Make 'n Take
Air Plant Terrarium
Saturday, Oct. 28, 10-Noon
Carrie Whitacre
Arboretum Assistant Curator
Let your creativity grow and discover the fascinating life of air plants. Design and construct your own air plant terrarium. Includes all materials (glass bubble bowl, air plants, accessories, care instructions).

Registration Required

The Aroma of Fall
Last year, a late frost prevented the ginkgoes from forming seeds. This year, you'll want to bring your boots because the fleshy covered seeds are as prolific -- and stinky -- as ever. The grove is slowly transforming to its fall golden hue, although the transition is later than some years. We anticipate the best color during the fourth week of October.

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.

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