Color change

Few places display change more beautifully than JMU’s Edith J. Carrier Arboretum— especially this time of year.  It’s a great place to visit now — especially with the Skyline Drive closed, the national forests barricaded and tension radiating from Washington like shockwaves. Now is a good time to take a walk, soak in the natural beauty, absorb a little peace.

The arboretum — opened nearly a quarter century ago — is tucked into the eastern edge of campus. It is a delight, a respite, an educational resource and more. From their website:

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a 125-acre urban botanical preserve located within the city of Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University. 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 wetlands garden. An outdoor amphitheatre, terraced gardens, a Pavilion, a Monarch Way Station, and the Frances Plecker Education Center enhance the complex further.

More than anything, it’s a local destination. To visit JMU without a trip to the arboretum is to miss one of the university’s unique spots. It is the only arboretum on a public university campus in Virginia — a place full of walking trails, gardens and deep forests.

It is an exceptional VIEW of JMU, especially at this time of year. Take a look….

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To learn more: http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/

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