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

Former Blandy researcher Earyn McGee makes Forbe's list of 30 under 30.

In 2015, Earyn McGee was an undergraduate student at Howard University who spent her summer at Blandy studying the effects of pharmaceutical drugs on aquatic insects. Now she is recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of 30 Under 30 for her sudden rise as a dynamic young researcher and science communicator. Earyn earned her M.S. Master of Science degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Conservation and Management at the University of Arizona and stayed on at Arizona, where she is now studying the impacts of climate change on lizard populations in the southwestern U.S.


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Don't miss the return of this annual day of trading seeds!


Thursday, January 27th

  1. Blandy Book Club Virtual Meeting

Saturday, January 29th

  1. NSMGA Seed Exchange
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Blandy Experimental Farm will host Northern Shenandoah Master Gardeners Association Seed Exchange in January 2022!The NSVMGA Seed Exchange is an annual event where Master Gardeners provide opportunities for the community at-large to obtain -- for free -- seeds and home-grown seedlings to use in their own gardens and homes, and participate in educational gardening lectures and activities. Besides seeds and seedlings, we provide information on current gardening best practices, potentially destructive invasive species (e.g. Spotted Lanternfly), and help with gardening questions and problems. There will also be demonstrations on tool sharpening, potting, seed starting, and other gardening-related activities.Masks are required indoors at all times.

Tuesday, February 1st

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

Thursday, February 3rd

  1. Blandy Sketch Group Virtual 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: 

Sunday, February 6th

  1. Vegetable Gardening for the Perplexed
    • Start time: 01:30pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Caught the gardening bug? But maybe those "victory gardens" aren't turning out quite as planned...or you're even more ambitious for 2022. Get the secrets of success just in time for spring!  Join Sustainability Matters' favorite gardeners, English transplant Paula Brownlee and Clarke County local Deborah Abercrombie, at the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy Experimental Farm) for a workshop on garden basics, techniques, and averting the sudden death of tomato plants. There'll be plenty of time for Q & A. Space for this is limited and registration is required. Register here: event willbe followed by a one hour Sustainability Matters Volunteer Info Session; joinus to find out what we do and how you can get involved, virtually and/or inperson. Note: This is planned as an in-person event to be held in Blandy's library (masks required).Should the public health situation require, we will switch to a Zoom platform, and email registrants the details. Register here: $15 per person for Sustainability Matters or Foundation of the State Arboretum members/$20non-members