The Foundation of the State Arboretum hosts many regularly scheduled events at Blandy, including large annual events such as Garden Fair (Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11 & 12, 2019) and Nature Nurtures (Sept. 14, 2019). 

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.

Mother's Day Weekend, May 11 & 12, 2019
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. 

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.

Sept. 14, 2019
Join us for our second Nature Nurtures event Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We'll have vendors, demonstrations, workshops, nature crafts and more. The cost is just $5 per car so bring the entire family.
This unique one-day event will feature a variety of walks, talks, and demonstrations that highlight uses of the natural world to improve and sustain a healthy quality of life. This will be a family-friendly event where children of all ages can do such things as create fairy and woodland creature houses in the “enchanted forest” and enjoy crafts that will connect them to the natural world. 

Holiday Workshops
Dec. 7 & 8, 2019
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.

Seed Exchange and Plant Swap
January 25, 2020, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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.