30th Year

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 plant 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.

Featured Artist

Current Art Exhibition (Feb 27 - April 30)

Jackie Labovitz

Jackie Bailey Labovitz grew up in rural Virginia, and graduated with a degree in fine arts. After completing a fellowship at the National Endowment for the Arts, she became an independent art curator. She created collections for embassies, consulates, and corporations around the world.

Jackie will speak about selected pieces from her collection, Understory, a photography exhibition celebrating the short perennial lives of native plants that bloom beneath the forest canopy on Thursday, March 28th from 5 - 7 PMLight hors d’oeuvres served. Meet in the Frances Plecker Education center. 

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

Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to our February Photo Contest winner, Christopher Maestle! 
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 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
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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