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.

30th Year

Current Art Exhibition
(Sept 3 - Oct 30)

Andrea Finch

"From Small Acorns..." is Sustainability Matters' third art exhibition curated by Trudi Van Dyke. For this one, they've chosen to focus on oaks, the host of more biodiversity than any other plant, and hence Sustainability Matters' signature tree. Like an oak sapling from an acorn, the've grown rapidly, and intend to become a mighty environmental force!

Artist Andrea Finch has participated in all three of Sustainability Matters' exhibitions. Her fascination with native trees, especially oaks, echoes Sustainability Matters' own. Andrea expresses her multi-layered approach to design primarily in fiber, using the sewing machine as a pen and the fabric as paper. Her creations call to be observed and experienced from many angles. Her three loves, horticulture, quilting, and photography, ferment into fabric works that leap off the surface.

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

Photo Contest Winner
Thank you for submitting to our August Photo Contest, Stephanie Gardner! 
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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