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.

Student Show

Current Art Exhibition

JMU Student Exhibition | Feb 1 - Feb 29

JMU BFA student artists Sophia Rhafiri, Kelly Baxter, Emmy Thacker, and Ginny Boehm connect to the natural world through their art in a multitude of ways. Sophia loves abstracting the formal features of botanical plants to create unique compositions of movement and color. Kelly enjoys studying and drawing the plants around her house and transforming them through printmaking. Metamorphism resonates with Emmy through its thematic notion of change in the human world and the natural world. While Ginny explores different plant species in her work through careful detail studies and constant observation. Together their work touches on the beauty and fragility of botanical life and how important it is to protect the world around us.

Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to our December Photo Contest Winner, Alicia Wilmes!
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



This summer we were thrilled to be included in Virginia Homegrown's Plant of the Month segment. We chose to highlight one of our favorite summer annuals, Rockin' Deep Purple Salvia. Take a look!

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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