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Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014, the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia (FOSA)     is the
official fund-raising, membership, and gift receiving organization for the State Arboretum of Virginia and Blandy Experimental Farm. FOSA is a 501(c)(3) and is a university-related foundation. FOSA has about 700 member units. In 2013,100 active volunteers amassed nearly 4,800 volunteer hours by helping in the gardens, at events, and in our gift shop under the arch.

Board of Directors

Sylvia Wilson, President
Bob Wever, Vice President
Bob Lee, Secretary
Kathy Clark, Treasurer
Bruce Downing, Past President

Stephen Bauserman
Julian Bivins
David Carr
Susan Chatfield-Taylor
Donna Downing
Joan Fine
Jacquelyn Gammons
David Look
Joseph Metz
Sandra McIntosh
Chris Oldham
Mary Olien
Christine Perdue
Byron Pitts
Tressa Borland Reuling
Roma Sherman

Martha Bjelland, Director of FOSA
 Please call or email                  Martha Bjelland,                    Director of  FOSA, to                  learn of exciting gift                  opportunities at the State      Arboretum and Blandy      Experimental Farm.  

Below are a few
examples of donation
  • A memorial bench located in a meaningful place at the Arboretum is a wonderful way to remember a loved one. 
  • Special projects  
  • Graduate student research support
Koy Mislowsky, Volunteer and Events Coordinator
Are 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.


There are many benefits to being a member of the Foundation of the State Arboretum! 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.
Dial the main office, 540-837-1758 x 224 for general information on FOSA membership, programs, 
and to make a donation or payment by telephone.
Learn more about FOSA:
Visit our Arbor Vitae Official Archive