ginkgo trees turning yellow
ginkgo trees turning yellow

Landscape Improvement Project Underway for Peetwood Pavilion

March 25, 2022 -- stephanie.swaim

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. Located about 50 yards east of the visitor parking lot, Peetwood Pavilion is primarily used for Blandy’s K-12 school programs. Over the winter it’s received a major facelift, funded with the support of the University of Virginia’s Arboretum and Landscape Committee as well as the Foundation of the State Arboretum.

New Winter StoryWalk(R)!

Update: This StoryWalk® was removed at the end of February. Stay tuned for more seasonal StoryWalks® in the future!

For the next few weeks, you can enjoy a good book and learn about wintertime wildlife while you walk along the Native Plant Trail!

Blandy's new winter StoryWalk® consists of a series of signs spaced at regular intervals. Each sign bears one page of Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. You and the young naturalist in your life can read the book a page at a time as you walk along the trail.

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The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are hosting their annual Seed Exchange at Blandy this Saturday (January 28th) from 10:00-2:00!

Events

Thursday, February 2nd

  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 Library.Visit our website for more info- https://blandysketchgroup.wordpress.com/

Saturday, February 4th

  1. Knowing and Growing Boxwood
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • Grown for centuries, boxwood is a familiar shrub in many regions of the United States and Europe. Yet, boxwood is not always well understood. Learn all about box with Lynn Batdorf, retired Curator for the National Boxwood Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum and author of numerous authoritative texts on boxwood. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: HTTPS://BLANDY.VIRGINIA.EDU/CONTENT/WINTER-PROGRAMS-WORKSHOPS-WALKS

  2. Inclement Weather Date: Hot Chocolate Hike - Wild Winter Wonderland
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • Inclement weather date for Jan. 21st program. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean nature goes away! Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate (or tea!) while exploring wild and wonderful winter habitats with a naturalist. Click here for more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/winter-programs-workshops-walks

Tuesday, February 7th

  1. Blandy Photo Club Meeting

Saturday, February 11th

  1. Houseplant Love
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Are you loving your houseplants to death? Learn tips and tricks to keep your houseplants happy and healthy from Blandy’s Assistant Curator for Herbaceous Gardens Carrie Whitacre. Pick out a new houseplant to take home… perhaps a gift for a special someone? Click here for more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/winter-programs-workshops-walks

Saturday, February 18th

  1. Inclement Weather Date: Houseplant Love
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Inclement weather date for Feb. 11th program- Are you loving your houseplants to death? Learn tips and tricks to keep your houseplants happy and healthy from Blandy’s Assistant Curator for Herbaceous Gardens Carrie Whitacre. Pick out a new houseplant to take home… perhaps a gift for a special someone? Click here for more information and to register: https://blandy.virginia.edu/content/winter-programs-workshops-walks

  2. Hot Chocolate Hike - Bodacious Birds