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Fall Plant & Bulb Sale

Friday - Saturday | 9/20 - 10/8
9 AM - 3 PM
**Closed Sunday, 9/26**

Shop from a wide array of native plants: bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees! This ongoing sale takes place in the Frances Plecker Education Center and on the Ernst Tree Terrace.

Parking available along University Blvd (between our two stone gates), within Arboretum lots, and in designated Arboretum spaces in lot R-5.

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling Workshop

Wednesday, Oct 20th | 1 PM - 4 PM
$25 Registration

Learn the basics of nature journaling in this one-session class where you will be equipped with tips, how-tos and inspiring ideas to kick-start what may become a life-long hobby. Then we will head outdoors to the Arboretum's rich variety of flora and fauna as Autumn is setting in, putting your new skills to work right away. In the event of foul weather, botanical samples will be brought into the pavilion or the Frances Plecker Education Center. Emphasis will be on recording careful observations with sketches and notes. Artistic skill is not a prerequisite.

Instructor will provide the following for use during class: paper, clipboard, pencil, plastic eraser, fine Sharpie, watercolor pencils, brushes and water containers. Suggestions for building your own nature journaling kit will be explored during the class.

Recommended that you bring: backpack or tote bag to carry supplies, water bottle, a towel or portable chair for sitting outdoors - optional as benches are also available. Dress for outdoor activities. All necessary art supplies will be provided, but students are welcome to bring a personal sketchbook or preferred media.

Take some time to immerse yourself in nature. Grab a friend and sign up for this class!

Kelli Hertzler is a JMU alumna, having earned a B.S. degree in Fine Art with a Biology minor. She is an exhibiting artist whose work explores the natural world. She enjoys sharing this connection between art and science with anyone who will listen.



Frances Litten Botanical Lecture & Invitiational Reception
Birding Workshop

Workshop and/or Wine & Cheese

Rise Good Friday & Easter Sunday Services
Guided Bird Walks
Guided Wildflower Walks
Spring Celebration Plant Sale

Guided Wildflower Walks
Wine & Cheese on the Ernst Tree Terrace

June - August
Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Wine & Cheese on the Ernst Tree Terrace
Fall Plant & Bulb Sale
Monarch Tagging Workshop

Remarkable Trees Field Trip


Festive Greens Workshop

April - October | Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment
$50 Minimum purchase required, call (540)-568-3194 to schedule

View Annual Children's Program Calendar

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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