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.

Open Nursery Shopping

Current Art Exhibition
(May 1 - June 28)

Tony DiStefano

All his life, Tony DiStefano has called beautiful places home, from the forests of Western PA to the mountains of southwestern New York State. He’s lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia - an area rich with opportunity for creative souls - for more than half of his adult life.

It was only a matter of time until Tony, an avid hiker and fisherman since childhood, found himself exploring the outdoors with his trusty Nikon at his side. Inspired by his brother’s and uncle’s work in nature and macro photography, Tony began his photographic journey around 2013. A prolific shutterbug, he’s captured and shared hundreds of captivating images, ranging from birds, flowers, and insects to rural landscapes and natural light portraits.

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

Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to our April Photo Contest winner, Misty Watson! 
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



30th Year
Best of the Valley
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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