Visiting the Arboretum

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary on the James Madison University campus, is a public urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native plants species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all ages.

Our Vision

To inspire outdoor engagement in a woodland sanctuary.

Giving Tuesday
Celia Culver Rutt

Current Art Exhibition (Now - Dec 17)

Lynn Whitmore

Lynn Whitmore is a published, professional photographer rooted in a science background. She began her academic career at James Madison University, studying Biology and worked in a lab at Rockingham Memorial Hospital for forty years. Upon retirement in 2013, Lynn has been able to pursue her love of photography and in 2015, under the guidance of nationally known photographer, Rob Simpson, she earned a certificate in Nature and Wildlife Photography at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Lynn uses her photography skills as a volunteer at the Arboretum and locally, her photos have been used on calendars and catalogue covers, she is also a major contributor for the town of Broadway’s official website.

Frances Plecker Education Center | Exhibition available to view M - F, 8am - 4pm

Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to our November Photo Contest winner, Lois Weber! 
To submit to our monthly photo contest, message us on Facebook with your entries.
Photos must be high resolution and taken within the current month, up to 3 submissions



Best of the Valley
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | 
Grounds | Free to the public | Dawn to dusk | 365 days a year
Frances Plecker Education Center | Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM

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