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Private Events


Private Events

Submit your inquiry by filling out the following form, site location details and capacities below and check our Calendar for availability:

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The Lawn


  • Seated Dining | 125
  • Seated Theater | 250
  • Standing | 250+


The Ernst Tree Terrace

The Ernst Tree Terrace provides a beautifully landscaped scenic outdoor setting for intimate private ceremonies, corporate socials, dining, dancing and live musical performances en plein air, and is a fully accessible arboretum feature. The Ernst Tree Terrace may be rented for use with or without the Frances Plecker Education Center for private or corporate social events.


  • Seated Dining | 75
  • Seated Theater | 100
  • Standing | 120


  • Seasonal Fountain
  • Pergola
  • Overlook pond and lower gardens
  • "Tucked away" privacy from busy areas

JMU Departments and Organizations

  • The Ernst Terrace is available on a reserved basis after business weekday hours and on weekends with pre-registration. Or, the Ernst Terrace is available on a walk up, nonexclusive basis at any time while the arboretum is open, dawn to dusk.

Frances Plecker Education Center


  • Seated Dining | 40
  • Seated Theater | 50
  • Standing | 75


  • Indoor space
  • Intimate setting Kitchen access

JMU Departments and Organizations

  • The Frances Plecker Education Center is available after business weekday hours and on weekends with pre-reservation and a staff charge of $25/hour + any additional setup with the site fee waived
  • In December, January, and February, the Frances Plecker Education Center building may be scheduled for use during business hours by JMU Departments and Orgs. without charge
Plecker 1
Plecker 2

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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