News & Announcements
It's a magical time of year at Blandy Experimental Farm! Arboretum staff spent several days preparing and collecting materials for our Holiday Workshops and creating a winter wonderland of festive
November 28, 2023
Making wreaths at Blandy Experimental Farm is a great way to spend a December morning or afternoon. Registration is limited and filling up quickly!
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 today (Thursday, November 9th).
Although we think the ginkgoes look great year-round, their moment of golden glory has passed for 2023. Most of the trees are bare. The leaves have faded to a dull tan color.
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 today (Monday, November 6th).
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 today (Thursday, November 2nd).
Leaves are falling quickly, forming a golden carpet underfoot. A few trees are still holding onto their leaves.
The best time to see golden ginkgoes at Blandy is usually late October - early November, although there is some variation in timing from year to year.
Stay tuned to our website, Facebook, and Instagram for regular updates on the state of the Grove, and check out this important information on our website as you plan your visit: https://blandy.virginia.edu/fall-2023-ginkgo-info
November 2, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2- GOLDEN CARPET!
October 30, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH Monday, October 30th- Yellow, falling!
October 27, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH Friday, October 27th- Yellow!
October 26, 2023
New traffic pattern Friday, Oct. 27 (AM) - Sunday, Oct. 29 (PM)
No vehicle traffic to Ginkgo Grove via Tuleyries Lane.
October 25, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH Wednesday, October 25th- Yellow!
October 23, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH Monday, October 23rd- On the move!
October 19, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH Thursday, October 19th- On the move!
October 17, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH Tuesday, October 17th- On the move!
October 13, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH- Still mostly green, with some yellow.
October 10, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH- Still green, but heading towards yellow.
October 5, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH- (MOSTLY) STILL GREEN!
So much gold, so little time…
September 27, 2023
2023 GINKGO WATCH- STILL GREEN!
September 20, 2023
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).
September 19, 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.
August 31, 2023
Thanks to our partners at Winchester Community StoryWalks® , we're ready to roll out a brand new (bilingual!) StoryWalk®---Señorita Marip
August 23, 2023
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!
Plein Air at the Arboretum 2023 is the State Arboretum of Virginia's inaugural plein air event. This four-day event begins on Wednesday, Se
August 4, 2023
Free virtual program
11:00-12:00 | Saturday, August 26th
July 25, 2023
WILD ASANA: ANIMALS, YOGA, AND CONNECTING OUR PRACTICE TO THE NATURAL WORLD
July 21, 2023
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!
June 28, 2023
Plein Air at the Arboretum 2023 is the State Arboretum of Virginia's inaugural plein air event. NOVA Plein Air Artists is proud and honored to partner wi
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
AL GORE’S CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT – UPDATES ON A CHANGING WORLD
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.
January 5, 2023
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
October 10, 2022
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!
July 18, 2022
Blandy’s Ginkgo Grove attracts thousands of visitors each fall – many of whom are visiting Blandy for the first time.
July 6, 2022
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
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
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.
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
Saturday, November 21
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.