Guided tours

Looking for an outdoor-sy outing for your office, club, or organization? You've come to the right place! Blandy offers a variety of guided tours for groups of 6 or more. 

COVID-19 Precautions: All tours are currently being conducted entirely outdoors. Masks and physical distancing are engouraged. 

Advanced registration is required. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. 

An $8 per person donation is requested for guided tours. Please make checks payable to the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia.

Tour buses are not allowed to drive through Blandy's grounds due to sharp turns and low-hanging tree branches. Buses must park in the front field parking lot. Enter Blandy from the Route 50 entrance, then turn left into the parking lot at the "Bus & Visitor Parking" sign.

For more information and to scheudle a tour, please contact the Director of Scientific Engagement.

Tours offered:


1.5-2 hours | 1-1.5 miles | Offered March-November

Learn about Blandy’s curious and quirky history while discovering unique tree specimens in our collection.



1 hour | 0.3 miles | Offered April-October

Discover old friends and hidden gems in Blandy's Herb, Quarters, and Pollination Gardens!            




1-2 hours | 0.6 miles | Offered April-October

Ask your native plant questions, learn to identify various native and invasive plants, and discover how we manage the various habitats along the Nancy Larrick Crosby Native Plant Trail.



1 hour | 0.4 miles | Offered all year

Explore Blandy’s extensive conifer collection containing 1,300 specimens from across North America and around the globe.