ginkgo trees turning yellow
Bee Wall
Common Yellowthroat on a Spruce tree
Sunflower umbrella
Photo by Jeff Taylor, The Winchester Star
ginkgo trees turning yellow
Bee Wall
Common Yellowthroat on a Spruce tree
Sunflower umbrella
Photo by Jeff Taylor, The Winchester Star

Gardening Basics Workshop

Vegetable Gardening for the Perplexed

Have you caught the gardening bug, but maybe those '"Victory Gardens" aren't turning out quite as planned? Or, you're feeling ambitious for 2022. Get the secrets of sccess just in time for spring! Join Sustainability Matters favorite gardeners, english transplant Paula Brownlee and Clarke County Local Deborah Abercrobie at Blandy for a workshop on Garden Basics, Techniques, and averting the sudden death of tomato plants. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. 

Backyard Conservationists will Benefit from Blandy Program

Blandy Partners with the Clifton Institute for Local Plant Conservation

Most native seed suppliers carry only the most common and showy native wildflowers, which is just a small subsection of our incredibly diverse flora. In most cases, commercially available plants are sourced from only a few areas and shipped to other parts of the country – a framework that doesn’t preserve local varieties of plants and often produces an inferior product for customers (a milkweed adapted to Minnesota weather might not do well in the warmer climates of Virginia).

Join other Plant Lovers at the Annual Seed Exchange

January 3, 2022 -- stephanie.swaim

Don't miss the return of this annual day of trading seeds!

The packets filled quickly when volunteers with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association met at Blandy in early November to begin packaging and labeling precious seeds gathered from many, many gardens. The treasures will be traded at the upcoming Seed Exchange, hosted by the NSVMGA.

Mark your calendar now for a fun-filled visit when you'll leave with seeds to grow vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, vines, woody plants, and more. (And start gathering your own seeds to exchange!)

Trade Seeds at NSMGA Annual Seed Exchange

Don't miss the return of this annual day of trading seeds!

The packets filled quickly when volunteers with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association met at Blandy in early November to begin packaging and labeling precious seeds gathered from many, many gardens. The treasures will be traded at the upcoming Seed Exchange, hosted by the NSVMGA.

Mark your calendar now for a fun-filled visit when you'll leave with seeds to grow vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, vines, woody plants, and more. (And start gathering your own seeds to exchange!)

Be careful with Boxwoods

Plant Experts from Blandy Experimental Farm Caution Against Using Boxwood Clippings in Holiday Decorating

Plant experts from Blandy Experimental Farm are advising Virginia residents against using cuttings from boxwoods, one of the most popular evergreens for holiday decorating, due to boxwood blight.

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Don't miss the return of this annual day of trading seeds!

Events

Thursday, January 27th

  1. Blandy Book Club Virtual Meeting

Saturday, January 29th

  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 2022!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, potentially destructive invasive species (e.g. Spotted Lanternfly), and help with gardening questions and problems. There will also be demonstrations on tool sharpening, potting, seed starting, and other gardening-related activities.Masks are required indoors at all times.

Tuesday, February 1st

  1. Blandy Photo Club Meeting
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • To learn more, send an email to [email protected]

Thursday, February 3rd

  1. Blandy Sketch Group Virtual Meeting
    • 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 inspirations for their artwork. The Blandy Sketch Group meets on the first Thursday of the month, and is open to any artist, beginner or professional. For more information, please visit: https://blandysketchgroup.wordpress.com/ 

Sunday, February 6th

  1. Vegetable Gardening for the Perplexed
    • Start time: 01:30pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Caught the gardening bug? But maybe those "victory gardens" aren't turning out quite as planned...or you're even more ambitious for 2022. Get the secrets of success just in time for spring!  Join Sustainability Matters' favorite gardeners, English transplant Paula Brownlee and Clarke County local Deborah Abercrombie, at the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy Experimental Farm) for a workshop on garden basics, techniques, and averting the sudden death of tomato plants. There'll be plenty of time for Q & A. Space for this is limited and registration is required. Register here:  https://www.sustainabilitymatters.earth/events/perplexed0222This event willbe followed by a one hour Sustainability Matters Volunteer Info Session; joinus to find out what we do and how you can get involved, virtually and/or inperson. Note: This is planned as an in-person event to be held in Blandy's library (masks required).Should the public health situation require, we will switch to a Zoom platform, and email registrants the details. Register here: https://www.sustainabilitymatters.earth/events/perplexed0222 $15 per person for Sustainability Matters or Foundation of the State Arboretum members/$20non-members