The Foundation of the State Arboretum hosts many regularly scheduled events at Blandy, including large annual events such as Garden Fair (Mother’s Day Weekend) and ArborFest (second weekend in October.) 

The Foundation also presents workshops, lectures, and classes designed to educate the public about topics of interest ranging from growing and using herbs to control of invasive plants.
Mother's Day Weekend 


Mother's Day Weekend

Garden Fair is a huge plant and garden supply sale, with dozens of vendors of high-quality plants including annuals, perennials, small trees, shrubs, boxwood, bonsai, and more. The Foundation usually sells a selection of plants divided or propagated from the Arboretum collection. Garden Fair is held every Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. rain or shine. In addition to the plant sale, free events include Arboretum tours, native plant walks, children’s nature walks, and other activities for kids. 
Interested in becoming a Garden Fair vendor? Click here for more information.


Second Weekend in October
Oct. 14 & 15, 2017

Held the second weekend of October, ArborFest is the Arboretum’s fall festival and plant sale. Hours are 9 to 4:30 both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. In addition to a selection of plants divided or propagated from the Arboretum grounds, ArborFest includes a variety of plants for sale by carefully selected high-quality vendors. Activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin games and crafts, nature walks for kids as well as guided Arboretum walks, live music, and hayrides.
Interested in becoming an ArborFest vendor? Click here for more information.

Holiday Workshops
First Weekend in December

A holiday tradition, FOSA offers wreath-making workshops the first weekend in December, every year! Create your own unique holiday wreath or unique arrangement using fresh greenery, dried flowers and seed pods, and more. Our instructors will help guide you through the steps.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2  p.m.

FOSA Volunteers and Virginia Master Gardeners save, sort, and label seeds to trade or give away at the annual seed exchange. You are welcome to come with or without bringing seeds, roots, cuttings, or plants to trade. We'll also exchange garden-related books and magazines and host Forrest Pritchard, author of Growing Tomorrow and Gaining Ground.