Upcoming Events at the Arboretum
Wine & Cheese
on the Ernst Terrace
Date: May 24, 2013, Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Cost: $15 per person Includes two beverages of choice (red, blush, or white wine) and displayed cheeses and crackers for tasting.
Reception starting at 5.00 pm, Speakers starting at 6:00.
Julie Haushalter and Rebecca Haushalter, from White Oak Lavender Farm outside of Harrisonburg, will lecture on growing, harvesting, and using lavender in cuisine, home, and beauty products
Come to enjoy fine wines and cheeses and maybe even spark a new interest in growing lavender in your garden!
RSVP: pre-registration is required by 5:00 p.m, May, 21, 2013.
Sorry, registration is closed for this event.
Children's Summer Art Workshop
at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
June 11, 12, and 13, 2013 (Three Sessions), Tuesday through Thursday
10:00-12:00 pm workshop, and 1:00-3:00 pm 2nd workshop
Lenna Frances Keefer, Artist and Facilitator
$35, for children ages seven to twelve includes sketch journal and pencil
These dates are the summer themed workshop session, in an on-going series of seasonal workshops for children's art instruction that will allow your child to produce their own botanical journals they'll treasure for their lifetime. The Tuesday through Thursday, June sessions will focus on summer season plants, shrubs and trees found within the arboretum. Interdisciplinary historical plant lore, Native American plant culture, and basic science skills alongside botanical drawing techniques. Your child will also learn tree identification. Journal work begins with rubbings and tracings, and then moves into sketching subjects. Workshop members will feel they're becoming young 'John Clayton botanical explorers,' and will use their pencils to document their findings as did the famous eighteenth-century botanical explorer and illustrator. This workshop will continue next into a fall session for children who can continue their journals in October with a leaves, nuts and seeds botanical journal section, and then continue with a winter workshop that will focus on the arboretum's bare woody shrubs and tree brances, and evergreens. Hurry to register your child. Space is limited to 10 children, ages seven to twelve. Parents are welcome to stay with their children during workshop sessions.
Click here for online registration or call 568-3194 to register.
Solstice Under the Stars
June 22, 2013 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Reserve for Summer Solstice Under the Stars at the EJC Arboretum, and enjoy dining, wine, and music under the stars! Make it a wild and wonderful Solstice celebration with dancing on the Ernst Tree Terrace to live music, while enjoying fine wines and dinner outdoors. Tickets are $28 per person, advanced reservation only. Reservations are needed by June 19, 4:00 pm. Admission includes two drinks of choice (white or red wine, or local brewed beer), dinner (the menu can be found on the reservation page; link below), and live music performed by Heat of the Night that will be sure to lift you out of your seat!
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Please note: inclement weather automatically cancels event and refunds will be given ~ check back for details, day of. Thank you!
Upcoming events in June and July 2013
- June, 2013, Storytime in the Understory, 11 a.m. to approximately noon, monthly program begins in June second Tuesdays, and continues through September. Children will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, and a brown bag picnic lunch for after Storytime.
- Mid June through July, 2013 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
- June 19, 2013, Easy and Economical Vertical Gardening, Lee Norford, with Lowes Garden Center, noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Pavilion, Learn how to use common old or new stuff like pallets and rain gutters to put the vertical spaces in your garden to work. Grow flowers or seasonal plants like spring greens and lettuce or strawberries from wall mounted, strung, or suspended rain gutters. Whether just to lean pallet gardens against any fence or wall, or to create a privacy screen with rain gutters and ivy…if garden space is an issue, learn great tips about vertical gardening.
- June 26, 2013, Living Patios, Paths and Bird Baths, Wednesday, noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Pavilion, Jennifer Rucinski, Mast Landscape Group, learn to use moss growing recipes, and how-tos for growing mosses and steppables needed to fill spaces in brick and stone paths, cover mortar in slate or brick patios, or create a feel of antiquity for new garden benches and statuary.
- July 10, 2013, Succulents... Gardening Outside the Box, in the Pavilion, Julia Stutzman, EJC Arboretum Education Coordinator, succulents bring color and interest to any landscape design, especially with new and exciting presentations like succulent topiaries, wreathes, plantable bridal bouquets and even kissing balls.
- July 17, 2013, Down to Earth Dirt Deli, Wednesday, noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Pavilion, Sandy Greene, bring a brown bag lunch to eat for this lecture because the soil horizon parfait and subterranean sub sandwich that will be created from soil ingredients aren't edible! Learn all about the Earth's soil layers and explore soil quality and management practices.
- July 24, 2013, No Friend Left Behind, Wednesday, Noon to 1:00 p.m., in the *FPEC, Gail Turnbull, Arboretum Assistant Director, highlights the arboretum's social media sites and shares how following can be a fun way to increase gardening know-how.
- July 31, 2013, Early Colonial to Victorian Garden Design, Wednesday, noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Pavilion, Nate Miller, Landscape Architect shows period examples and plant samples of early American gardens.
- June 21, 2013, Summer Strawberry Full Moon Carriage Rides, Friday, 7:00-10:00 p.m., leaving from the *FPEC. Enjoy being drawn through the woodlands of the Arboretum by Harrisonburg's Favorite Horses and an experienced coachman on a warm summer night in a romantic convertible carriage.
Interested in seeing what's coming up next? Please check our calendar of events.
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