The Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia (FOSA), a University of Virginia-related foundation -- is the official fund-raising, membership, and gift-receiving organization for the State Arboretum of Virginia and Blandy Experimental Farm. 

Giving to FOSA, the State Arboretum and Blandy: Please send donations (made out to FOSA) by mail to FOSA, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620. For your convenience, you may also donate online or by stopping by to visit us in the main office at Blandy. FOSA is a 501(c)(3) and the Federal Tax ID No. 54-1268275Please scroll down for more on giving opportunities here at the State Arboretum.



Blandy will be a center for outstanding environmental research and education, set within the natural beauty and remarkable collections of Virginia's State Arboretum. 


FOSA will support Blandy's research and educational goals, sustain the Arboretum's collections, and enhance Blandy's value as an institution that serves the public. 


Enhance user experience
Build relationships
Balance revenue and expense

Board of Directors

Bob Lee, President
Christine Perdue, Vice President
Mary Olien, Secretary
Kathy Clark, Treasurer
Bob Wever, Past President

Stephen Bauserman
David Carr
Jolly de Give
Bruce Downing
Joan Fine
Susan Harris
Hank Hartz
Michelle Jones
David Look
Karen McGlathery
Jay Monroe
Chris Oldham
Roma Sherman
Elsie Wilson Thompson

Martha Bjelland, Director of FOSA

Please stop by, call or email Martha BjellandDirector of  FOSA, to learn of giving opportunities at the State Arboretum and Blandy Experimental Farm. 

There are many ways you can be involved and help us further our mission of supporting environmental education outreach programs here at the State Arboretum of Virginia. 
  • Consider becoming a member of FOSA's giving clubs with unrestricted gifts: Blandy Society ($1,000+) or Ginkgo Guild ($5,000) 
  • Remember FOSA in your estate planning. Please contact Martha Bjelland for more information.
  • Thinking of a bench or tree in honor/memory of someone special? With your tax-deductible donation of $1,200 (increasing to $1,800 effective 7/1/2016), FOSA will purchase a five-foot teak bench/engraved plaque and place the bench at a mutually agreed upon spot at the Arboretum. FOSA will replace the bench if necessary, for up to twenty years. To learn more about honorary/memorial trees, click here. 
  • Gifts of marketable securities are handled through the University of Virginia's Advancement Office. Before making a stock transfer, please alert  FOSA Director Martha Bjelland at 540-837-1758 x 221.
  • For DTC eligible securities: 
  • Clearing Broker:       Pershing LLC
  • DTC Participant#     443
  • Account Number:    N7M-001327
  • Credit:                    University of Virginia Gift Account
  • Reference:             {Donor’s Name}

Koy Mislowsky, Volunteer and Events CoordinatorAre you interested in helping out in the gardens, or at an event? Would you like to be a vendor at ArborFest or Garden Fair? Are you considering Blandy for your upcoming wedding? 

Contact Koy Mislowsky, 
FOSA's Volunteer and Events Coordinator to learn more about our thriving volunteer program and events held at Blandy throughout the year.

Considering Become a FOSA Member?

There are many benefits to being a member of the Foundation of the State Arboretum! With a FOSA membership, you can visit nearly 300 gardens across the country for free, as part of the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program. To learn more about membership benefits, become a FOSA member, make a donation or online payment for an upcoming event or program, please click on the link below.
GOT QUESTIONS?                                                                                       
Robin Arnold,
FOSA's Administrative Assistant, 
will be happy to assist you with general information on FOSA membership, programs, 
and to make a donation or payment by telephone. 

Robin can be reached at 540-837-1758 x 224, Monday through Friday between 1 and 5 PM.
Learn more about FOSA:
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