Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Located on the campus of James Madison University, this 125-acre arboretum was established in 1985.

Arboretum Entrance

Highlights include several differently themed Azalea gardens, a natural patch of mixed oak-hickory forest, a bog garden and a daffodil garden.

scenic view

The garden I find most intriguing is the rock garden, a man-made shale barren.

scenic view

Shale barrens are uncommon natural plant communities that feature a unique flora including many endemic species. I like to see public gardens highlight unique features of their local environment rather than just displaying what everyone else displays. Almost everyone has a rock garden and they’re all beautiful, but it’s nice to see a garden trying something different.

I have not yet been able to visit this garden. The photos are courtesy of Edith J Carrier Arboretum.

here to visit the arboretum's website.

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