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 4:30 p.m. rain or shine. In addition to the plant sale, free events include Arboretum tours, bird walks, mini-workshops, and children’s nature walks and other activities for kids.
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Summer Research Seminar Series
Summer research seminars bring science to the public by offering topics of interest to students, teachers, and scientists as well as the general public. Seminars are held Wednesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. and are followed by a very casual potluck dinner; bring a dish and stay for dinner. Check here for dates and topics.
Summer Nature Camp
Blandy Summer Nature Camp offers daily activities for the youngest naturalists, with programs designed to inspire interest in the natural world with age-appropriate activities. Nature Camp requires advance registration; fees apply, but limited tuition assistance is available. Please contact us for more information.
School Field Trips
School programs are an important part of Blandy’s mission to educate the public about the natural world, and more than 6,000 students participate in school programs every year. Programs are designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. Advance registration is required.
Second Weekend in October
Held the second weekend of October, ArborFest is the Arboretum’s fall festival and plant sale. Hours are 9 to 4:30 both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. In addition to a selection of plants divided or propagated from the Arboretum grounds, ArborFest includes a variety of plants for sale by carefully selected high-quality vendors. Activities include scarecrow making and nature walks for kids as well as guided Arboretum walks, bird walks, and hay rides.
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