Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Online Holiday Plant Sale

Monday, November 9—Sunday, December 6, 2015

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Bring the beauty of fresh blooming holiday plants into your home or office for the Holidays. The EJC Arboretum offers locally-grown, high-quality plants. Online ordering begins Monday, November 9, and ends Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 8:00 pm. Orders can be picked up at the Frances Plecker Education Center starting 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday December 9 through Thursday December 10, and then 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Friday, December 11, 2015.

Click here to place your order online!

Children's Drawing and Printmaking Art Workshop

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, November 30, December 2 & 4, 2015

12 noon–2:00 p.m. At the Frances Plecker Education Center $35 all inclusive

Bonsai Workshop Art

Children will learn botanical drawing and printmaking from artist/educator Jewel Hertzler. Interdisciplinary historical and science facts will be taught along with botanical drawing techniques. The workshop emphasis will be on contour line drawing and creating visual texture. Students will focus on drawing winter trees, branches, pine cones and evergreens.

Then children's printmaking will be introduced and each child will create their own personal stamp and a block for block printing, and from their stamp will create a series of cards. Printmaking supplies are included in workshop cost.

Workshop space is limited allowing the educator to maximize time given to each child. For children unable to attend this mid-day workshop, for any group size of eight registrations an after-school workshop can be created on separate dates. Contact the arboretum Assistant Director from the Contact Us page on the arboretum website to arrange for a privately-scheduled workshop.

Festive Greens


Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Noon—1:30 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center, $35 fee

Image of Gilded Magnolia Leaf Holiday Mantle Trees

With Abby Long, owner of Blakemore´s Flowers

Festive Greens is an exciting annual EJC Arboretum workshop led by Abby Long owner of Blakemore's Flowers, voted by DNR reader's "2014 Best in the Valley" flower shop. Participants take their unique personal décor piece home after enjoying a creative experience that is fine-tuned under the guidance of a floral expert. This year's crafts are Gilded Magnolia Leaf Holiday Mantle Trees. Using fresh Magnolia leaves, create a pair of gilded Holiday trees for any mantle, table top, or desk. Make one, and take one home to make later if time is tight! All supplies are included for two trees!

Your $35 registration fee for the Festive Greens Workshop includes everything you need to create TWO trees. Please indicate on the registration form which two colors you would like. Click here for online registration.

Moonlight Holiday Carriage Rides

Friday, December 11, 2015 5:00—8:00 p.m.

$75 for groups of up to four adults (11 years or older)

Photo of a covered horse-drawn carriage and a group of riders

Celebrate the Holidays with a truly unforgettable experience - a horse-drawn carriage ride offered one wintery evening each year. For about the cost of taking the family out to a movie, you can create a lifetime memory. This dark sky carriage ride event is offered on the date of a wintery new moon. Begin a new Holiday tradition with your family.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone. See website for ride costs and details, www.jmu.edu/arboretum, or to make your reservation, call (540) 568-3194 weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • For the December Moonlight Holiday Carriage Rides, Private carriages that seat up to four adults are $75. The private carriage rate will be sold to all group sizes of four adults. Group sizes of four always buy the $75 carriage.
  • Only group sizes of three, two, or one person can buy by the seat. The per person ticket price is $18 adults, $12 kids ten years of age and younger. Infants that ride on an adult lap who are under two years of age are free.
  • The maximum group size per carriage is four for adult riders. Adult riders are anyone eleven years of age or older.
  • The maximum group size per carriage for families is five people IF children are ten years old or younger. For children eleven years and older, adult per person policy stands enforce.
  • Paid reservations are made by phone using any major credit card, or walk-in weekdays, business hours, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Frances Plecker Education Center with cash or check.
  • Walk-up rides days of events might be available but are not guaranteed. Call ahead for walk-up riders. (540) 568-3194.
  • Please arrive at the Frances Plecker Ed Center 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled ride time. Rides leave on an exact 20 minute schedule. There is no guarantee that late arrivals can or will be re-seated on a later ride, and a late arriving party's ride 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. In inclement weather, check the website for an announcement on the day of, www.jmu.edu/arboretum. If no cancellation posts on website by 10:00 am day of, rides proceed.
  • Tickets are transferable! Credit, cash, check carriage ride ticket purchases are non-refundable. Rides support the EJC Arboretum.
  • A negotiable minimum $15 additional charge for private carriages only that are requested after the close of the event's scheduled rides may be negotiated at carriage driver's discretion. (No individual seat rides are sold after close of event schedule.)

Other Events Coming Soon

  • November 23—27, 2015, JMU Holiday, EJC Arboretum offices closed.

  • December 9, 2015, Annual Festive Greens Workshop, Noon to 1:30 pm, Create a versatile holiday décor piece that will beautify any holiday home or business with style and fragrance, under the guidance of a floral expert, Abby Long from Blakemore’s Florist. This year's project will be a Magnolia Leaf Christmas Tree. Fee varies depending on supplies ordered when registering. Registration will open 30 days before the event. Held in the FPEC.

  • December 22 & 23, 2015, Early office closures, EJC Arboretum offices close at noon both days.

  • December 24, 2015 — January 1, 2016, Winter Holiday, EJC Arboretum offices closed to reopen January 4, 2016

  • February 13 & 14, 2016, Valentine's Day Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Saturday evening 6—9 pm, Sunday afternoon 1—4pm. Romantic horse drawn carriages leave from the FPEC by moonlight, advance reservations recommended. Walk up rides may be available day of. Call to reserve.

  • February 17, 2016, Miniature Landscape Workshop,  noon—1:30 pm, in the FPEC. Landscapes In Miniature business Owner Pam Shank, demonstrates and guides participants through the process of creating a miniature landscape decor piece for patio, home, or office. Create a wee world with different kinds of botanicals each year. Registration opens online 30 days in advance of the workshop.

  • February 23, 2016, Frances Litten Invitational Dinner  5:30—7:00 pm, Festival Conference Center, Ballroom B. By invitation only, the 9th annual Frances A. Litten Invitational Dinner is a gathering of colleagues and friends of founding arboretum board member and educator, Frances A. Litten.

  • February 23, 2016, Frances Litten Botanical Lecture,  7:00—8:30 pm, Festival Conference Center, Ballroom A.  The 9th annual lecture offered free to the public, held in the Festival Conference Center on the campus of James Madison University. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. and will once again give the public practical tips and information about many exciting and innovative uses of common plants in landscape designs and home gardening. No registration needed. Book and arboretum products sales after the lecture 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Free parking in JMU Festival lots.

  • March 17, 2016, St. Patrick's Highland Strains, Dress for the forecast, and bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a carry–on nonalcoholic picnic dinner for a free public live 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm performance of Highland Celtic music performed by JMU Music degree students. No reservation is needed. Plenty of free parking in Convo Lot G.

  • March 23, 2016, Birding Workshop, Wednesday, noon—1:00 pm in the FPEC. In partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club, an avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species Diane Lepkowski, lectures on songbirds to raptors, giving an annual spring lecture and forum discussion in the *FPEC. This workshop partners with guided birding trail walks in April or May.

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

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