Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Travelers making their way to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the name of adventure will find that this region is packed full of fantastic places to explore. For those who have a heart for the great outdoors and are looking to admire the beauty of nature in a welcoming setting, a trip to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a good addition to their itinerary.

Planning Your Visit to This Virginia Arboretum

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum sits within the parameters of the James Madison University campus located at 780 University Boulevard in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The arboretum and botanical garden is open to the public daily between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm. There is no cost to enjoy time exploring the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and parking is available to visitors along University Boulevard, the R-5 lot, the Family Garden/Pavilion lot as well as the Frances Plecker Educational Center lot. Visitors should note that the Virginia Breeze Bus Lines route also drops off near the arboretum and the virginia botanical garden at the JMU Godwin Transit Center.

What to Expect While You’re Here

A visit to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and linked botanical garden gives guests an opportunity to actively participate in the arboretum’s mission of inspiring outdoor engagement to the public within a woodland sanctuary. This urban garden is designed within a scenic and serene forested greenspace, giving visitors options to explore or simply reflect according to preference. While you’re here, guests can expect to encounter a variety of native plant species on-site as well as varying florals in bloom depending on the time of year they arrive. It’s a stop designed for people of all ages looking to connect with nature at their very own pace. The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum hosts a variety of walking trails as well for those looking to explore the grounds further. Throughout the year at this Virginia botanical garden, the arboretum and botanical gardens regularly host weddings and events as well as plant and bulb sales which typically happen in the fall. This locale also hosts a variety of programs for the public throughout the calendar year including sounding sessions, bird walks, monarch tagging, and wine and cheese gatherings too!

Book Your Visit Today

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