Sunday, April 27: In response to Marianne’s challenge to take One Trip EVERY Month, today we drive nearly an hour west to the State Arboretum of Virginia. I’m tickled to find such a marvelous escape so close to my house. And I’m even more surprised that in the 26 years I’ve lived in northern Virginia, I’ve never even heard of this place.
In the tradition of Jo’s Monday Walk, we walk all around the beautiful grounds, where we find spring bursting forth in all its exuberant glory.
The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world.
Blandy Experimental Farm covers more than 700 gently rolling acres of meadows, woodlands, shrub thickets, and plantings. Blandy is owned by the University of Virginia and is open free to the public from dawn to dusk every day. It’s a great place for walking, with miles of trails through a beautiful landscape.
After leaving, we take a one minute drive through Paris, Virginia, a speck of a town where some old friends of mine spent their honeymoon so they could tell people they had their honeymoon in Paris.