with more walks at 1:00 pm on Shenandoah Mountain in the George Washington National Forest.

Trilliums Virginia Bluebells

Wildflower Walks are supported with Friends of Shenandoah Mountain and Virginia Native Plant Society-Shenandoah Chapter.

This drive-and-meet field trip is offered for Wildflower Walks with Headwaters Master Naturalists at Shenandoah Mountain in the George Washington National Forest. Choose from two locations for each walk starting time, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Sign up for this incredible wildflower walk experience with native wildflower experts at the Headwaters Chapter Virginia Master Naturalists website: headwatersmn.org then clicking on the Wildflower Tournament Tab on the main menu bar, then completing the registration at the bottom of the page. Register soon, spaces are limited for each guided walk.


Mother's Day Carriage Rides

Rides by twilight at 6:30 - 9:30 pm Saturday evening, and 1-4 pm on Sunday afternoon in the Arboretum. The carriage leaves from the Frances Plecker Education Center. Give mom a special and memorable celebration by a carriage ride through the natural beauty of the arboretum. In a luxurious vis-à-vis carriage she'll be drawn by beautiful horses and an experienced coachman. Your Mother's Day celebration can make any mom's dreams come true.

Paid reservations are made by phone (540) 568-3194, or walk-in weekdays at the Frances Plecker Education Center with cash or check. Walk-up rides days of events may be available, but are not guaranteed. Adults per person ride $12, children 8 and younger $8, infants 2 and younger who ride on an adult lap are free. Private carriages that seat up to six people $65. Please arrive at the Frances Plecker Ed Center 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride time. Rides leave on a 20 minute schedule. No guarantee is given that late arrivals can or will be reseated on a later carriage ride, and 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. If no cancellation posts on website, rides proceed. Tickets are transferable. Tickets are nonrefundable. Rides support the EJC Arboretum. Negotiable minimum $15 additional charge for private carriages only, that are requested past advertised schedule.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EJC Arboretum, the 25th reserved carriage rider is free!


Wine & Cheese

on the Ernst Terrace

Date: May 16, 2014, 5:00 pm

Cost: $15 per person. Includes two beverages of choice (wines and local Starr Hill beers), displayed cheeses and crackers, and a coffee-infused dessert tasting.

Time: Reception starting at 5:00 pm, JMU Executive Pastry Team demonstration at 5:30, guest speakers beginning at 6:00.

Speakers: Troy Lucas and Jennica Lucas from local Lucas Roasting Company in Broadway will speak on the coffee roasting process, relationships with international growers, and climate change and the future of coffee.

RSVP: Pre-registration is required by 5:00 p.m, May, 13, 2014. Click here to register online.

The 25th registration for this event is free!


Interested in seeing more of what's coming up next? Please check our calendar of events.

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