Spring Celebration Plant Sale
April 28 through May 8 (excluding Sundays)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Special preview for Friends of the Arboretum Members on April 27.
Members get 10% off during the entire sale! To learn more and become a Friend of the Arboretum Member, click here!

May the Forest Be Your Sanctuary


Our Mission

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

We welcome your visit! Visitor parking is available in the JMU R-5 lot on University Boulevard, in the Frances Plecker Educational Center lot, and in the Family Garden/Pavilion lot. Parking is not available along University Boulevard unless special event signs are posted. 

Family Garden Troll in ReposeThe At Home in the Woods Family Garden has a new resident troll! Lexington-based artist and professor of mechanical engineering at VMI, Jay Sullivan, shares the story of the troll's creation from concept to installation here




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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