Beginning Monday November 29th our Pavilion parking lot will be unavailable to visitors through the winter/March 2022. Parking will be available in the Frances Plecker Educational Center lot and 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.



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



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 | 
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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