Fly By Night Creatures
With Bats, Owls & Swifts
Friday, July 25, 7-9 p.m.
Co-Hosted by
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
We'll have live animals to view from BRWC in this family-friendly program. We'll end with a night walk in search of these amazing creatures of the night. Register and pay online at

Seek and Find
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find in the meadow now!
Bee Balm (Monarda)

Calling All Pollinators
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline') blooms in the Pollination Garden in this photo taken Friday, June 27. Bee balm attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and was used by Native Americans as an antiseptic. The plant's essential oil is a natural source of thymol, the active ingredient in some mouthwash formulas.

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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, deforestation caused by the destructive gypsy moth, and the effects of in-breeding on plants.

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Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0