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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

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Address: 780 University Blvd Msc 3705, At James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1020
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A must see and free to the public

The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Would like a few more plant tags as there were some that I did not recognize but the overall arboretum was wonderful.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elaine M
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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Would like a few more plant tags as there were some that I did not recognize but the overall arboretum was wonderful.

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Thank Elaine M
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Hello Elaine M, We are very glad you enjoyed your visit. We have over 125 acres here, and as time allows, we are constantly adding more ID tags on the grounds. Thanks for your feedback. We like knowing that our visitors appreciate being able to learn names of plants. Have you discovered the What's In Bloom page on our Website?... More 

Cocoa Beach,Florida
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380 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful little park on the JMU campus. It is full of flowers in the spring as the leaves begin to bloom. There is nice benches along the walk to sit and just take ib the flowers, lake and trees.

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Thank drwsurf
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4 reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Wonderful place with absolute beauty. I am truly in amazement of this great place, there are also walking trails and a large pond with a bridge for your enjoyment!

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

In the summer, it's quite humid, but still very pretty. During the school year, there are students everywhere. It's not as big as I imagined. However, if you find a bench in the shade, it's absolutely picturesque.

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ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, open to the public, free, 365 days a year for all who wish to come for a visit. Come... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The arboretum is beautiful in any season but the wildflowers in late April and May are spectacular. Virginia bluebells, celandine poppies, native azaleas, rhododendrons, and trillium make for a gorgeous walk.

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ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, rich in wildflowers, shrubs and native trees, and open to the public, free, 365 days a year for all... More 

Shenandoah, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Beautiful place to walk and observe nature. Every spring there is a native plant sale that I frequent every year.(April). Nice plants and trees for sale. Native to Virginia. Nice fishpond and bridges.

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Thank dixiecat314
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, open to the public, free, 365 days a year for all who wish to come for a visit. Come... More 

McGaheysville, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I often walk at the Arboretum while eating lunch. It is a very peaceful place to commune with nature and enjoy all the plantings there, no matter the time of year.

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Thank Martie703
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Yes, we agree. One of our regular visitors calls the arboretum a four season wonderland. We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, open to the public,... More 

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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a nice diversion in the middle of Harrisonburg. The Arboretum was designed by a renowned botanist, Norlyn Bodkin and contains untold numbers of plants. Beautiful in spring but had a tendency to flood after heavy rains. Great place for a wedding or other events.

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ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, open to the public, free, 365 days a year for all who wish to come for a visit. Come... More 

Beach City, Ohio
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The variety of places to hike in the Arboretum are just delightful. A great way to connect with nature. Feeding the ducks in the pond, walking over the bridges, the labyrinth, the woods.....so peaceful and serene!

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Thank millersmeadows
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, open to the public, free, 365 days a year for all who wish to come for a visit. Come... More 

Harrisonburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

For those who do not want to drive down Route 33 to Skyline Drive for a hike (which is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon!), going to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a terrific alternative. Parking is limited, and it can be challenging to pass another car on the very narrow entryway, but the Arboretum is... More 

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ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoy the arboretum. It's true that since the arboretum is surrounded by developed town life and JMU campus, its 125 acres may seem smaller than reality. But we're so glad the arboretum is preserved from development, open to the public, free, 365 days a year for all who wish to come for a visit. Come... More 

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