Water Droplets on Redbud Leaves
Water Droplets on Redbud Leaves

Enjoy the Flory Iris Garden

A symbol of enduring faith and hope, the Iris, (Iris), known for its slender tall stalks, both soft and vibrant colors and its delicate, cascading, and rising petals has been growing at Blandy Experimental Farm since at least the 1950s. But early this May, the bearded iris cultivars in this legacy collection and additional varieties will unveil their spring beauty more fervently in the backdrop of the newly renovated Walter Flory Memorial Iris Garden. 

Get Your Garden Fair Tickets

April 17, 2024 -- kye4cb

Shop nearly 60 vendors for the very best selection of native plants, annuals, perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs, garden tools, nature-inspired crafts and more. Food, music, children’s activities, and educational opportunities too! Tickets $10/car in advance, $15/car at the gate.

Spring Wildflower Watch- April 11th

April is a great time to see spring ephemeral wildflowers at Blandy, so be sure to check out the woodland section of the Native Plant Trail on your next visit. Still rivers of Virginia Bluebells this week, interspersed with violet Wild Blue Phlox, bright yellow Wood Poppies and Leafy Toadshades, Bloodroots, and Mayapples. Herb Robert (not a Virginia native) appears in a few discrete patches along stone walls.
 

Spring Wildflower Watch- April 5th

April is a great time to see spring ephemeral wildflowers at Blandy, so be sure to check out the woodland section of the Native Plant Trail on your next visit. Loads of Virginia Bluebells this week, with a few Jacob's Ladder and Cutleaf Toothwort flowers starting to pop up. It looks like Golden Ragwort will bloom soon.
 
Stay tuned to our social media pages and website for wildflower updates this spring!

Spring Wildflower Watch- March 29th

Spring! Finally!

Over the coming weeks, new spring ephemeral wildflowers will start popping up in the woodland area of the Native Plant Trail. In a stroll through the woodland this morning, we spotted Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginia), Toadshade Trillium (Trillium sessile), a few cheery Wood Poppies (Stylophotum diphyllum), and a smattering of Rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides). Largeflower Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) and Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans) are on deck.

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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.

Events

Today

  1. Techniques and Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture in Virginia

Thursday, June 27th

  1. Blandy Plein Air Club
  2. Blandy Book Club

Tuesday, July 2nd

  1. Blandy Photography Club Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • To learn more, send an email to [email protected]

Thursday, July 11th

  1. Blandy Sketch Group
    • Start time: 12:30pm
    • End time: 03:30pm
    • The Blandy Sketch Group is a dynamic group of artists who work in the visual arts and who all share a love of the natural world as inspiration for their artwork. The Blandy Sketch Group is open to any artist, beginner or professional.  This month, we will be meeting in the Blandy LibraryVisit our website for more info- https://blandysketchgroup.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, July 17th

  1. Blandy Plein Air Club