Arboretum 25th Anniversary
Frances Plecker Education Center

Using Arboretum Buildings

The Frances Plecker Education Center building is available for public receptions, private parties, and business gatherings for $595 for up to 4 hours. This Virginia garden is an ideal location for your event. Prices are found, and various set up options may be selected, on the reservation form.

  • For University departments and JMU organizations the Frances Plecker Education Center is available after business weekday hours and on weekends with pre-registration and a staff charge of $25 per hour.
  • In December, January, and February, the Frances Plecker Education Center building may be scheduled for use during business hours by University departments and JMU organizations without charge.

The Ernst Tree Terrace provides a beautifully landscaped scenic outdoor setting for intimate private ceremonies, corporate socials, dining, dancing and live musical performances En plein air, and is a fully accessible arboretum feature.

  • The Ernst Tree Terrace may be rented for use with or without the Frances Plecker Education Center for private or corporate social events. Prices are found, and various set up options may be selected, on the reservation form.
  • For University departments and JMU organizations the Ernst Terrace is available on a reserved basis after business weekday hours and on weekends with pre-registration. Or, the Ernst Terrace is available on a walk up, nonexclusive basis at any time while the arboretum is open, dawn to dusk.

JMU departments and organizations, check out the Pavilion for a warm-season gathering or retreat site at the EJC Arboretum!

The Ernst Tree Terrace

To see more images, please see this link: Ernst Tree Terrace

To reserve the Frances Plecker Education Center or the Pavilion, please use the following forms (word documents)

Building Use Forms:

Please download, fillout digitally or print and return to turnbugl@jmu.edu or fax (540) 568-5115.

Frances Plecker Education Center building is generally open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exterior restrooms are open and available 24/7 year round.

Inside the Frances Plecker Education Center
Inside the Frances Plecker Education Center

Inside the Frances Plecker Education Center

Frances Plecker Education Center
Use Fees

Frances Plecker Education Center building rental: (4 hour maximum) Advise your selection: Tabled seating set-up for maximum of 40, Theatre seating for maximum of 50, or standing maximum capacity of 85-100 (weather permitting indoor/outdoor use).

For businesses, private and wedding parties and receptions, weekdays evenings after 5:00pm, including seated or theatre style setup, for a maximum of four hours $595
Additional time by the hour: $125

All private party users will sign the Arboretum damage liability and release form.
Fifty percent (50%) deposit required, and full payment due by week prior to date of use.
Alumni and University employees receive a 10% discount of all fees.
Arboretum donors of $500 annually, garden clubs, botanical and educational groups,
Special rates apply: phone for details (540) 568-3194