ginkgo trees turning yellow
ginkgo trees turning yellow

Reciprocal Admissions Program is FOSA Benefit

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.


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Milkweed is the sole host plant for the caterpillars of the beautiful, threatened monarch butterfly and efforts to preserve this butterfly have brought this once overlooked plant into the public consciousness.



  1. Blandy Book Club

Saturday, January 28th

  1. 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

  1. 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:

Thursday, February 2nd

  1. 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-

Saturday, February 4th

  1. 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

  2. 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: