Fall Plant Sale
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Our annual fall plant and bulb sale is on the horizon! 

Check back soon and visit our plant sales page for more information.

Our Plant Sales

Talks & Workshops

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Wednesday, July 17th | 12-1 PM

LOCATION: The Frances Plecker Education Center
All talks are FREE and open to all! Bring your lunch along & enjoy topics presented by local experts! 

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Gardening with Native Plants


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Plants for Pollinators
Wednesday, July 17th | 12-1 pm
Join us to hear and share stories about plants you know and pollinators you see at home and at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. Join Gail Napora, a Virginia Master Naturalist and butterfly enthusiast, who has volunteered in educational events at the EJC Arboretum since 2007.
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Monarch Tagging & Release

August 31st | 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Location: Ernst Tree Terrace (beside the Frances Plecker Education Center)

We invite participants of all ages! Join butterfly enthusiast and Virginia Master Naturalist Gail Napora for our Monarch Tagging and Release. Gail will journey with you through the life cycle of the butterfly with images, trace the route of migration from all points north to Mexico, then share the details of tagging as attendees help hold the butterflies and then release them.

Register Here!

Monthly Programs
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Bonsai Club Meeting

1st Tuesday Every Month @ 6:00-8:00 pm

Next Meeting: August 6th

Location: Frances Plecker Education Center

Have you always wanted to explore bonsai as a hobby or are just curious about the art? Join presenters, Clark Driver and Simon Jilg, at Frances Plecker Education Center for a short lecture, bonsai displays, and door prizes! For questions and concerns please reach out to 

Register Here

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Evening With Bats

1st & 3rd Friday Every Month | 15 minutes before Dusk

Next Meeting: July 19th at 8:15 pm

Location: The Pond

Visitors should arrive 15 minutes before sunset to hear a brief presentation about bat conservation and behavior, followed by the opportunity to watch bats of the Arboretum emerge for their evening hunt.  Master Naturalists and BCRV volunteers will also be hosting a bat call monitoring station as part of the evening, and visitors can watch and learn more about acoustic monitoring, and what it's telling us about the bats who live in the Arboretum.

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Members of our local chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists, in partnership with Bat Conservation and Rescue of Virginia, will be hosting Evenings with Bats by the Pond in the JMU Arboretum on the first and third Fridays of the month until September 20th.
Wellness and Soundscape Programs
Soundbathing 2024
Sound Bathing Experience

July 23, August 20 | 6-7:30 pm

October 8th | 5:30-6:45 pm


Location: Ernst Tree Terrace (beside the Education Center)

Using gongs, crystal and Tibetan bowls, voice, drums, shakers, and chimes, Connie Magee will take you on a sound journey that will relax and de-stress you and bring your whole being back into a state of harmony on all levels; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Connie Magee is a multi-modality massage therapist, medicine woman, Yoga Instructor, and meditation teacher.

Registration required

Register Here

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Tai Chi on the Terrace

Saturday, July 13, and July 20th

8:00 - 9:00 AM

$15 per session

Location: The Ernst Tree Terrace

Tai chi, or Taijiquan, is an ancient Chinese martial art originally created for combat and self-defense. Tai chi has since evolved into a gentle, low-impact form of exercise that can improve muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. Join Grayson Pritchard of Blue Heron Healing Arts as he guides you through the flowing motions and breath work of tai chi. 

Registration required

Register Here!

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Gratitude Walks with Anna Finch

Wednesday, July 24 | 10:00-10:30 AM

Location: The Frances Plecker Education Center

Join Naturalist and Positive Psychology Practitioner, Anna Finch, on a brief but meaningful walk through the lovely arboretum grounds. You will be guided on a mindful journey filled with gratitude, heartfelt prompts, and questions to connect deeper to yourself and the natural world around you.

Bring a journal if you would like to reflect along the way and share with others if you feel comfortable in doing so! 

Register Here!

Harrisonburg Songtuary

Saturday, July 13, and August 24| 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: The Pavilion

Harrisonburg Songtuary is a community song circle that seeks to propagate co-enchanting cohorts of contemplayful singers, sponsored by the Arts Council of the Valley and the Office of Creative Propulsion.

Register Here 

At, you may find more details and RSVP for upcoming gatherings; receive email updates, add to your calendar, or share on social media. We appreciate when you let us know you’re coming, and we hope the web RSVP is convenient for you as well!

Frances Litten Botanical Lecture & Invitiational Reception
Great Backyard Bird Count

Workshop and/or Wine & Cheese

Guided Wildflower Walks
Spring Celebration Plant Sale

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

October - December
Festive Greens Workshop
Harvest Festival

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

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