Celebrate autumn in the Arboretum at ArborFest, the State Arboretum of Virginia’s annual fall festival and plant sale, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 13 & 14, 2012. ArborFest features a select group of high-quality vendors offering small trees, fall perennials, and Virginia native plants, as well as a wide variety of other fall landscape plants and fine items for the home and garden.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14
Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., rain or shine
Where: Blandy Experimental Farm
Cost: $10 per car
Public Contact: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0
ArborFest visitors can enjoy an Arboretum tour on foot or on a hay ride, and kids can make their own scarecrow and birdfeeder ($5 per child). Visitors can also check out live alpacas and new this year, Storytime in the Arboretum will feature a reading of “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.
Shade Tree Farm will demonstrate their huge tree spade both Saturday and Sunday, relocating a large pine tree from a nursery area on the Arboretum grounds to a permanent spot along the property’s perimeter. Visitors can follow the action on a special hay ride as workers from Shade Tree Farm relocate the tree.
The Arboretum will accept plastic pots for recycling or exchange throughout the weekend, and Arboretum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions from plant selection to fall pruning.
Artwork by members of the Blandy Sketch Group will be on display and available for purchase throughout ArborFest, and a reception is planned Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.
FiddleFest will kick off ArborFest weekend with a concert from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Arboretum’s outdoor amphitheater. Linda Lay and Springfield Exit will perform bluegrass music, and Mr. B’s Bar-B-Q will provide dinner. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for anyone under 12; after Oct. 5 the price rises to $25 for adults. FiddleFest is sponsored by Bank of Clarke County.
ArborFest is hosted by the Foundation of the State Arboretum, and is underwritten by Bartlett Tree Experts, with support from event sponsors Valley Health, Shade Tree Farm, Nancy Sanders Video Production, Sara Festivals, radio station Q102, and Nibblins. Most activities are FREE (although donations are appreciated). Admission to ArborFest is $10 per car, so bring the whole family and a friend or two and enjoy autumn in your State Arboretum of Virginia.
The State Arboretum of Virginia is part of historic Blandy Experimental Farm, a research field station for the University of Virginia. The Arboretum grounds are open dawn to dusk 365 days a year. Blandy Experimental Farm is on Route 50 in Clarke County, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 20 miles west of Middleburg. For more information call 540-837-1758, or visit online at http://www.blandy.virginia.edu.