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.
The Ginkgo Grove undergoes a magical transformation each Fall as the leaves transition from green to gold. Here's what the Ginkgo Grove looks like this week (September 18-24). Most of the leaves at the Grove are pretty green!
The best time to see golden ginkgoes at Blandy is usually late October - early November.
Please visit this page for information to help you plan your visit to the Ginkgo Grove in 2023.
Heads up! VDOT will be repaving Blandy's main entrance road this week. While cars will be able to enter Blandy from Route 50 while the crew is working, there may be delays. Consider using Blandy's back entrance off of Berrys Ferry. Apologies for the inconvenience!
Thanks to our partners at Winchester Community StoryWalks® , we're ready to roll out a brand new (bilingual!) StoryWalk®---Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer!
For the next few months, you can read all about monarch migration a page at a time as you explore the Native Plant Trail Meadow at Blandy.
The two public bathrooms at the Quarters building will be closed due to renovations over the next few weeks. We can't wait to show off the new and improved restrooms in September!
In the meantime, alternative restrooms are available at Peetwood Pavilion, the Picnic Grove, and the overflow parking lot. So sorry for any inconvenience!
Plein Air at the Arboretum 2023 is the State Arboretum of Virginia's inaugural plein air event. This four-day event begins on Wednesday, September 27 when artists will gather to paint on over 700 acres of picturesque gardens, meadows, lakes and trails, wetland, woodlands, and the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the arboretum. It will run through Saturday, September 30th.
Tonight's outdoor screening of the nature documentary Wings of Life has been rescheduled due to a power outage that is expected to last through the evening. So sorry for the inconvenience! The program has been rescheduled to 8:30 Friday, August 4th.
Plein Air at the Arboretum 2023 is the State Arboretum of Virginia's inaugural plein air event. This four-day event begins on Wednesday, September 27 when artists will gather to paint on over 700 acres of picturesque gardens,...
Stargazing with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society
- Start time: 06:30pm
- End time: 08:30pm
After a short introduction in the library, Astronomical Society members will set up telescopes and guide us as we search the night sky for stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and more! For more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/programs-workshops-walks
Thursday, September 28th
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
Friday, September 29th
- Start time: 08:00am
- End time: 10:00am
Late September/early October is close to the peak of fall songbird migration. Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. David Carr in search of southbound warblers, vireos, hawks, and more! For more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/programs-workshops-walks
Full Moon Walk
- Start time: 07:00pm
- End time: 08:00pm
Explore the arboretum at night on a guided nature walk. Who knows what we’ll discover? For more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/programs-workshops-walks
Saturday, September 30th
Plein Air at the Arboretum
- Start time: 09:00am
- End time: 05:00pm
Enjoy Plein Air art, live music, and more!10:15am - Quick Draw Competition (open to all)1-3pm - Late Lunch with the Artists (ticketed event)2:30-5pm - Wet Paint Sale (open to all)Learn more https://blandy.virginia.edu/pleinair
Tuesday, October 3rd
Blandy Photo Club Meeting
- Start time: 07:00pm
- End time: 09:00pm
To learn more, send an email to [email protected]