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

Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Summer Plant Sales

25th Anniversary Celebration Plant Sales

Private Greenhouse Shopping Appointments can be scheduled
Tuesday through Friday at either 10:30 am or 1:30 pm

Make Your Garden Look More Like Ours!

Garden lovers can continue to shop for native plants, shrubs, and trees as well as the newest hybrids with Greenhouse Shopping Appointments. Appointments are made by calling the arboretum office at (540) 568-3194 and giving two days, dates, and times when you want to shop. It's that easy. The arboretum office will make the reservation and then be back in touch to confirm a private shopping appointment! Or, a small inventory of plants, shrubs, and trees will be available for purchase throughout the growing season, now through the first hard frost of fall!

Brown Bag Lecture Series Brown Bag Lecture Series

Art Exhibit of Lynda Chandler

You're Invited to the Exhibit's
Opening Reception, July 11 5-7 pm

Lynda Chandler has always incorporated gardens and nature into her life. She was taught the importance of the earth, its minerals and the plants that grew from its soils from a young age by her parents. Chandler is passionate about teaching others to see, and then to draw plants and flowers. And she loves sharing how to discover the intrinsic beauty of the plant kingdom. Her students grow in their ability to draw plants from studying their lines, forms, patterns, colors and textures. Lynda Chandler will be the first artist in relationship with the EJC Arboretum as an Artist in Residence. She will begin offering a Beginning Botanical Illustrating class in mid-July that lasts until the end of August when JMU courses begin the fall session.

Sign up below to be at Lynda Chandler's exhibit opening reception. It's free. Be one of the first to greet the artist, the EJC Arboretum's new Artist in Residence, and to view her exhibit 5:00-7:00 pm, July 11, 2014. Pre-registration is required, walk in guests may not attend this reception. Refreshments including alcoholic beverages will be served.

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Summer Full Moon Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7-10 pm

Sorry, this event has been cancelled.

Not merely a carriage ride, but a twilight summer evening moonlight carriage ride in a woodland garden setting! Create a memory that goes beyond ordinary to surprising, even exceptional in beauty and romance. In a luxurious vis-a-vis carriage, riders are drawn through the woods by beautiful Belgium or Percheron horse teams. Your carriage ride celebration by moonlight can help make any whimsical or romantic dream 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.

Children's Botanical Drawing Summer Art Camp

Children's Spring Art Workshop at the E.J.C. Arboretum

at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

July 15, 16, and 17, 2014,
Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 - noon

Jewel Yoder Hertzler
Artist and Workshop Facilitator, BS Art Education
Certified K-12 Art Teacher

$35 for children ages eight to twelve, includes sketch journal, in the Frances Plecker Education Center.

The July 15, 16, 17 sessions are part of an ongoing series of seasonal art instruction where children create their own botanical journal. The Tuesday-Thursday July art camp will focus on summer season plants, shrubs and trees found within the arboretum.

Interdisciplinary historical and science facts will be taught along with botanical drawing techniques. A key component will be teaching students to observe closely, and record what they see. Journal work will begin with rubbings, and then move into sketching, ending with the addition of color to renderings. Students will be introduced to "John Clayton" the famous eighteenth century botanical explorer, illustrator, and author of "Flora Virginica".

This program continues in the fall when children can add to their journals with illustrations of leaves, nuts and seedpods. In the winter session, the focus will be bare woody shrubs, tree branches and evergreens.

Register early, space is limited. Parents are welcome to remain with their children during class.

Click here for online registration or call 568-3194 to register.

Beginning Botanical Drawing Workshop
Commissioned by University of South Florida

Beginning Botanical


With Artist in Residence

Lynda Chandler

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

Five Tuesday and Thursday sessions 1:00 to 4:00 pm:
July 15, 17, 22, 24, and 29, 2014

$125 Workshop Fee, Supplies Not Included


Beginning Botanical Drawing Workshop
Commissioned by Florida College


Beginning Botanical Illustration ...

... is a five-session art workshop 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.

This workshop teaches basics of plant morphology and how to create realistic pencil drawings of plants. Students will learn plant structure, and how the various structures of plants work. The workshop includes walks out onto the 125 acre grounds of the EJC Arboretum to observe wildflowers in their habitat.

Plants will be selected to be taken indoors and used for drawing exercises including drawing branches, leaves, flowers and fruit for pleasure or just to expand any student's art skills.

Enjoy a workshop with a botanical artist who has received the tribute of being commissioned by major educational agencies, and whose work is published.

Click here for online registration.
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Storytime in the Understory

Monthly on second Tuesdays, June through September
August 12, September 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. to about noon.

Children enjoying a story in the understory

Stories come to life for young children with animated readings. Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature 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 an adventure, either letterboxing with Explore More Discovery Museum at the arboretum, or with or an audio tree tour with any hand-held device with access to the internet going to:

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

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