Basic Botany
For Gardeners and Naturalists
Tuesday, July 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
Steve Carroll
Blandy Experimental Farm
Gardeners, naturalists, and others appreciate the beauty of plants, but how exactly do plants work? We’ll explore how plants obtain water and nutrients, make their own food, grow, and more.

Full Moon Walk
Saturday, July 28
8:30-9:30 p.m.
Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. Who knows what we might see, hear, or smell!

Cheerful Hello
Flowers of Zinnia 'Come and Cut Again' welcome Arboretum visitors in this photo taken Tuesday, July 17, near the information kiosk. Zinnias are easy-to-grow annuals that thrive in bright sun, reseeding themselves each year.
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.

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