Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Photo of a Bonsai tree

Whether you’re a beginner or returning for continuing guidance at the final session, Arboretum Grounds Manager and Bonsai Master, Michael Hott, will lead a workshop on bonsai gardening. This workshop is an inclusive bonsai experience where you can personally learn and practice skills that will enable you to grow and train a “wee tree.” Relax and enjoy the meditative process of bonsai. Take this workshop with a friend and enjoy learning the process together.

Workshop sessions are offered annually and no one has to continue the process alone. Returning bonsai enthusiasts can register for just the last session, and bring their bonsai with them for continuing guidance. Workshop fee for those who register for the complete workshop includes all materials needed to begin your bonsai and a ‘how-to’ book! Register soon… space is limited! For more information visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum, or call (540) 568-3194.

Register soon. Space is limited! Click here to register.

Bonsai Workshop

November 9 & 16, 2016,
Wednesdays, noon—1:00,
$35  fee for two sessions, in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.

Participate in this month's Photo of the Month Contest!  Click here for contest rules and entry information.

Other Events Coming Soon

  • Now until mid-October's first hard frost, Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment Shop from the entire greenhouse inventory of natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees, by advance appointment only, with $50 minimum purchase required. Call (540) 568-3194 to schedule an appointment.
  • Now until mid-October's first hard frost, Walk Up Plant Sales Shop from a limited selection of perennials plants in bloom, shrubs and trees at the Frances Plecker Education Center, weekdays, during normal business hours.
  • November, 2016, JMU Holiday, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead EJC Arboretum offices closed.
  • November—December, 2016, Festive Holiday Plants Online Sale, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead 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.
  • December, 2016, Annual Festive Greens Workshop, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead noon—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. Fee varies depending on supplies ordered when registering. Registration will open 30 days before the event. Held in the Frances Plecker Education Center. Online Registration opens 30 days before event.
  • December, 2016, Moonlight Holiday and Winter Commencement Carriage Rides, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead 5—8:00 pm, reserve to enjoy a horse drawn holiday carriage moonlight or daytime ride. Horse teams are harnessed in jingle bells for this festive Holiday celebration. For the cost of a movie ticket, create a holiday memory of a lifetime! Browse arboretum website, late fall for information when posted. Carriages leave the Frances Plecker Education Center on a 20 minute schedule.
  • December 23 — January 1, 2017, Winter Holiday, dates to be announced online approximately a month ahead JMU closed, and EJC Arboretum offices are closed for winter holidays.

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

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