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Tranquil walking thoughout a well planned garden

Just loved this place. The gardens are an artistry of nature. We had a leisurely stroll and enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
June G
Jasper, Tennessee
Nice walking area

We didn’t do the trails but did walk the small loop around the pond — it was beautiful and had... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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780 University Blvd Msc 3705, At James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just loved this place. The gardens are an artistry of nature. We had a leisurely stroll and enjoyed the antics of a local chimpmunk.

Thank June G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t do the trails but did walk the small loop around the pond — it was beautiful and had friendly ducks :)

Thank JessBO25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a hidden gem right off of I-81 and adjacent to JMU. The trails are lovely and the gardens are just spectacular. We visited in August so much of the foliage was already bloomed; but it was gorgeous anyway.

Thank John P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small flower gardens, children's area, woods with paths. Two small parking areas. Definitely there the wrong time of the year. Very few flowers in bloom. Gnats in the wooded area were very prevalent. Have been to better.

Thank Bill A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One can find a trail for whatever experience you would love outdoors. No two visits are every the same, changing by the week. I am always finding new paths and of course the plants are seasonal. There are always special things like statues and benches,...More

Thank Viola M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the parking is a little challenging, the plants, the quiet, and the shear loveliness is so worth it. And, I have to mention the frogs and the turtles!! Ten minutes refresh!

Thank Gretchen H
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

After checking the reviews we decided to make a brief stop here with the kids on our way north from Myrtle Beach. So glad we did! The gardens are gorgeous and a perfect place for a stroll, to explore the wide variety of plants and...More

1  Thank MaripositaQueen
Reviewed 7 August 2018

JMU has done a wonderful job creating and maintaining this arboretum. It has a wonderful variety of plants with a beautiful pond and a nice amount of well kept trails, walkways and bridges. It's a great place to take a walk or relax on a...More

1  Thank 319MKing
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Nice, quaint place in the heart of the city. My mother love gardens and she was so happy to be here.

Thank dheeraj b
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Beautiful woodsy area that has some simple walking trails in the woods, with a pond and marked trees and flowers for educational purposes. paved walkway around the pond makes it easy for parents with strollers to take a leisurely walk.

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22 March 2018|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
While some of the areas have cement walkways, there are some that have earth or gravel paths, so I am not sure that everything is completely accessible. This located adjacent to James Madison University, so it's busy and... More
Gail B
10 March 2017|
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Response from EJC A | Property representative |
Yes, the arboretum even provides doggie bags at the kiosks.
13 September 2016|
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Response from EJC A | Property representative |
Yes, and now the paths to the Children's Gardens area is also stroller friendly!