Birders love Blandy's varied habitat.

ginkgo trees turning yellow
Bee Wall
Common Yellowthroat on a Spruce tree
Sunflower umbrella
Photo by Jeff Taylor, The Winchester Star

Birders love Blandy's varied habitat.

ginkgo trees turning yellow
Bee Wall
Common Yellowthroat on a Spruce tree
Sunflower umbrella
Photo by Jeff Taylor, The Winchester Star

A carpet of yellow cheer awaits you!

February 16, 2021 -- Anonymous (not verified)

 

The winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) has emerged from the cold ground, letting us know spring is on the way despite a snowy, cold forecast.

A native of Europe, this small but mighty bulb is happy growing in rich, well-drained soil. Their bright yellow flowers only open when the sun is shining, so do not expect to see them in full bloom on cloudy days. When in bloom, you will often see honeybees foraging for nectar and pollen.

To see aconite at the arboretum, walk east down Dogwood Lane from the Quarters building and look left into the grassy area.

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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.

Events

Thursday, December 2nd

  1. Blandy Sketch Group Meeting
    • 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 inspirations for their artwork. The Blandy Sketch Group meets on the first Thursday of the month, and is open to any artist, beginner or professional. For more information, please visit: https://blandysketchgroup.wordpress.com/ 

Saturday, December 4th

  1. FOSA Holiday Workshops
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • 'Tis the season....to REGISTER for the STATE ARBORETUM'S HOLIDAY WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS! Join us in December at Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane | Boyce, Virginia Register now for one of our popular wreath-making workshops. All materials and instructions are provided. You'll leave with a wreath designed by you to proudly hang at your home this holiday season! Create an original mixed evergreen wreath in either a 12-inch or 20-inch size.12-inch wreathFOSA Members $35 Non-Members $40 20-inch wreath FOSA Members $48 Non-Members $52 Choose from these workshop dates and times: · Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am - Noon · Saturday, December 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Sunday, December 5, 9:30 am - Noon · Sunday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Monday, December 6, 9:30 am - Noon · Monday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Capacity is limited, so please register early! Questions? Contact Sue Ridley at 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or [email protected]. Per current University of Virginia guidelines, participants will wearmasks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

  2. FOSA Holiday Workshops
    • Start time: 01:30pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • 'Tis the season....to REGISTER for the STATE ARBORETUM'S HOLIDAY WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS! Join us in December at Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane | Boyce, Virginia Register now for one of our popular wreath-making workshops. All materials and instructions are provided. You'll leave with a wreath designed by you to proudly hang at your home this holiday season! Create an original mixed evergreen wreath in either a 12-inch or 20-inch size.12-inch wreathFOSA Members $35 Non-Members $40 20-inch wreath FOSA Members $48 Non-Members $52 Choose from these workshop dates and times: · Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am - Noon · Saturday, December 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Sunday, December 5, 9:30 am - Noon · Sunday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Monday, December 6, 9:30 am - Noon · Monday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Capacity is limited, so please register early! Questions? Contact Sue Ridley at 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or [email protected]. Per current University of Virginia guidelines, participants will wearmasks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Sunday, December 5th

  1. FOSA Holiday Workshops
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • 'Tis the season....to REGISTER for the STATE ARBORETUM'S HOLIDAY WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS! Join us in December at Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane | Boyce, Virginia Register now for one of our popular wreath-making workshops. All materials and instructions are provided. You'll leave with a wreath designed by you to proudly hang at your home this holiday season! Create an original mixed evergreen wreath in either a 12-inch or 20-inch size.12-inch wreathFOSA Members $35 Non-Members $40 20-inch wreath FOSA Members $48 Non-Members $52 Choose from these workshop dates and times: · Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am - Noon · Saturday, December 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Sunday, December 5, 9:30 am - Noon · Sunday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Monday, December 6, 9:30 am - Noon · Monday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Capacity is limited, so please register early! Questions? Contact Sue Ridley at 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or [email protected]. Per current University of Virginia guidelines, participants will wearmasks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

  2. FOSA Holiday Workshops
    • Start time: 01:30pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • 'Tis the season....to REGISTER for the STATE ARBORETUM'S HOLIDAY WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS! Join us in December at Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane | Boyce, Virginia Register now for one of our popular wreath-making workshops. All materials and instructions are provided. You'll leave with a wreath designed by you to proudly hang at your home this holiday season! Create an original mixed evergreen wreath in either a 12-inch or 20-inch size.12-inch wreathFOSA Members $35 Non-Members $40 20-inch wreath FOSA Members $48 Non-Members $52 Choose from these workshop dates and times: · Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am - Noon · Saturday, December 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Sunday, December 5, 9:30 am - Noon · Sunday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Monday, December 6, 9:30 am - Noon · Monday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Capacity is limited, so please register early! Questions? Contact Sue Ridley at 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or [email protected]. Per current University of Virginia guidelines, participants will wearmasks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Monday, December 6th

  1. FOSA Holiday Workshops
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • 'Tis the season....to REGISTER for the STATE ARBORETUM'S HOLIDAY WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS! Join us in December at Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane | Boyce, Virginia Register now for one of our popular wreath-making workshops. All materials and instructions are provided. You'll leave with a wreath designed by you to proudly hang at your home this holiday season! Create an original mixed evergreen wreath in either a 12-inch or 20-inch size.12-inch wreathFOSA Members $35 Non-Members $40 20-inch wreath FOSA Members $48 Non-Members $52 Choose from these workshop dates and times: · Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am - Noon · Saturday, December 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Sunday, December 5, 9:30 am - Noon · Sunday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Monday, December 6, 9:30 am - Noon · Monday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Capacity is limited, so please register early! Questions? Contact Sue Ridley at 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or [email protected]. Per current University of Virginia guidelines, participants will wearmasks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

  2. FOSA Holiday Workshops
    • Start time: 01:30pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • 'Tis the season....to REGISTER for the STATE ARBORETUM'S HOLIDAY WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOPS! Join us in December at Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia 400 Blandy Farm Lane | Boyce, Virginia Register now for one of our popular wreath-making workshops. All materials and instructions are provided. You'll leave with a wreath designed by you to proudly hang at your home this holiday season! Create an original mixed evergreen wreath in either a 12-inch or 20-inch size.12-inch wreathFOSA Members $35 Non-Members $40 20-inch wreath FOSA Members $48 Non-Members $52 Choose from these workshop dates and times: · Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am - Noon · Saturday, December 4, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Sunday, December 5, 9:30 am - Noon · Sunday, December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 pm · Monday, December 6, 9:30 am - Noon · Monday, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Capacity is limited, so please register early! Questions? Contact Sue Ridley at 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or [email protected]. Per current University of Virginia guidelines, participants will wearmasks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Tuesday, December 7th

  1. Blandy Photo Club Meeting
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • To learn more, send an email to [email protected]