Please note: Parking is be available in the Frances Plecker Educational Center lot, Family Garden/Pavilion lot, R-5 lot, and along University Boulevard as long as the Arboretum Event signs are posted.

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.

View Our Visitor Guidelines

Hours of Operation

Arboretum Grounds & Trails | Everyday, Dawn to Dusk | Free & Open to the Public

Frances Plecker education Center

Monday - Thursday | 8 AM - 4 PM
Fridays | 9 AM - 3 PM



Fall Bulb and Plant Sale - September 23 - October 1 (Excluding Sunday 9/25)


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!

Check out more Virginia Homegrown clips below featuring gardens and projects around our area!

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
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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