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. 

A 501(c)(3) and University of Virginia-related foundation, FOSA's mission is to support Blandy's research and educational goals, sustain the Arboretum's collections, and enhance Blandy's value as an institution that serves the public. 

Over one hundred active volunteers amassed nearly 4,800 service hours in 2014, by helping in the gardens, at events, and in our gift shop under the arch.

Board of Directors

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

Stephen Bauserman
Julian Bivins
David Carr
Jolly de Give
Bruce Downing
Joan Fine
Jacquelyn Gammons
David Look
Sandra McIntosh
Hank Hartz
Richard Minturn
Chris Oldham
Mary Olien
Christine Perdue
Tressa Borland Reuling
Roma Sherman
Elsie Wilson Thompson

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

There are so many ways you can be involved and help us further our mission of supporting environmental education and outreach. Unrestricted gifts allow FOSA latitude in applying funds where most needed. Please remember us in your estate planning.

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.


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.
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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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