A winter scene with trees and snow
A winter scene with trees and snow

Asbestos removed from Quarters

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 with asbestos.  A survey of the building in the 1980s did not recommend removal, but recent damage to the asbestos insulation in the attic caused the University to recommend its removal now.  The removal project began on 11 January 2021 and was completed by the following week.  Marlin Phillips, the University of Virginia’s Asbestos and Lead Safety Program Manager, was at Blandy to oversee the project


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The Arboretum’s Conifer Collection looks great year-round! Find out all about conifers from around the world, and visit the State Champion Japanese Umbrella Pine!



  1. Nature Journaling for Ages 8+: Make creative connections!

Tuesday, March 5th

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

Thursday, March 7th

  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/

Sunday, March 24th

  1. Eclipse Ecology: How Wildlife Respond to Solar Eclipses

Thursday, March 28th

  1. Blandy Book Club