Spend the morning learning about the history of the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm. Blandy serves as a research field station for the Department of Environmental Sciences and is home to the State Arboretum of Virginia. The Arboretum, also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum, occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Farm. Started in the 1930s, it contains over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. It is a reference garden for the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society and includes the American Boxwood Society’s Memorial Garden.
We will be led in discussions and tours by UVA Research Professor & Director of Blandy Farm David Carr; Arborist, Christine Schmidt; Associate Director & Research Associate Professor Kyle Haynes; Curator & Research Associate Professor T’ai Roulston, and Professor of Landscape Architecture Nancy Takahashi. During this exploratory morning, you will discuss the history of Blandy Experimental Farm and how it became home to UVA. While taking a guided tour of the arboretum, you will have the opportunity to peek inside its laboratories, meet summer researchers, discover historic buildings, and learn about notable trees and plants. If you are interested in Virginia botany, enjoy beautiful landscapes and gardens, and are curious about the history behind a vibrant research community, register for this program at Blandy Experimental Farm.
This event is free. Space is limited. Registrations required.
Bottles of water will be available. After this morning program concludes, enjoy lunch on your own at a nearby eatery.
We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen.