As the temperature warms up and things start blooming, are you itching to visit some of the beautiful gardens around your home or while you’re travelling? One of the benefits of your current FOSA membership card is the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP), which gives you special admission privileges and discounts at 345+ participating gardens throughout North America as part of the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program.
The Blandy Book Club will meet virtually on Thursday, January 27 to discuss "Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures" by Merlin Sheldrake. For more information, contact Ariel Firebaugh, our Director of Scientiic Engagement.
Lynn Batdorf, retired Curator for the National Boxwood Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum and author of numerous authoritative texts on boxwoods, will be giving a talk in the Blandy library from 10:30-12:00 Saturday, February 4th. Proceeds will go towards the care and maintenance of the arboretum's boxwood collection.
Announcement- Thursday Cool Conifers program rescheduled due to weather.
The Cool Conifers public program originally scheduled for today (Thursday) has been rescheduled for the assigned “inclement weather date” of Friday, December 16th from 2:00-3:00.
So sorry for any inconvenience this might cause!
Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) students Lindsey Monteith and Skye Austin were recognized with Tom Callahan Undergraduate Research Awards. The students presented their research findings in August after spending eight weeks working with faculty mentors in this summer's program.
Blandy has a suprising connection to pawpaw royalty. The pawpaw (Asima triloba) produces the largest edible fruit native to North America.
News & Announcements
Blandy Book Club
- Start time: 01:00pm
- End time: 02:30pm
Visit the Blandy Book Club website to learn more!: https://blandy.virginia.edu/book-club
Saturday, January 28th
NSMGA Seed Exchange
- Start time: 10:00am
- End time: 02:00pm
Blandy Experimental Farm will host Northern Shenandoah Master Gardeners Association Seed Exchange in January 2023!The NSVMGA Seed Exchange is an annual event where Master Gardeners provide opportunities for the community at-large to obtain -- for free -- seeds and home-grown seedlings to use in their own gardens and homes, and participate in educational gardening lectures and activities. Besides seeds and seedlings, we provide information on current gardening best practices and potentially destructive invasive species (e.g. Spotted Lanternfly), and help with gardening questions and problems. There will also be demonstrations on gardening-related activities.
Sunday, January 29th
Inclement Weather Date: Beyond the A.T. Footpath: Designing an A.T. Corridor in Response to Climate Change
- Start time: 02:00pm
- End time: 03:00pm
Inclement weather date for Jan. 22nd program. Join Katie Allen (Director of Landscape Conservation at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) to learn about efforts to enhance the climate resiliency of the A.T. landscape. Click here for more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/winter-programs-workshops-walks
Thursday, February 2nd
Blandy Sketch Group
- Start time: 12:30pm
- End time: 03:30pm
The Blandy Sketch Group is a dynamic group of artists who work in the visual arts and who all share a love of the natural world as inspiration for their artwork. The Blandy Sketch Group is open to any artist, beginner or professional. This month, we will be meeting in the Blandy Library.Visit our website for more info- https://blandysketchgroup.wordpress.com/
Saturday, February 4th
Knowing and Growing Boxwood
- Start time: 10:30am
- End time: 12:00pm
Grown for centuries, boxwood is a familiar shrub in many regions of the United States and Europe. Yet, boxwood is not always well understood. Learn all about box with Lynn Batdorf, retired Curator for the National Boxwood Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum and author of numerous authoritative texts on boxwood. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: HTTPS://BLANDY.VIRGINIA.EDU/CONTENT/WINTER-PROGRAMS-WORKSHOPS-WALKS
Inclement Weather Date: Hot Chocolate Hike - Wild Winter Wonderland
- Start time: 02:00pm
- End time: 03:00pm
Inclement weather date for Jan. 21st program. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean nature goes away! Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate (or tea!) while exploring wild and wonderful winter habitats with a naturalist. Click here for more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/winter-programs-workshops-walks