State Arboretum of Virginia (Orland E. White Arboretum)

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United States of America - Virginia - Boyce

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the State Arboretum of Virginia (Orland E. White Arboretum)

The purpose of Blandy Experimental Farm is to increase understanding of the natural environment through research and education.

Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Blandy Experimental Farm is also the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, displaying more than 8,000 trees and woody shrubs. The collections include nearly half the world’s pine species, the Virginia Native Plant Trail, the Boxwood Memorial Garden, a spectacular grove of more than 300 ginkgo trees, an herb garden featuring culinary, medicinal and ornamental herbs, and much more.

Main Address:
State Arboretum of Virginia (Orland E. White Arboretum)
Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Virginia 22620 United States of America

Telephone: (540) 837-1758 x 0
Fax: (540) 837-1523
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: David Carr, Director & Research Associate Professor
    Curator's Name: T'ai Roulston, Curator & Research Associate Professor
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Kim Strader, Assistant Curator, Native Plant Trail

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 283 Hectares
    Latitude: 39.0667940
    Longitude: -78.0625400
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Orland E. White Arboretum

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 70
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 7709
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2406
  • Special Collections:The collection was established in the 1930s as a research collection and comprises worldwide collections of various groups, particularly the conifers (220 taxa), boxwoods (161 taxa), maples (39 taxa), and oaks (36 taxa).

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

  • Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes