News & Announcements

A wall comes alive with a frenzy of digger bees! Come check out the action. Click for more information.

May 11, 2023

Thanks to our partners at Winchester Community StoryWalks® , we're ready to roll out a brand new (bilingual!) StoryWalk®---Forest: ¡salve

April 28, 2023

The State Arboretum of Virginia Names the 2023 Tree of the Year: Allegheny Serviceberry

March 13, 2023


2:00-4:00 PM | Sunday, April 16th

March 6, 2023

Several star magnolia trees can be found blooming in the Magnolia family section of the arboretum. Find their flowing white blooms beginning mid-March.

February 10, 2023

We've teamed up with Winchester Community StoryWalks®  to create a brand new StoryWalk® at Blandy! 

A sign of spring on a wintery day! The winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is blooming along the stone wall on Dogwood Lane.

February 9, 2023

Applications for vendors for Blandy's Garden Fair are now available. We're back at Blandy Mother's Day weekend, May 12-14, 2023!

February 4, 2023

Lynn Batdorf, retired Curator for the National Boxwood Collection at the U.S.

December 15, 2022

Announcement- Thursday Cool Conifers program rescheduled due to weather.

October 17, 2022

Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) students Lindsey Monteith and Skye Austin were recognized with Tom Callahan Undergraduate Research Awards.

October 19, 2022

Blandy has a suprising connection to pawpaw royalty. The pawpaw (Asima triloba) produces the largest edible fruit native to North America. 

October 20, 2022

Blandy Experimental Farm, Belle Grove, Cedar Creek

September 1, 2022

It’s back-to-school time, and Blandy’s environmental education team has some book recommendations that en

August 29, 2022

Sick plant at home? Want help with a diagnosis?

August 22, 2022

Join us for the Butterflies in your Backyard program Saturday, August 27th from 10:00-11:30 to learn all about native butterflies!

ginkgo trees with golden leaves

July 18, 2022

Blandy’s Ginkgo Grove attracts thousands of visitors each fall – many of whom are visiting Blandy for the first time.

Milkweed is the sole host plant for the caterpillars of the beautiful, threatened monarch butterfly and efforts to preserve this butterfly have brought this once overlooked plant into the public consciousness.

May 30, 2022

Mayapples, buckeyes, Irises and more are blooming at Blandy! Click here for more info. 

June 1, 2022

The State Arboretum of Virginia has named the American Sycamore as its 2022 Tree of the Year. The sycamore was selected for its value as one of the largest trees in the eastern U.S.

June 2, 2022

Summertime is a great time to take advantage of a program, workshop or walk at Blandy!

More than 300 gardens participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) with the American Horticulture Association. One of the benefits of your current FOSA membership is special admission privileges and discounts at participating gardens throughout North America. 

May 27, 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

cover of pink brochure

April 8, 2021


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.