Ginkgo: The Tree That
Time Forgot
Thursday, Aug. 6
6 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception
7 p.m. Program
Peter Crane, Yale University

Author and former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Peter Crane will discuss the fascinating history of the ginkgo tree. Known as a "living fossil," ginkgos have remained essentially unchanged for more than 200 million years.

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We Are Part of the

Ghost Story
Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora), also known as Ghost Plant or Corpse Plant, are unusual because they do not contain chlorophyll, which accounts for their ghostly white appearance. They are perennial wildflowers and get their nutrients from tree roots and fungus. This photo was taken in the southern portion of the Arboretum near Wilkins Lane Loop Drive.

Programs & Events

Friday, July 31
Full Moon Walk
8:00pm - 9:00pm  details

Tuesday, August 4
A Morning Walk at Blandy
9:00am - 10:00am  details

Thursday, August 6
Ginkgo: The Tree That
Time Forgot
6:00pm - 8:00pm  details

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