Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at JMU
780 University Boulevard, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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Hours of Operation:
7:00 AM-8:00 PM
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum invites you to step into a botanical time capsule. Visitors can follow the winding trails through the native Oak-Hickory Forest or wander through the sea of daffodil blooms in the April Walk garden in the spring. With its forested slopes, lowland swale, pond and forested savanna, the arboretum provides a unique habitat for a wide diversity of flora and fauna. The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum has 135 acres of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants cultivated for scientific and educational purposes providing an ideal combination of botanical gardens and natural forest, with a focus on the indigenous species. Find unique programs, carriage rides, events and tours.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Today
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. 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!