OOOh baby, it’s hot outside! What to do this time of year? Take a road trip up to the Winchester area and spend a day at the State Arboretum. I just did, and it’s FASCINATING! A shady breeze amongst mature trees, and the wonder of these giants means that you could visit NOW and love it! I recommend adding this destination to your to-do list. This summer or fall… Did you know that Ginkgos are prized for their deep saffron yellow autumn foliage? KathyN
“The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now 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… ” More at http://blandy.virginia.edu/arboretum/
- Boxwood: 162 kinds
- A 300-tree ginkgo grove
- A 36-tree Cedar of Lebanon allee
Blandy is located about 1.5 miles east of the Waterloo intersection of Route 340 and Route 50/17 near Boyce, VA. Blandy is approximately 15 minutes from Winchester, two hours from Charlottesville and one and a half hours from Washington D.C. The main entrance is located on Route 50/17 and the address is 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620
Click here to get driving directions from your address to Blandy Experimental Farm.
A screen shot from their website @ http://blandy.virginia.edu/arboretum/ :