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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

James Madison University MSC 7015, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807 USA

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“step into a world of natural beauty”

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (Arboretum) is a 125-acre urban botanical preserve located within the city of Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University (JMU). It provides an ideal combination of naturalized botanical gardens (33 acres) and forest (92 acres), complementing each other and serving the purposes of research, teaching, and demonstration. This green space is home to a diverse ecosystem featuring native plants of the mid-Appalachians (woodland wildflowers, azaleas, and rhododendrons); a collection of non-native trees, shrubs, and bulbs (magnolias, Kousa dogwoods, hollies, daffodils, etc.); an Oak-Hickory Forest; a lowland swale; a shale barren; herb and rose gardens; a pond habitat; and a bog garden. An outdoor amphitheatre, terraced gardens, a Pavilion, a Monarch Way Station, and the Frances Plecker Education Center (Education Center) enhance the complex further.

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Victoria Dunbar

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July 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

Beautiful Arboretum. They have nature and art classes here for children that are amazing!

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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

James Madison University MSC 7015
Harrisonburg, Virginia
22807 USA

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Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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