News & Announcements

April 4, 2022

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?

With a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Native Plant Trail meadow and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Peetwood Pavilion for Environmental Education has become one of the most popular locations at

February 2, 2022

Update: This StoryWalk® was removed at the end of February. Stay tuned for more seasonal StoryWalks® in the future!

April 1, 2022

Take a "Hot Chocolate Hike" or try "Birding for Beginners" at Blandy! Registration is open for our popular Winter/Spring workshops, programs and walks. 

A very large section in the eastern end of the arboretum fell out of active management in the 1980s, and has since become covered in invasive buckthorn and autumn olive trees that provide little fo

January 27, 2022

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.

November 1, 2021

Blandy Partners with the Clifton Institute for Local Plant Conservation

December 15, 2021

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

Blandy arborist Chris Schmidt warns that boxwood clippings can spread boxwood blight fungus in recent article in The Winchester Star.

That's all, folks! As of Thursday, November 11th, 95%+ of the trees in the Ginkgo Grove have dropped their leaves. We can look forward to enjoying the austere beauty of the Grove over the coming winter months.

Here's what the Ginkgo Grove looks like Monday, November 8th. It's been a strange fall for our ginkgoes. We estimate that ~50-75% of the ginkgo leaves have fallen, many while still green in color. Could a warm October followed by 5 consecutive days of low temperatures be to blame?

September 29, 2021

Planning a trip to Blandy? Check out these resources to learn about the birds you might encounter during your visit!

May 28, 2021

Clarke County students are making a difference in our watershed!

May 1, 2021

Our watershed education project, funded by NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, is nationally highlighted in

May 4, 2021

Pawpaw Is 2021 State Arboretum Tree of the Year

Native tree produces large, edible fruit

 

April 20, 2021

2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20

White and pink flowers surrounded by brown leaves

April 8, 2021

WILDFLOWER IDENTIFICATION WEBINAR 

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8

 

The winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) has emerged from the cold ground, letting us know spring is on the way despite a snowy, cold forecast.

February 16, 2021

Our spring programs include wildflower identification walks, a full moon walk, stargazing with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society, and more.

February 8, 2021

A lot of us would like to forget 2020 entirely. But for birders, the year featured some memorable sightings.

February 8, 2021

At the end of 2020, the State Arboretum of Virginia counted 29 Virginia State Champion trees among its collection, and eight more were in the top three.

January 25, 2021

The steam distribution system in the Quarters building at Blandy probably dates back to 1941.  As was often the case at the time, some of the steam pipes, primarily in the attic, were insulated wit

December 16, 2020

 This fall, the Garden Club of Virginia honored Candace Lutzow-Felling, Blandy's Director of Education, with a Conservation Educator Award citing her "superlative leadership skills in devleoping co

Trunk and bare branches of a sycamore tree with blue sky in the background

December 16, 2020

Winter has come, and plants have gone dormant. The arboretum's herbaceous specimens have reatreated belowground, and the deciduous trees have shed their coats of green and gold.

photo of earyn mcgee

December 7, 2020

In 2015, Earyn McGee was an undergraduate student at Howard University who spent her summer at Blandy studying the effects of pharmaceutical drugs on aquatic insects.

December 5, 2020

10-11:30 a.m. 

Saturday, November 21

10-11:30 a.m. 

Saturday, December 5

December 1, 2020

Virtual Conifer ID & Holiday Party

Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3 PM EST – 4:30 PM 

Blandy is proud to introduce our new Director of Scientific Engagement, Dr. Ariel Firebaugh. Blandy's Director of Public Programs, Dr. Steve Carroll, retired last October. We decided to reimagine the position, and the name change reflects the evolution of public programming that occurred during Steve's tenure.Blandy is proud to introduce our new Director of Scientific Engagement, Dr. Ariel Firebaugh. Blandy's Director of Public Programs, Dr. Steve Carroll, retired last October. We decided to reimagine the position, and the name change reflects the evolution of public programming that occurred during Steve's tenure.