Blandy Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
The Blandy Experimental Farm faculty and staff commit to making Blandy Experimental Farm a welcoming and supportive environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or any other grouping that has historically disadvantaged people. Read more. 

Nature Nurtures is this Saturday! 
Loving All of Nature's Culinary Gifts
Neal Wavra
11-11:45 a.m.
Chef and owner of Field & Main Restaurant Neal Wavra will present two delicious dishes that showcase the good of the Earth through the glorious -- and often misunderstood -- beet. Neal will offer suggestions for how to use the whole beet, including the root, stem, and leaves, in the hopes that the beet may become the star ingredient of your next dinner. Sponsored in part by Nature Composed.

Can a Garden Have Everything?
Cole Burrell
1 - 1:45 p.m.
Internationally known garden designer, author, and native plant advocate Colston Burrell will lead you on a wonderful tour of his personal garden. Cole promises to discuss native plants and ecology in “Can a Garden Have Everything?”  Sponsored in part by the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Resilience in Autumn, Thanks to Nature
Corey McDonald
3 - 3:45 p.m.
Corey McDonald is an herbalist and owner of Red Root & Co., a maker of small-batch culinary, beverage, health, and wellness products. Join us to discover more about plant remedies growing around us this autumn and learn how to support the body with herbs and lifestyle as we transition into the cooler months.

A 3-Part Series Celebrating 
the Goodness of the Earth
 A Zoom Virtual Event
Saturday, Oct. 24 
11 a.m. | 1 p.m. | 3 p.m. 
Registration Required
Sessions will be recorded and available
to registrants after the event.

Are We There Yet?
The Ginkgo Grove is just beginning to show fall color, about 20-30 percent of peak. We are estimating that it will be about another week until the peak. This photo was taken Monday, Oct. 19. We will post weekly photos here and on our Facebook page to keep you updated.

Programs & Events
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Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

The 172 acre State Arboretum of Virginia was established in 1928. 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