November 8, 2017

Blandy in Red, Green, and Yellow

On Friday we were in Winchester and we stopped at the State Arboretum on the way home. It's also known as Blandy Experimental Farm and it's on Route 50 near Boyce, VA. I usually make a couple of visits there in autumn to check out the foliage.

If you drive through on Wilkins Loop Road, you may see some people riding horses. If you make a left as you reach the last section of the loop, you can visit the ginkgo grove.

I've posted pictures of the ginkgo trees before. There are over 300 of them at Blandy, originally planted in the 1920s. The ginkgo is an ancient species that only grows wild in China.

This grove is a favorite place for local photographers to visit in the fall, and we've seen people doing portrait sessions here.

On the day we were there, the notorious fruits of the tree were putting off their strange smell. Many places only plant male trees in order to avoid having these fruits.

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  1. Fascinating about the ginkgo trees, I learned something new today. Gorgeous photos. Is that your husband? He has a lovely smile. And the children running through the trees, so cute. We will be passing by the arboretum today. Not sure we will have time to pop in but at least I have seen your photos. Those trees are really something in their Fall finery. Thanks Linda :)

  2. Linda,

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up. These are fabulous photos of the fall foliage. The picture I love best is the second one of the little girl in the red dress. The beautiful yellow leaves and her dress just pop! :)

  3. The young lady in red adds a special touch to all.What a nice area to visit.

  4. Great autumnal colors in these shots. Ginkgo trees are a favorite of mine!

  5. I've seen the odd ginkgo tree here as well. Very pretty shots!

  6. Looks like it was a perfect fall day. Beautiful photos!

  7. I do love arboretum's and often visit them her in Minnesota and Iowa to get landscaping ideas....;)


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