The Foundation also presents workshops, lectures, and classes designed to educate the public about topics of interest ranging from growing and using herbs to controlling invasive plants.

Seed Exchange and Plant Swap
January 25, 2020
FOSA Volunteers and Virginia Master Gardeners save, sort, and label seeds to trade or give away at the annual seed exchange. You are welcome to come with or without bringing seeds, roots, cuttings, or plants to trade. We'll also exchange garden-related books and magazines.

Mother's Day Weekend, May 9 & 10, 2020 Canceled
Garden Fair is a huge plant and garden supply sale, with dozens of vendors of high-quality plants including annuals, perennials, small trees, shrubs, boxwood, bonsai, and more. The Foundation usually sells a selection of plants divided or propagated from the Arboretum collection. Garden Fair is held every Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. In addition to the plant sale, free events include Arboretum tours, native plant walks, and activities for kids. 

Blandy Summer Solstice Twilight 5K Canceled
June 22, 2020
Lace up your running shoes and celebrate the summer solstice with this inaugural event in cooperation with the Shenandoah Valley Runners. Run with the fireflies on our certified 5K course!

Blandy Summer Nature Camp Canceled
June - July
Kids need nature and nature needs kids! Explore the natural world through observation, experimentation, and hands-on activities. Campers will work in small groups with leaders, naturalists, and Blandy’s scientists.

Nature Nurtures
Oct. 24, 2020
Join us online for our third Nature Nurtures event Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. We'll have a wonderful virtual keynote tour and discussion of native plants featuring internationally known gardener, author, and native plant advocate Colston Burrell. Cole promises to discuss native plants and ecology in “Can a Garden Have Everything?” We'll also host an exciting demonstration of regional, farm-to-table cuisine with Neal Wavra, owner and chef at Field and Main Restaurant in Marshall, and practical lessons on growing and using plants for personal health and joy with Corey McDonald of Red Root & Co.

With a live Q&A at the end of each session, you can get answers to your questions directly from the experts!


Holiday Workshops
A holiday tradition, FOSA offers wreath-making workshops the first weekend in December, every year! Create your own unique holiday wreath or unique arrangement using fresh greenery, dried flowers and seed pods, and more. Our instructors will help guide you through the steps.