Annual Events

Holiday Workshops
A holiday tradition, FOSA offers wreath-making workshops the first weekend in December, every year! Create your own unique holiday wreath using fresh greenery, pine cones, seed pods and other natural adornments. Our instructors will help guide you through the steps.

Seed Exchange and Plant Swap
Blandy Experimental Farm and FOSA host the Northern Shenandoah Master Gardeners Assoication Seed Exchange every January. Volunteers save, sort, and label seeds to trade or give away at the annual event. 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.

Garden Fair
Mother's Day Weekend
Our annual flagship fundraising event, Garden Fair is a one-stop shopping experience for today’s gardener. Explore an expansive variety of plants nurtured with care, from the traditional to new selections you’ve wanted to try. Dozens of established plant and garden-related vendors from around the region bring their inventory directly to you – all in one place! You’ll find an unmatched selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, small trees, shrubs, berry bushes, native plants, home and garden products, and more. As you shop, enjoy fare from food vendors, live music, and plant experts eager to share their gardening wisdom. This popular event attracts thousands of nature lovers each year.


Blandy Summer Nature Camp
June - July

Kids need nature and nature needs kids! Explore the natural world through observation, experimentation, and hands-on activities. Campers will work in small groups with leaders, naturalists, and Blandy’s scientists.