The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. It is a reference garden for the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society and includes the American Boxwood Society's Memorial Garden.

Notable Collections
  • Boxwood: 162 kinds
  • A 300-tree ginkgo grove
  • A 36-tree Cedar of Lebanon allee
Search our database and create your own map to plants in the arboretum.
Image of the Native Plant Trail
Visit the Native Plant Trail
Image of the Herb Garden
Visit the Herbaceous Gardens
visitor map
Visitor map to The Arboretum

Seeking Plant Donations

We are in the midst of a complete renovation of our pollination garden. We are turning it into a major educational garden to teach about the diversity and importance of pollinators and what you can do for pollinators in your home garden. If you have any of the plants we still need to acquire and would like to donate them to our garden, we would love to have them. For details, please see our list of needed plants here.

The Community Forest

We're planting lots of trees. And "we" means school groups, civic groups, and lots of volunteers. So far we, supported by the Virginia Department of Forestry, have planted 272 trees in the grassy area at the front entrance to the arboretum. As these trees grow, they will transform an expanse of pasture grass and weeds into a diverse eastern forest. Among the many types of trees planted are tulip poplar, white oak, eastern red oak, redbud, pawpaw, black cherry, red maple and serviceberry.  

Hands covered in dirt
Hands On! The Nysmith school for the Gifted 4th graders got their hands dirty planting trees.

About to plant a tree.
Takes two to tackle a tree. Students from the Nysmith School for the Gifted hoist a tree over the hole it will call home.

Saplings Inc plants pawpaw seeds.
A future pawpaw patch. Volunteers from Saplings Inc. clear vines, dig holes, and plant pawpaw seeds.
Master Naturalists pay their dues
Paying their dues. Master Naturalists pay their dues with sweat and hard labor. Blandy Experimental Farm has helped train cohorts of students in the Master Naturalist program and they have come back to volunteer with our programs.
photo of conifer trail trunks