“The Commonwealth’s Public Garden”
University of Virginia’s Historic
BLANDY EXPERIMENTAL FARM
The State Arboretum of Virginia
The Foundation of the State Arboretum hosts many regularly scheduled events at Blandy, from monthly guided walks on the grounds March through November to large annual events such as Garden Fair (Mother’s Day Weekend) and ArborFest (Columbus Day Weekend.)
The Arboretum hosts two annual plant sales on Mother’s Day Weekend and Columbus Day Weekend.
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 Foundationa also usually offers for sale a selection of plants divided or propagated from the Arboretum collection. Garden Fair is held every Mother’s Day Weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. rain or shine both days. 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. Parking is $5 per car, but all activities are free.
Summer Concert Series
Concerts are held in the outdoor Margaret Byrd Stimpson amphitheater, a beautiful setting that offers plenty of room to bring a picnic basket and spread out a blanket (no seating is offered). In case of rain, concerts move into the library. Please check the calendar of events for dates.
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 the calendar of events or look under the “Research” heading on the main page 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 5,000 students participate in school programs every year. Programs are designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. Advance registration is required. Look under the “K-12 Programs” heading on the main page.
Held each Columbus Day Weekend, 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. Parking is $5 per car, but all activities are free.
Holiday Workshops are the longest running public program at the Arboretum, and offer expert instruction in the design and creation of your own holiday decorations. Workshops include traditional wreath classes, specialty workshops, wreath classes for children, and more. Check the calendar of events for information, or contact Jean Davis at 540-837-1758 Ext. 0.