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Monthly Photo Contest

Monthly Photo Contest

The arboretum is seeking photographers of all ages to participate in our monthly, seasonal pictures photo contest.

Click here for rules and submission information.

View August's Photo of the Month winner.


Portrait of Dr. Norlyn Bodkin, EJC Arboretum founding Director

The EJC Arboretum staff joins with the family and friends honoring and remembering Dr. Norlyn Bodkin, founding Director, in appreciation for his work of creating and preserving the beloved gardens of native flowers, now left behind for all generations to come.

Click here for a glimpse of what botanical educational experiences were with then Botany Professor Norlyn Bodkin.

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains." — Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)


Upcoming Events

Community Yoga at the Arboretum

Saturdays, September 10—October 22, 2016, 8:30am—9:30am
Grab your mat, some water, and a towel and join our newest Nest Instructors at the EJC Arboretum for an all-levels community class. More information.

Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

September 23—October 1, 2016, 9:00 am—3:00 pm at the Frances Plecker Education Center.
Shop choice spring bulbs, and natives, plants, shrubs and trees at the Frances Plecker Education Center at the EJC Arboretum, and online for just bulbs in advance. More information.

En Plein Aire Sessions
with Artist
Martha Crider Henderson

Fridays, October 7 & 21, 2016, 9:00am—noon. Meets in the pavilion before going on site.
Free and open to all skill levels, paint under a master and a painter known for her lovely landscapes depicting scenes of the Shenandoah Valley and the world beyond. More information.

Joshua Taylor's Garden Photography

Saturday October 8, 2016, 9:00 am—4:00 pm at the Frances Plecker Education Center. $150 (JMU students pay $125)
Joshua Taylor is bringing a premiere photography workshop to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. For more than 35 years, Joshua Taylor workshops have been offered by some of America's finest public gardens and arboretums. More information.

Children's Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.
Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, free children's crafts, dancers, and musicians, all join together with the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, for the 2016 Children's Harvest Festival! More information.

Remarkable Trees Field Trip

Saturday, October 22, 2016, Departing 8:00 a.m. Returning 6:00 p.m. Meeting 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot at the Frances Plecker Education Center. $15 per person.
Enjoy an “edventure” of the Remarkable Trees of the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. in the beauty of fall tree color. More information.

For a complete list of EJC Arboretum programs and events, browse our Annual Calendar of Events.