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Botanist Peter Crane to Give Ginkgo Talk at Blandy

What: Ginkgo Program and Reception with Peter Crane
Where: Blandy Experimental Farm Library
When: Thursday, Aug. 6, 6 p.m. reception followed by talk at 7 p.m.
Cost: Program Only: $10 FOSA members, $15 nonmembers;
          Reception, book signing, and talk: $25 FOSA, $30 nonmembers
Web Site: www.blandy.virginia.edu
Reservations: Required
Public Contact: 540-837-1758 Ext. 224

One of the world’s leading botanists will come to Blandy Aug. 6 for a presentation on the fascinating story of the ginkgo tree, a biological oddity that has remained essentially unchanged for more than 200 million years. Blandy has the largest collection of ginkgo trees planted for research outside China.

Dr. Peter Crane, Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, is a former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. He was knighted in 2004 and received the International Prize for Biology in 2014.

Dr. Crane authored the book Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot (2013) and has lectured extensively on what may be the world’s most distinctive tree. Ginkgoes were widespread around the world when dinosaurs roamed the Earth but became nearly extinct 65 million years ago.

The Foundation of the State Arboretum will host a reception beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 6, followed by Dr. Crane’s talk at 7. The cost for the reception, book-signing, and talk is $25 for FOSA members, $30 for nonmembers. Admission to the talk only is $10 for FOSA members, $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, or visit online at http://www.blandy.virginia.edu.

About Blandy Experimental Farm: Blandy Experimental Farm is a research field station for the University of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Sciences. Blandy is on Route 50 in Clarke County, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 20 miles west of Middleburg. Directions and a calendar of events are online at http://www.blandy.virginia.edu.

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Blandy Research Forum is Aug. 5

What: Research Forum
Where: Library, Blandy Experimental Farm
When: Wednesday, August 5, 1-6 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Web Site: www.blandy.virginia.edu

Reservations: Encouraged
Public Contact: Dr. Kyle Haynes (haynes@virginia.edu)

Blandy Experimental Farm is holding its Annual Research Forum on Wednesday, August 5th. The forum consists of University of Virginia graduate students and undergraduates from various colleges presenting the results from their research on various ecological and environmental topics. The undergraduate speakers are participants in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In this program, students from all over the U.S. spend 11 weeks at Blandy conducting scientific research alongside Blandy faculty and graduate students.  There will be several presentations about the ecology of bees, butterflies, other insects, and plants.

The forum will be held from 1 – 6 p.m. in the library at Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia.

For more information or reservations, email Dr. Kyle Haynes (haynes@virginia.edu), or visit online at http://www.blandy.virginia.edu.
 
About Blandy Experimental Farm:
Blandy Experimental Farm is a research field station for the University of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Sciences. Blandy is on Route 50 in Clarke County, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 20 miles west of Middleburg. Directions and a calendar of events are online at http://www.blandy.virginia.edu.