1 Billion Years of Geologic History of the
Shenandoah Valley 
in 55 Minutes
Laure Wallace
Geologist and Master Naturalist
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

Walk back 1 billion years to a time of mountain building in the Shenandoah Valley. Then travel forward in time and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of lava flows and great oceans that once covered this land.Come learn about ecosystems past and present in this beautiful part of Virginia.

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Ginkgo Watch
The ginkgo grove is showing more color each day, but the change is later than most years. The grove is about 40-50 percent of peak in this photo taken Friday, Oct. 28.

Programs and Events

Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

The 172 acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. 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.

Contact Us Email: Blandy@virginia.edu
Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0