Fall Pruning 
and Tree Care
Thursday, Sept. 29
1-3 p.m.
Scott Johnston
Johnston Tree Care
Workshop begins with an introduction to proper pruning and tree care. We then move outside for demonstrations and hands-on practice, with plenty of time for Q and A. Dress for the weather.
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Sea of Gold
An ailanthus webworm moth sips nectar from 
goldenrod (Solidago spp.) flowers in this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 21, in an Arboretum meadow. Often mistakenly thought to cause hay fever, goldenrod pollen is heavy and sticky and is spread by insects, not wind. Goldenrod contains a natural rubber, and inventor Thomas Edison experimented with making rubber from the plant to avert wartime shortages during World War II. 

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Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

The 172 acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. 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: Blandy@virginia.edu
Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0