Plant ID Field Trip to Blandy Experimental Farm

Our Master Gardener class recently took a plant-ID field trip to Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia. The field trip was lead by Mary Stickley-Godinez of Countryside Nurseries.

If you haven’t been, you need to add it to your “things to do” list. It is a beautiful place, and that’s with only one wildflower (that I saw) blooming! Tim has promised to take me back as spring moves ahead, and I hope to spend a lot of time there over the years.

This time of year the evergreens take center stage, and their diversity is awe inspiring! I’ve included a few pictures of some of the more interesting (to me) features of the trees and plants we identified, but they don’t do the place justice. As the flowers bloom, pack up the car and head out for a picnic. You’ll be glad you did.

sweet gum wings

sweet gum wings


prickly pear cactus

prickly pear cactus

japanese cedar

japanese cedar

carnelian dogwood blooms

carnelian dogwood blooms

chinese fir

chinese fir

chinese juniper

chinese juniper

contorted hazelnut catkins

contorted hazelnut catkins

cypress cones

cypress cones

bloodroot

bloodroot

red twig dogwood

red twig dogwood

arborvitae trunk

arborvitae trunk

american boxwood buds

american boxwood buds

juniper berries

juniper berries

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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