Using Arboretum Buildings

photo of the Frances Plecker Education Center

The Frances Plecker Education Center building is available for public receptions, private parties, and business gatherings for $495 for up to 4 hours. This Virginia garden is an ideal location for your event. Prices are found, and various set up options may be selected, on the reservation form.

  • For University departments and JMU organizations the Frances Plecker Education Center is available after business weekday hours and on weekends with pre-reservation and a staff charge of $25 per hour.
  • In December, January, and February, the Frances Plecker Education Center building may be scheduled for use during business hours by University departments and JMU organizations without charge.

The Ernst Tree Terrace provides a beautifully landscaped scenic outdoor setting for intimate private ceremonies, corporate socials, dining, dancing and live musical performances En plein air, and is a fully accessible arboretum feature.

  • The Ernst Tree Terrace may be rented for use with or without the Frances Plecker Education Center for private or corporate social events. Prices are found, and various set up options may be selected, on the reservation form.
  • For University departments and JMU organizations the Ernst Terrace is available on a reserved basis after business weekday hours and on weekends with pre-registration. Or, the Ernst Terrace is available on a walk up, nonexclusive basis at any time while the arboretum is open, dawn to dusk.

JMU departments and organizations, check out the Pavilion for a warm-season gathering or retreat site at the EJC Arboretum!

photo from overhead angle of The Ernst Tree Terrace photo from overhead angle of The Ernst Tree Terrace

To see more images, please see this link: Ernst Tree Terrace

To reserve the Frances Plecker Education Center or the Pavilion, please use the following forms (word documents)

Building Use Forms:

Please download, fill out digitally or print and return to traasjm@jmu.edu.

Frances Plecker Education Center building is generally open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exterior restrooms are open and available 24/7 year round.

interior panaramic photo of the Frances Plecker Education Center photo of a formal place-setting in the Frances Plecker Education Center

Frances Plecker Education Center Use Fees

Frances Plecker Education Center building rental: (4 hour maximum) advise your selection on our reservation form: Tabled seating for maximum of 40, Theatre seating for maximum of 50, or standing maximum capacity of 75 when the building is reserved alone. Or when both the building and terrace are reserved together allowing indoor/outdoor use, maximum standing parties of 120, or seating maximums for theater and dining styles are identical to maximums for separate Frances Plecker Education Center and separate Ernst Terrace set-up maximums. For business events, socials, and wedding parties and receptions, on weekends dawn to dusk, and weekday evenings after 5:00pm to dusk, these two facilities are available with setup at $1 per chair and/or $5 per table. Either the Frances Plecker Education Center or the Ernst Terrace can be separately rented for $495 for a maximum of four hours. To rent both together, $995. For additional time $25/hour. Discounts available ~ please see reservation form.

Fifty percent (50%) deposit required, and full payment due by week prior to date of use. Arboretum donors of $500 annually, garden clubs, botanical and educational groups, Special rates apply: phone for details (540) 568-3194

Grounds open free to the public, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
The Arboretum offices in the Frances Plecker Ed Center are open weekdays. Calls and emails are answered from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except holidays. Check the website calendar for holiday closings.

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Directions to the EJC Arboretum
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University
(540) 568-3194
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807