Arboretum Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 2
2-3:30 p.m.
Explore the Arboretum’s gardens and collections in the fall season. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. We will walk approximately 1 1/2 miles over gently rolling terrain.

Mindfulness in Nature: 
Guided Walking Meditation
Monday, October 15
5:30-7 p.m.
Shell Fischer
Mindful Shenandoah Valley
Learn to slow down and draw on nature through guided meditation, silent walking, and personal reflection. Dress for the weather; for those 16 and older. We will walk approximately 1/2 mile.

Big Bird and Friends
A Great Egret searches for frogs and other small aquatic creatures during a light rain in this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 13, in Lake Arnold. Abundant rainfall this summer has been a boon to wetland wildlife at Blandy, including the turtles seen in the background. The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society. They can stand up to three feet tall with a wingspan of more than five feet.
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