Winter Tree ID and
Holiday Potluck
Sunday, December 15
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by 
Sustainability Matters
They all look the same without their leaves, don't they? Join Sustainability Matters for a 90-minute guided walk and ID primer by Virginia State Forester Matt Wolanski. You'll never mistake an oak for a walnut again! Holiday-themed potluck and social hour with fellow nature nerds will follow the walk (from about 2:30-4 pm). Registration is through Sustainability Matters,

Holiday Workshops are FULL.

Time Machine
This Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was planted in 1959, but the trees grew in North America as far back as 66 million years ago. Native to China, an isolated population was found growing on a small island in 1944. The Arnold Arboretum collected seeds and distributed them to universities and arboreta worldwide. Blandy has 63 Dawn Redwoods in its collection.
Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

The 172 acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. With over 5000 living trees, the diverse collection is highlighted by over 200 kinds of conifers, 162 types of boxwood, a 300 tree ginkgo grove, a cedar of Lebanon allee, an herb garden, and the Virginia Native Plant Trail.

Public ProgramsKohls Garden Day

Public programs at the State Arboretum provide opportunities for life-long learning in a variety of settings. Workshops, lectures, tours, and children’s camps offer opportunities to learn about environmental issues, natural history, gardening, and more.


Inquiry-based education is at the heart of our preK-12 programs, where students are actively engaged in hands-on explorations and research-driven field investigations. Our programs align with Virginia & National Science Standards as well as with other subjects.


Field-based ecological research is at the heart of Blandy Experimental Farm’s mission. Current University-level research involves plant pollination studies, plant-animal interactions, defoliation caused by the destructive gypsy moth, and the effects of in-breeding on plants.

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Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0