Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

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The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is an arboretum and botanical garden on the James Madison University campus, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA in the Shenandoah Valley. Groundbreaking for the arboretum took place April, 1985, under direction of Dr. Norlyn Bodkin,[1] who is credited the first scientific botanical discovery along the Eastern Seaboard of Virginia since the 1940s, Trillium: Shenandoah Wake Robin, presently found at the arboretum[2]. The only arboretum located on the campus of a Virginia state university. Exhibits include a developed trail system through 125 acres (0.51 km2) of mature Oak-Hickory Forrest with two identified century specimens and a species on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Threatened Species list protected at the arboretum: Betula uber, Round-Leaf Birch.[3]

Its gardens include:

  • April Walk Daffodil Garden (1988) - a variety of daffodils.
  • Glen Dale Azalea Experimental Planting (1996) - hybrid azalea.
  • Herb Garden (1996)
  • Mid-Atlantic Azalea Garden (1996)- azalea natives including pinxter flower, flame azalea, rose azalea, plumleaf azalea, and hybrid crosses.

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Coordinates: 38°25′47.3″N 78°51′39.2″W / 38.429806°N 78.860889°W / 38.429806; -78.860889