2024 Garden Fair at Blandy Experimental Farm (Boyce, VA)

The Garden Fair is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Foundation of the State Arboretum, the nonprofit that supports Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum’s varied collections and public education programs. Join more than 50 vendors and thousands of other plant and nature enthusiasts from across Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Loudoun Counties and far beyond, up to a 300-mile radius attend this fun event each year to purchase the best selection of native plants, annuals, perennials. herbs, trees, shrubs, garden tools and related items. Food, music, kid’s tent and educational opportunities. Event held rain or shine. Advance tickets are good for both days!

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Lifelong Learning: BTS Tour: River Farm in Alexandria, VA (Member Exclusive)

Delve deeper into the northern-most of George Washington’s five properties in this behind-the-scenes tour of River Farm, the American Horticultural Society Headquarters.

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Bees: Foragers in Woody Habitat (Hockessin, DE)

Pollinators in the woods? Explore the many ways wild bees nest and forage in woody habitats. Most native bees are solitary and have long evolutionary relationships with our beloved wildflowers and provide important pollination services which ensure the stability of many of our favorite fruits, nuts, and vegetables. In the northeastern US, up to 1/3 of our wild bee species prefer and rely on forest habitats. Some are specialized to only collect pollen and nectar from spring ephemerals on the forest floor, while others nest in rotting logs and in leaf litter deep in the woods.

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Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers (Hockessin, DE)

Learn why flowers look and behave the way they do, why certain plants are placed in certain families, how flowers attract pollinators, and how pollination works. Teri Dunn Chase regales with amazing and entertaining stories from the era of plant hunters. Savor breathtaking photographs by Robert Llewellyn as Teri explains his “image-stacking” technique.

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Gardening with Nature in Mind (Hockessin, DE)

Eco-friendly gardening works with nature, not against it. Learn how to simplify your gardening tasks, maximize your soil’s potential, and reduce water usage while supporting pollinators and local wildlife. Save time, energy, and resources using native plants to create beautiful, environmentally sound landscaping.

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Keystone Species for Pollinator Gardens (Hockessin, DE)

Do you want to bring more butterflies, birds, and bees into your garden? Find out which plants will give you the most bang for your buck. Bring a list of your favorites to the nursery this spring and create the ultimate pollinator-friendly garden.

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Gardening for Year-Round Interest (Hockessin, DE)

Native plants fit beautifully into the landscape because they are already adapted to our local growing conditions. Learn about a variety of wildflowers, shrubs, trees and vines that are ideal for home gardens and provide color, texture, ecological services and seasonal interest all year long.

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Colonial Williamsburg 77th Annual Garden Symposium: Roots of the American Garden (Williamsburg, VA + Virtual)

Colonial Williamsburg’s talented landscape staff strives to nurture the relationship between historical practice and the needs of the contemporary environment, just as our interpretive staff work to bring the past to life in ways both accessible and relevant to a modern audience. This year’s symposium presentations and speakers explore diverse topics and perspectives as we examine how historical gardening methods can both challenge and inspire us to bring about a more sustainable future. From edible gardening to landscape architecture and design, Colonial Williamsburg’s 77th Annual Garden Symposium digs deeper into the Roots of the American Garden.

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Herbs Galore Plant Sale (Richmond, VA)

Find everything you need to spice up your garden at Richmond’s favorite plant sale, Herbs Galore! Bring a roomy wagon to carry home the bounty of herbs, annuals, perennials, vegetables, and even trees, plus garden accessories and garden-inspired goodies from dozens of nurseries and specialty vendors. Enjoy a day spread out on the Carriage House Lawn, browsing the wares of nearly 80 vendors for rare or popular plants and unique gift items.

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