Honoring Edith J. Carrier
August 1, 1934 – March 14, 2021
Our hearts are with the Carrier family as they grieve the loss of the family's matriarch, Edith Johnson Carrier. Our namesake, Edith J. Carrier, was a remarkable woman who cared deeply about the Arboretum and James Madison University as a whole. We will always remember her for her kindness, joyful presence, and love for gardens. The Arboretum staff are proud to carry her name forward through the Arboretum's name, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU. May her grace and welcoming nature continue to live on here among the trees and in the gardens.
“Mrs. Carrier wore many hats while Dr. Carrier was president from 1971 to 1998 and chancellor from 1998 to 2002. Among them was as hostess for the many corporate, political and academic luminaries who visited Madison. She also enjoyed hosting numerous social gatherings in their home and attending every JMU sporting event she could.
She didn’t seek the limelight, but her enormous contributions certainly did not go unnoticed by the James Madison University Board of Visitors. In 1998, to acknowledge her years of service to the university and as a recognition of gratitude, the Board of Visitors named the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in her honor. Mrs. Carrier’s legacy lives on in this beautiful, 125-acre woodland sanctuary and botanical garden on JMU’s campus.” - (JMU Statement, full article link below)
DID YOU KNOW?
Swamp milkweed = Pollinator Magnet
Milkweeds are host to the Monarch butterfly and the Queen butterfly (a different species related to the Monarch seen in the south). Both swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, and common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, plants were found to carry the largest number of monarch eggs compared to the rest of the milkweeds, according to one study.
In addition the swamp milkweed feeds many other pollinators by producing abundant nectar that feeds numerous bees, including bumblebees and sweat bees, two moths, at least six butterflies in addition to the two monarch species, including the eastern tiger swallowtail, red Admiral, and great spangled fritillary; also the Delaware skipper, hover flies, and some long-horned beetles.
A Glimpse Ahead Into the Summer Season
"It's summertime and the (native) living is easy, in the Sustainability Matters-produced series, Native Virginia Now, starring Shenandoah Valley landowners Jeff & Ali Carithers. Follow the plants, pollinators and animals of Spring House Farms' thriving ecosystem throughout the seasons. In this episode, all the flowers of summer, more flower-coordinated outfits, photobombing beetles, and some surprise lifestyle tips at the end."
Tuesdays | April 13 | May 11 | June 8
Join Sound Healer and Yoga & Meditation Teacher Connie Magee for an etheric journey in the woods. Trees provide healing medicine for the soul, and the otherworldly tones of two large gongs and chimes provide a magical soundscape that dances within the sounds of nature. Find a comfortable spot on your yoga mat or lawn chair, settle into a guided mind-body meditation, and drift away. You'll notice the birds and woodland creatures connecting to the vibrations, and you will deeply relax and tune in simultaneously. Please meet Connie on the Ernst Tree Terrace adjacent to the Frances Plecker Education Center.
Wednesdays | 10 AM - 11 AM | April 14, April 21, April 28
,Take an educational stroll with Arboretum Director, Jan Sievers Mahon, during this most exciting and beautiful time of year. Learn about spring ephemerals and where to find them in the Arboretum! Free event, limited spaces available, pre-registration required. Meet at the Frances Plecker Education Center.
Sound Yoga Series
Wednesdays, 12 PM - 1 PM | April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5
$19/Class or $70 Full Series
The perfect mid-day pick me up! Join E-RYT Connie Magee for a flowing yoga practice and gong bath on the Ernst Tree Terrace (patio adjacent to the Frances Plecker Education Center) at the Arboretum. This all-levels flow will open your body, align your energy and send you into the rest of your day with a blissful smile. Bring a yoga mat, any props you like to work with (yoga blocks, blanket for Savasana), water bottle and a willingness to evolve. All sessions include breathwork.
Virtual Garden Lecture: Pollinator Gardens
With Dr. Amy Goodall, Associate Professor, Geographic Science
Wednesday, April 14th | 12 - 1 PM | $12
Spring Celebration Plant Sale
April 23 - April 30 | 9 AM - 3 PM
*Not open on Sunday, 4/25*
Location: Ernst Tree Terrace (at Frances Plecker Education Center)
Come celebrate spring here at the Arboretum! Shop from a wide array of native plants, perennials, shrubs and trees!
Online orders for pickup begin:
Arboretum Members | Thursday, April 15 and Public | Monday, April 19
Parking available in Arboretum lots and JMU Lot R5