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!

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:

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Registration is full. Thank you for your interest in the Wine & Cheese Lecture. The next lecture will be in the spring of 2015. Browse back in April 2015 for more information, follow us on our social media or sign up to receive our email news and be first to register for the next offering

Beginning Botanical Drawing Workshop
Commissioned by University of South Florida

Beginning Pen & Ink
Botanical Illustration

With Artist in Residence

Lynda Chandler

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

Five Monday and Wednesday sessions 1:00 to 4:00 pm:
September 8, 10, 15, 17, and 22, 2014

$125 Workshop Fee, Supplies Not Included


Beginning Botanical Drawing Workshop
Commissioned by Florida College


Beginning Botanical Illustration ...

...In July a pencil drawing class produced outstanding student pencil drawings exhibited in the Frances Plecker Ed Center, August 12-22. The next is a five-session art workshop in pen and ink. Students will enjoy drawing subjects of leaves, nuts and pods in ink.

This workshop teaches basics of plant morphology and how to create realistic ink 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.

For new students, packaged art supplies are available at Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg at 61 Court square, 540-236-4223, 11-7pm Mon-Sat or click here for list of supplies.

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.

Beginning Botanical Drawing Workshop

Migratory Butterflies

Monarch Migration
Tagging Workshop

Saturday September 13, 2014
10:00 am-1:00 pm

$25 Per Person

Beginning Botanical Drawing Workshop


A workshop program with Linda Marchman, owner of Social Butterflies, offered on Saturday September 13th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm, teaching tagging for migratory Monarchs that emerged from their pupae. This program includes a lecture, a tagging demonstration, teaches the registration process, and concludes with each participant releasing their Monarch to start its migration from the arboretum. Beginning at noon, registrants also enjoy a butterfly craft activity with Gail Napora, creative activity facilitator, to create a memento of their released Monarch.

Click here for online registration.

Remarkable Trees
Field Trip

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Departing 8:00 a.m. Returning 5:00 p.m.

Meeting 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the
Frances Plecker Education Center

$10 per person, register by September 10

Enjoy a tour with destinations including viewing the Remarkable White Oak of the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, a tree known to be about 400 years old, and then to see the Lesesne State Forest where American Chestnut restoration research is underway with the Virginia Department of Forestry. See the Thompson tree, a rare mature American Chestnut grafted 40-44 years ago to early research rootstock.

Learn the latest from Matt Brinckman, The American Chestnut Foundation, Jerre Creighton, Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Arboretum Director, and progress on restoration for this once-great tree species. Travel in the comfort of a JMU 12-passenger vehicle. Cost includes transportation and tour. Bring a brown bag lunch for anyone not wanting to purchase a lunch at Devil's Backbone, a local brewery and restaurant. Last the tour visits Wintergreen Nature Foundation's trails to see an American Chestnut stump sprout trees growing there. Dress for the weather forecast and an outdoor adventure!

Click here for online registration.

2014 Fall Plant & Bulb Sale

Friday, September 26, and Saturday, September 27, 2014
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 mid-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.

Clip our DNR ad Tuesdays, Sept 16th or 23rd as a 10% discount coupon!
List of Bulbs available for pre-ordering online will be coming soon!.

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

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