Blandy Farm celebrates changing Ginkgo Grove

Photo by Janet Michael

The State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Farm is celebrating GinkgoFest tonight from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Their 3.3 acre collection of 300 trees is the largest grove in the United States and currently in its most vivid golden color.

There will also be live music, food and drinks, Plein Air Art in the Grove, and staff on hand to educate about the history and growth of Ginkgos.

The lighting will be perfect during this time for photography but bring a flashlight for your walk back.

They will also have shuttles from the parking lot to near the Ginkgo Grove .

The trees emit a stinky fruit so it’s recommended to wear plastic coverings over your shoes to not bring the smell home.

Tickets are available here but visitor’s are still welcome during Blandy’s regular public hours.

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20th Anniversary Butterfly Run for BRH

Blue Ridge Hospice is hosting the 20th Anniversary Butterfly 5k Run and Walk to Honor Your Heroes today starting at 9 am at Blandy Experimental Farm.

This celebration for 20 years of supporting Hospice will have more than just the run, there will also be a free yoga class, kids activities and vendors with fall themed items like apple butter and pumpkins.

Race day registration is available and there is an option to participate virtually up until October 23.

To access the virtual log, click here.

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Blandy Farm’s 32nd Annual Garden Fair

The 32nd Annual Garden Fair hosted by Blandy Experimental Farm is back for Mother’s Day weekend.

This year’s event is held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds from 9 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

This plant sale will everything you can imagine from unique plants and trees to gardening accessories as well as experts to provide tips on how to help your plants flourish.

The event will also feature live music and food trucks.

Entry costs $10 per car load with proceeds going to the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm.

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11th Annual Tails on Trails

Photo by Janet Michael

The 11th Annual Tails on Trails 5k and 10k is today at Blandy Experimental Farm.

The walk or run is in support of the National Humane Education Society’s Spay Today program which provides nearly 4000 spay or neuter procedures each year at a reduced cost.

Participants can bring their dog along for the USATF certified 5k course that runs through the State Arboretum.

Check in and race day registration begins at 10 am with an 11 am start time.

For more information or to register, head to

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Blandy Farm’s garden fair is back

Photo by Janet Michael

Blandy Experimental farm’s 31st annual garden fair is back this weekend, but in a new location to provide more space.

The Clarke County Fairgrounds will host the event today and tomorrow May 8 and 9 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The garden fair offers one of the largest selections of plants with vendors from all across the region.

Food vendors will also be open at the fairgrounds.

The event is only $15 a car load and is the biggest yearly fundraiser for the arboretum.

For more information, including a full list of vendors, visit

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