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.

Garden Fair
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.

Oct. 13, 2018
Join us for our first Nature Nurtures event Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We'll have vendors, demonstrations, workshops, nature crafts and more. The cost is just $5 per car so bring the entire family.
This unique one-day event will feature a variety of walks, talks, and demonstrations that highlight uses of the natural world to improve and sustain a healthy quality of life. This will be a family-friendly event where children of all ages can do such things as create fairy and woodland creature houses in the “enchanted forest” and enjoy crafts that will connect them to the natural world. 


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.

Seed Exchange and Plant Swap
January 26, 2019, 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.