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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Entrance Sign At Boxerwood

You might note a change at the entrance to Boxerwood as you drive by on Ross Road this week. Through the efforts of one of our dedicated volunteers, we now have a new entrance sign that spells out our site's true name.

Boxerwood has gone by several names through the years, and when originally opened to the public was known as "Boxerwood Gardens."  This is what our entrance sign up until today still read.  Through the years our role has evolved and expanded.  This new sign is now more accurate and will hopefully prove less confusing for the visiting public.

New Boxerwood Entrance Sign

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter In The Garden

Even though it is winter here at Boxerwood, the recent snows are gone and you never know what you might see.

Taken outside the Munger Lodge on February 24, 2014

Construction Begins On New Outdoor Classroom

The materials are in and work has begun on the new Outdoor Classroom at Boxerwood. This replaces the old pipe frame "NEWTS TENT" that was along the entrance drive across from the barn.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Boxerwood Partners With Community Foundation

CFBRA Opens Boxerwood Education Fund

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany has recently opened the Boxerwood Education Fund to aid in the future financial stability of this important resource in our community. The establishment of this Fund was made possible by a match challenge gift from a private anonymous donor.  Members of Boxerwood then met that challenge through their generous support of this project.  “We are excited to have the opportunity to provide funds for the BEA mission and help them do good work in the community” said Lori Keckler, Executive Director. 

Boxerwood - a Nature Center and Woodland Garden located in Lexington, Virginia - is the legacy of Robert S. Munger (1911-1988). It is situated in a rolling Virginia valley nestled between the Allegany and Appalachian Mountains. The site contains habitats ranging from wetlands to forests to meadows and fifteen acres of mature, naturalistically planted trees and shrubs, featuring both native and unusual plant specimens.

Boxerwood provides robust environmental learning that is made available to every student in Rockbridge County’s three school systems from pre-school through middle school.  Each semester more than 2,000 students benefit from Boxerwood programs which afford them the opportunity to connect their classroom learning to the real world.

BEA Board Member Joe DiNardo is enthusiastic about this new partnership with the Community Foundation.  “Boxerwood is not only an organization that teaches both young and old about how to care for our world, it is a place to go where one can see, touch, enjoy and understand why it is important to do so ... Truly a unique place to experience and to be part of.  This new fund will be instrumental in keeping Boxerwood’s role in our community a reality.”

The Boxerwood Education Association (BEA) is the non-profit organization founded in 2000, which oversees Boxerwood programs in line with their mission "to educate and inspire people of all ages to be successful and environmentally responsible stewards of the earth”.

To learn more about the Boxerwood Education Fund contact Lori Keckler (Executive Director) or call 540-463-0943.  To give to this fund please visit and use the PayPal link or email check to: CFRBA PO Box 20 Lexington, VA 24450.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Boxerwood Now a Member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators

The Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden has renewed its membership to the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA).  What this means to the members of Boxerwood is that they can now participate in the ANCA Reciprocal Program that allows for discounts and in some instances free admission to nature centers around the country.

This member benefit is similar to that already afforded our members through the American Horticultural Society program providing discounts at gardens throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Just another way to benefit from your membership to Boxerwood.

You can learn more about these opportunities by visiting these links:

Association of Nature Center Administrators

American Horticultural Society