Summer 2011

Newsletter of the State Arboretum of VirginiaSummer 2011

FOSA Annual Meeting and Member Picnic is June 25


Join us for FOSA's Annual Meeting and Member Picnic on Saturday, June 25 from 3 to 7 p.m.


George Ohrstrom II, founder of the Downstream Project, will provide an overview and update of this local clean-water initiative. 


A Membership Picnic will follow the presentation. We'll provide burgers, hot dogs and live music. BYOB, chairs and/or blankets.   


This event is FREE to members, with a $5 per person charge for non-members.  There's even something for children and young at heart:  We'll be building fairy houses under the trees.  Please RSVP by June 17 to 540-837-1758 x 0 or



Welcome New FOSA Members


Ms. Laura Abraham

Front Royal 


Mr. & Mrs. Frank Armstrong IV Winchester


Mrs. Meg Asaro Stephens City


Mr. Bob Baldwin

Falls Church


Mr. & Mrs. Randy & Anita Barrett


Jill Beach, Waterford


Michon Bechamp Winchester


Barbara Berge



Read more.

Garden Fair 2011
Garden Fair a Huge Success 
Garden Fair 2011 may go down as the best-attended event ever. Crowds of shoppers filled the event field both days, and our parking field has never seen more cars. Everyone agreed the event was a tremendous success. 

A New Era Begins at UVa

President SullivanOn April 15, 2011 Teresa Sullivan was inaugurated as the 8th President of the University of Virginia.  She succeeds President John Casteen, who was a strong supporter of Blandy and the State Arboretum during his 20 year tenure.  President Sullivan entered her new position with a call for improvement at the University in sciences, and Blandy will aspire to these higher expectations.  She will be making her first visit to Blandy on June 11. Read more.

Testing the waters

The Sixth Grade Invasion

900+ 6th Graders Visit Blandy 

This spring, the Blandy Education Department partnered with Frederick County Public Schools to provide a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience for all 990 of their 6th grade students. Through five hands-on, field investigations at the Arboretum, students experienced enriching, educational, and engaging lessons focused on watershed quality, health, and impacts of human activities. Read more. 


Summer is Time for Blandy Nature Campsummer camp

Do You Have Your Reservations ?

The approach of summer means many things at Blandy, including the start of another session of nature camp. The month of July will find kids in grades 1-8 examining, collecting, sorting, and measuring their way across the Blandy landscape. Read more. 

Summer Public Programs Stink!

StinkbugOr perhaps it's better to say they will include a program about awful smells, as we will be treated to a July 21st presentation on the notorious marmorated stinkbug.  Given their widespread presence, chances are there will even be some stinkbugs in attendance! Read more.


Volunteers from Kohl's Distribution Center help out in the Community Garden.


Community Garden Grows

With Help From Our Friends

Thanks to support from area businesses, we have tripled the size of Blandy's community garden to accommodate more families, groups, and nonprofits.  With the season under way, the garden is busier than ever.  By the time all is planted, more than 25 garden plots will be converting carbon dioxide, water, and nutrients to tomatoes, peppers, and who knows what else. Read more.

Summer Concert Series Kicks Off July 9

Music The Blandy Summer Concert Series will begin July 9 with a performance by The Free Range Chick Band. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the outdoor Margaret Byrd Stimpson Amphitheater. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 2-12, with anyone under 2 or over 100 admitted free. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket or lawn chairs; the amphitheater offers plenty of room to relax but no seating is provided. In case of rain concerts move inside the library. Concerts are sponsored by The Shockey Companies. Full schedule here.


Summer Brings Lyme Disease Danger

Lyme disease


Virginia has seen a steady increase in the annual number of newly identified Lyme disease cases and other tick-borne infections since 2000. This increase is likely to be due to multiple factors, including increased diagnosis and reporting. In 2007, Lyme disease increased dramatically and has remained high. From 2009 to 2010, there was a 37% increase. The recent increase in Lyme disease has coincided with a progressive geographic spread of activity southward and westward from northern regions of the Commonwealth as part of an overall expansion in the eastern United States. Read more.

Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia

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