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
(July 3 - August 30)

Christina Andreae & Ann Currie

Christine Andreae is a writer, artist, and environmental activist who, during a debilitating illness, found that her connection to plants was a healing path. She likes to combine watercolor with graphite in plant “portraits” that tell a story – be it a plant’s life cycle or how it is threatened in the wild.

Ann Currie is an artist, teacher, papermaker, and sculptor who is Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Lord Fairfax Community College where she established the Associate of Fine Arts degree program. She is inspired by the natural world and finds connection to it through her art. In her botanical illustrations she creates visual layers by drawing in graphite and color pencil on watercolor monoprints.

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

Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to our June Photo Contest winner, Carrie Ann! 
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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