ginkgo trees turning yellow
ginkgo trees turning yellow

Arboretum Project Begins

January 31, 2022 -- stephanie.swaim

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 food for wildlife and crowd out all other plant life. In late January, we began removing 2.5 acres of these trees, beginning the long process of transforming this degraded part of the arboretum into a beautiful, diverse forest.

Backyard Conservationists will Benefit from Blandy Program

Blandy Partners with the Clifton Institute for Local Plant Conservation

Most native seed suppliers carry only the most common and showy native wildflowers, which is just a small subsection of our incredibly diverse flora. In most cases, commercially available plants are sourced from only a few areas and shipped to other parts of the country – a framework that doesn’t preserve local varieties of plants and often produces an inferior product for customers (a milkweed adapted to Minnesota weather might not do well in the warmer climates of Virginia).

Be careful with Boxwoods

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

Plant experts from Blandy Experimental Farm are advising Virginia residents against using cuttings from boxwoods, one of the most popular evergreens for holiday decorating, due to boxwood blight.


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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 Blandy since it first opened in 2005.



  1. Plein Air Group
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • Paint surrounded by the beauty of the natural world! After a quick check-in at the Blandy Herb Garden, artists may go wherever they prefer to paint within Blandy. All experience levels welcome! 

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  1. Make Your Own Succulent Planter
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 07:30pm
    • Learn about succulent care and diversity, then make your own succulent planter with “how-tos” from Blandy Assistant Curator for Herbaceous Gardens Carrie Whitacre. All materials and plants provided. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: HTTPS://BLANDY.VIRGINIA.EDU/CONTENT/UPCOMING-EVENTS

Thursday, May 26th

  1. Blandy Book Club

Friday, May 27th

  1. Bird Walk
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End time: 10:00am
    • By this time, migrant breeding birds should be singing and nesting. Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. David Carr to scout for orioles, Willow Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Buntings, and more!CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: HTTPS://BLANDY.VIRGINIA.EDU/CONTENT/UPCOMING-EVENTS

Saturday, May 28th

  1. Memorial Tree Planting
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:00am
    • Memorial Tree planting to honor the life of McHenry L.Stiff, III.Meet in the main parking lot at 10am, members of the public are welcome.The Funeral Service for McHenry L. Stiff, III will be held on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at 2:30 pm at the Grace Episcopal Church, 110 North Church Street, Berryville, VA, 22611.