Writing in Nature
Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Christie Green
Writer & Master Naturalist

Tap into your creativity through writing that is influenced by nature. We’ll learn to bypass your inner critic to read landscapes and discover how elements in nature reflect your own experience. Grab a notebook and pen, dress for the weather, unplug from technology, and plug into nature’s flow.

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What's That Smell?
The aptly named Stinkhorn fungus (Mutinus spp.) grows in the woodland section of the Virginia Native Plant Trail in this photo taken Monday, Aug. 15. The dark patch near the tip is spore-containing slime that attracts flies, which then spread the spores to new areas.Be sure to sign up for the Oct. 4 program on mushrooms and other fungi!

Programs and Events

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