Street Address
780 University Blvd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Mailing Address
MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
phone: 540-568-3194
fax: 540-568-5115
Arboretum grounds are open free to the public dusk to dawn 365 days per year.
Education Center and offices open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays and special events and programs.
Education Center and Business Offices: Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Grounds are open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk, free to the public.
Admission is free to the public. Field trips, workshops, and some lecture programs on a cost basis. For more information visit the Arboretum website.
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Gail L. Turnbull, Assistant Director
phone: 540-568-3194
Jan Sievers Mahon, Arboretum Director
phone: 540-568-4801


The only arboretum and botanical gardens located on a Virginia state university. Beauty awaits visitors to botanical gardens found within the EJC Arboretum. Included in 16 exhibit gardens along over 3 miles of trails through 125 acres of mature Oak-Hickory Forrest, are rare and unusual, or geographically specific species protected at the arboretum. See a shale barren rich with white-haired feather flower, spike moss, hairy lipped fern, and shining sumac. Browse the bog garden. Stroll paths redolent in the bloom of spring bulbs, native azaleas including the rare pinxter flower and flame azalea. See a luxurious display of trailside wild phlox and Virginia bluebell. Breathe deeply while climbing the terraced herb garden. Pause over 30 varieties of heirloom roses, or in a wooded swale carpeted with New York, hay-scented, ostrich, marginal shield, and Christmas fern. Just a few of the many botanical gardens to see at the arboretum at JMU.


The EJC Arboretum celebrates its 25th year from groundbreaking in the spring of 2010. Plan your visit, and browse the arboretum website often to stay informed of the varying events and programs that will celebrate the arboretum quarter-century milestone.

Artifacts Collections

Native plant and heirloom species are on exhibit throughout the arboretum and in specific botanical gardens.

Research Collections

Native plant, shrub and tree species are on exhibit throughout the 125 acre facility. Rare Betula Uber, Rount leaf birch is on display at the arboretum.

Educational Programs

The arboretum offers in season educational workshops, lectures, and guided tours and field trips ranging for early child education to university calibre adult level botanical education.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Gift Shop

Special Event Rental