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!


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!

Click here to pre-order online.






Fall Color Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Harrisonburg's FAVORITE HORSES from Classic Carriage!

Fall Color Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Celebrate the 2014 fall tree color in the EJC Arboretum in a memorable way. The beauty of the woods in fall color can be enjoyed in a carriage drawn by beautiful Percheron horses. Travel the woodland trails in a relaxing way celebrating the changing season. Whether out of town guests for JMU Family Weekend, or locals, all can enjoy one of the nicest ways to experience the EJC Arboretum. For the per person cost of a movie ticket for a flick they'll soon forget, make a lifetime memory!

Prices are $12 per person for adults, children eight years and younger are $8, lap riders two years and younger are free. Up to six seats are sold in each carriage. For a private carriage for any group size from a single person to up to six people, the price is $65. See website for weather postponement info and more. Reservations made by phone (540) 568-3194, weekdays, business hours with any major credit card.

Thank You Harrisonburg Construction and Rick Kiser for generously sponsoring 25th Anniversary Celebrations!





  • September 29 - October 3, 2014 Botanical Illustrating Student Art Exhibit, 
  • October 3, 2014, Private Greenhouse Close-out Shopping Appointments, Coincides with date of Fall Bulb Sale, Friday only, with an Arboretum Green House Manager. Call (540) 568-3194 to reserve a half-hour appointment to shop the growing season closeout plant, shrub, tree inventory at the arboretum greenhouse.
  • October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 2014 Acrylic Wash Botanical Workshop
  • October 10 & 11, 2014, Fall Bulb Sale, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the FPEC, and Saturday only Godwin Field morningtime to be announced, Godwin Field sale closes with the football game kickoff. Choose the JMU Colors Annual Bulb Collection of beautiful and rare bulbs, or buy from a selection of bulbs to plant in home or business landscapes.
  • October 12, 2014, Fall Color Carriage Rides, Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the Arboretum, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage through the autumn colors of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.
  • October 13, 15, 17, 2014, Children's Fall Art Workshop, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4:30-6:00 pm in the FPEC, children will study and create botanical drawings of leaves, their forms and colors, and berries found within the arboretum, as well as plant I.D. $35 charge includes materials.
  • October 18, 2014, Children's Harvest Festival, Saturday 1 - 5 pm, with dance exhibitions and lessons, crafts, singers, musical instrument performance and demonstrations, story time, trails tours, snacks, seed collecting trail activity and much more offered at this free fall children's festival. Horse drawn wagon rides are available for the whole family with ticket purchase.
  • October 22 & 29, 2014, Bonsai Workshop, noon - 1:00 each session, Arboretum Grounds Manager and Bonsai Master, Mike Hott, attend in the FPEC to create a “wee-tree” to enjoy at home or office. $40 fee covers all materials inclusive to create a Bonsai tree.
  • October 27 - 31, 2014, Acrylic Wash Student Art Exhibit, 

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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