Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg

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The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is an arboretum and botanical garden on the James Madison University campus, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States in the Shenandoah Valley. Groundbreaking for the arboretum took place April, 1985, under direction of Dr. Norlyn Bodkin,[1] who is credited the first scientific botanical discovery along the Eastern Seaboard of Virginia since the 1940s, Trillium: Shenandoah Wake Robin, presently found at the arboretum[2]. The only arboretum located on the campus of a Virginia state university. Exhibits include a developed trail system through 125 acres (0.51 km2) of mature Oak-Hickory Forrest with two identified century specimens and a species on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Threatened Species list protected at the arboretum: Betula uber, Round-Leaf Birch.[3]

Its gardens include:

Andrew Wood Memorial Garden (1994) - 92 species including Turk's cap lily, Dutchman's breeches, wild ginger, squirrel corn, native azaleas, laurels and rhododendrons.

April Walk Daffodil Garden (1988) - a variety of daffodils.

Ballard Memorial Planting (1991) - Ginkgo or maidenhair tree, azaleas, rhododendrons, white redbuds, Chinese dogwood and blackhaw tree, Viburnum prunifolium.

Wetlands Garden (1999) - Equisetum, horsetail, and bald cypress.

Drury Planting (1993) - forest pansy redbud, Chinese dogwood, Carolina silverbell, dolchica spirea, Japanese maple, Cherokee sunset dogwood, and dwarf barberry.

Fern Valley - on ravine slopes, ferns including New York fern, hay-scented fern, Christmas fern, ostrich fern, and marginal shield fern.

Glen Dale Azalea Experimental Planting (1996) - hybrid azaleas.

Heath Family Plantings - rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel, and Leucothoe.

Herb Garden (1996)

Larkin Smith Rock Garden (1991) - features 7 of 15-plus endemic species to the shale barren: yellow buckwheat, Virginia white-haired leather flower, ragwort, spike moss, and hairy lipped ferns, with "near endemic" prickly pear cactus and the shining sumac.

Mid-Atlantic Azalea Garden (1996)- azalea natives including pinxter flower, flame azalea, rose azalea, plumleaf azalea, and hybrid crosses.

McDonald Azalea and Rhododendron Garden (1995) - Azaleas and rhododendrons of many varieties.

Norlyn L. Bodkin Oak Hickory Forest (1998) An approximate 20 acre mast producing forest named to honor the arboretum founding director.

Sinclair Garden (1996)- a variety of shrubs and perennials, including Japanese barberry, kousa dogwood, leyland cypress, cherry laurel and rhododendrons.

Viette Perennial Garden (1992) - 18 varieties of daylilies and 8 varieties of Siberian iris, hostas, and Eupatoriums.
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  • This FREE arboretum is a magnificent place to visit. Well-kept paths host walkers, dogs, baby carriages and wheelchairs, although the entire area is not handicapped accessible. Benches scattered.....  more
    This FREE arboretum is a magnificent place to visit. Well-kept paths host walkers, dogs, baby carriages and wheelchairs, although the entire area is not handicapped accessible. Benches scattered.....  more »
  • Free all year round! Open from 0600 to 2000 every day! Loved the Welcome Center which is open Monday through Friday...restrooms available here. The Arboretum is open seven days a week the entire....  more
    Free all year round! Open from 0600 to 2000 every day! Loved the Welcome Center which is open Monday through Friday...restrooms available here. The Arboretum is open seven days a week the entire....  more »
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  • The arboretum is a beautiful place to visit. I often go here with my wife during her lunch break and we enjoy the serenity and scenery while we eat and talk. There's a wonderful pond that harbor several species of fish, turtles, ducks, frogs, and other amphibious fauna. The 2 mile path that runs through the arboretum is great for hiking and running. JMU has done a terrific job of making this a must see destination for families, students, and locals. You often see weddings being held here as well. Enjoy!
  • Love this park! Love the new section for kids with giant mushrooms and musical instruments. So many chipmunks, squirrels, gorgeous flowers and landscaping. And you have to see the turtles in the pond. Always joyful!

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