Flora of Virginia Events

The publication of the Flora of Virginia in 2012 was a monumental event that provided the first comprehensive guide to Virginia’s plants since the 1700s. Covering 3,164 species, this book (and now the app!) has become an invaluable reference for botanically-minded residents. The Massey Herbarium thinks it is time to celebrate this effort!

Most events are free! Campus parking can be free with a stop at the VT Visitor Center.

Download the schedule in PDF format!

History of Virginia's Flora

  • Massey Herbarium (MAP)

  • Panel display describing the history of botanical discovery in Virginia from European colonization through the present day, with focus on the original and new floras of Virginia.

  • 5 February-16 March

Flora Virginica Display

Botanical Bricks Contest

  • Free entry online or at our contest station at the Christiansburg Library

  • Build a botanical brick creation or draw or photograph a botanical brick scene! There are multiple age categories (preK-5th grade and 6th-12th grade), with Lego sets as prizes for the first, second, and third place winners in each category. 

  • Enter by 1 March on the contest page!

  • Download the contest advertisement.

Botany discovery Station

  • Christiansburg Library (MAP)

  • Learn about botany and plant collecting by exploring an array of hands-on objects. See what plant collecting equipment looks like, hold a museum specimen, and try posing with them in the Specimen Selfie Frame! Kids can also enter the Botanical Bricks Contest here.

  • 1-28 February

Botany day 

  • SEEDS-Blacksburg Nature Center (MAP)

  • Curator Jordan will teach about plants and museums with hands-on activities like making mini-museum specimens, native plant coloring sheets, and spinning the prize wheel!

  • Sat., 10 February, 9:00am-1:00pm

Botany day with STEM club

  • Christiansburg Library STEM Club (MAP)

  • Curator Jordan will teach about plants and museums with hands-on activities like making mini-museum specimens, native plant coloring sheets, and spinning the prize wheel!

  • Mon., 12 February, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Winter tree id walk

  • Stadium Woods (gather by the flagpole on hill behind the Washington St. tennis courts)

  • Led by VT Professor of Forest Biology John Seiler

  • Sat., 3 March, 10:00am-12:00pm

Botanical Illustration Seminar*

Botanical Illustration workshop*

*these events have a registration fee



Flora of Virginia exhibit banner and advertisement design by Rebecca Hawkins.