The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens invites the public to step into a world of natural beauty and serenity.
Visitors can walk winding woodland trails landscaped with Virginia native plants and enhanced with botanical gardens and wide expanses of lawns.
The arboretum offers a wide range of seasonally appropriate educational and cultural events on site throughout the year. Come appreciate the beauty of nature, protected and captured amidst the hustle and activity of the thriving city of Harrisonburg and the pulse of campus life at James Madison University.
Come on in to the Frances Plecker Education Center for information on upcoming events, local artists exhibits, plant and bulbs sales and much more!
Learn about environmental preservation and study one of our most valuable resources: plants and trees. Be a doer and volunteer, or be a dreamer and spread a blanket on our lawns and relax, or be any kind of visitor in between. The Arboretum is here for you!
For Walkway Purposes and trails: we do have a quarter mile paved walkway encircling the arboretum’s main pond. For full accessibility, park in the small lot the Education Center, the driveway enters nearest to the T-intersection of University Blvd., and Driver Drive.