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. 

Ask a Bee Scientist Q&A 
Saturday, September 26 |11-11:30 a.m.
Hey kids (and parents!), do you have a burning question about bees? Here’s your chance to ask a bug scientist! Join us on Blandy’s Facebook page for a live Q&A. 

The Golden Touch
September is when goldenrods and other Aster family plants shine! SO many pollinators nectar and pollen on these plants as fall approaches. From solitary wasps, like this species of potter wasp (Monobia sp.), to small bees, to butterflies, to flies, to... mosquitos?! That's right, even mosquitos will nectar on goldenrod.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Nature Nurtures festival will be an online event. Learn more.

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