Plants That Eat Animals
Tuesday, March 20
7-8:30 p.m.
Steve Carroll
Blandy Experimental Farm
We are surrounded by animals that eat plants. Yet there are cases—think Venus flytraps and pitcher plants—in which plants “eat” animals. How do plants manage this, and what are the costs and benefits 
of being carnivorous?
No Cherry on Top
This Japanese Cornelian Cherry (Cornus officinalis) isn't a cherry at all, it's a member of the dogwood family. This photo was taken Thursday, March 15, just east of the Quarters.


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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.

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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