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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A calming place in the center of hectic college life. A beautiful area of hard wood forest along with walking trails, ponds and quiet sitting areas make this a wonderful place for students to unwind and get in some quiet time. This is also a great place to just take a relaxing stroll through the woods. A really good place... More 

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

We are glad that you enjoyed visiting the arboretum at JMU and hope you'll return often. Hopefully we'll even do a better job providing you a lovely and enjoyable visit. Best regards, and again, thanks for the review. More 

Franklin, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This arboretum is a great place to visit at just about any time of the year. You can walk through the woods on some of the well maintained trails or sit by the pond and watch the ducks and turtles. I have seen several weddings done here. There are nice bathroom facilities. It is easy to go and enjoy your... More 

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

We are very glad that you enjoyed your arboretum visit. Visit often! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Nice pathways and exhibits. The trees provided a lot of protections from the wind and pathways were not too steep.

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