Blandy Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
The Blandy Experimental Farm faculty and staff commit to making Blandy Experimental Farm a welcoming and supportive environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or any other grouping that has historically disadvantaged people. Read more. 

Find Calm
Amid the Chaos
Mindfulness Training Sessions
with Brown Sharp II
10-11:30 a.m. 
Saturday, December 5

Mindfulness-based practices are well regarded for their potential to support stress reduction, wellness and wellbeing. Join mindfulness instructor Brown Sharp II for one or more training sessions in the mindfulness practices.  The sessions can be attended either individually or as a series. Each session will have different emphases and provide guided experience with core mindfulness practices, such as mindfulness meditation techniques, mindfulness of the breath and mindful walking. Sessions will be held outdoors on Blandy’s beautiful grounds. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed throughout the program.

Just Another Pretty Face
The ginkgo grove gets a lot of love this time of year, but they're not the only colorful autumn trees in the arboretum. Pistacia atlantica, also known as the Persian turpentine tree, is native to the middle east and north Africa. It produces striking pink berries in the fall, which put on quite a show - particularly once the leaves start to turn gold around them.

Programs & Events
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Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

The 172 acre State Arboretum of Virginia was established in 1928. With over 5000 living trees, the diverse collection is highlighted by over 200 kinds of conifers, 162 types of boxwood, a 300 tree ginkgo grove, a cedar of Lebanon allee, an herb garden, and the Virginia Native Plant Trail.

Public ProgramsKohls Garden Day

Public programs at the State Arboretum provide opportunities for life-long learning in a variety of settings. Workshops, lectures, tours, and children’s camps offer opportunities to learn about environmental issues, natural history, gardening, and more.


Inquiry-based education is at the heart of our preK-12 programs, where students are actively engaged in hands-on explorations and research-driven field investigations. Our programs align with Virginia & National Science Standards as well as with other subjects.


Field-based ecological research is at the heart of Blandy Experimental Farm’s mission. Current University-level research involves plant pollination studies, plant-animal interactions, defoliation caused by the destructive gypsy moth, and the effects of in-breeding on plants.

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Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0