There's always something going on at the Hahn!
Fabulous speakers, seminars, symposia, hands-on workshops, free garden walks, plant sales, and other events happen throughout the year - check back frequently for the latest!
We will have Visitor Parking Permits available to those attending our programs. Faculty and staff must parking in F/S spaces.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees: The Phenological Impacts of Climate Change
with Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Climate and Earth Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia
Co-sponsored by Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
The human fingerprint on our planet’s changing climate can now be seen on individual extreme weather events, such as the extremely warm US temperatures during February 2017 – which in turn led to some of the earliest springtime phenological events on record. However, public conversations about and understanding of climate change tend to focus on far-off impacts like changing sea-levels and Arctic sea ice coverage – events that are generally perceived to be non-threatening to daily American life. What are the tools we can leverage to tell the story of local climate change and its impacts on our visitors’ health, recreation, and daily lives? Here, I’ll share some tactics that have been shown to increase the positive impact of climate change communication for different types of audiences, ranging from “K to Grey.”.
Please register by Monday, January 22 at 5 pm, by contacting Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-5970
Location TBD (depends on number of registrants)
$10 Friends of the Garden members/ $15 general public
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 —8:00 pm
Seed Starting Workshop
with Dr. Holly Scoggins from the Department of Horticulture
Join us for an info-packed seminar on how to get the most out of your vegetable and flower seeds. Holly will cover seed saving and storage, strategies to enhance germination, and care of seedlings. Bonus: take home seeds and other goodies to get started! Holly is an Associate Professor, teaches courses in the Dept. of Horticulture.
Please pre-register by Monday, February 12 at 5 pm; attendance limited to 25. To register, contact Stephanie at email@example.com or 540-231-5970.
$20 Friends of the Garden members/ $30 general public.
Saturday, March 3, 10:00-11:30am
Plant to Preserve with garden writer Barbara Pleasant
Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking your own homegrown pantry, from the ground up. Start by choosing easy-to-grow crops that store themselves, and then learn simple ways to preserve vegetables and fruits so they are welcome in the winter kitchen. Mother Earth News contributing editor Barbara Pleasant, award-winning author of Homegrown Pantry, will share dozens of tips and ideas to help you eat from your garden year-round.
Copies of Barbara’s newest book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener's Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, will be available for sale and signing.
Please pre-register by Monday, February 28 at 5 pm. To register, contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-5970.
$10 Friends of the Garden members/$15 General public.
Thursday, March 15, 10:00-11:30 am & 12:30-2:30 pm
Workshop with Lara Call Gastinger, the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project.
In conjunction with an exhibit of the Flora of Virginia sponsored by the Massey Herbarium, the Hahn Horticulture Garden will host botanical artist, Lara Call Gastinger, for two events.
Lara was the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project, the first formal update to the state’s flora since 1762. Lara has her master’s degree in Plant Ecology from Virginia Tech and was awarded a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society garden show in London. Her work has been in several national and international traveling exhibits and catalogs. Her painting, “Winter collection, Winged sumac and Queen Anne’s lace”, was accepted into the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University.
10:00-11:30 am Lecture/demo on Botanical Illustrations and Art location TBD
Botanical artist, Lara Call Gastinger, will seek to inspire you with her presentation of her field journals, her illustrations for the Flora of Virginia and her recent botanical watercolor paintings. We will examine how she illustrated the plants for the Flora of Virginia and has combined science and art in her profession as a botanical artist.
Please register by March 5, 2018. To register, contact Stephanie at email@example.com or 540-231-5970. $15 general public/$10 Friends of the Garden/Free for Students.
12:30-2:30pm Pen Workshop at the Hahn Pavilion
Join Lara Call Gastinger in learning pen illustration techniques to observe, draw and properly document a plant specimen. This two hour workshop is open to all levels and supplies will be provided.
Please register by March 5, 2018. To register, contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-5970. $55 general public/$45 Friends of the Garden.
All from noon to 1:00 p.m. on selected Wednesdays as noted. All talks meet at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. No charge! Parking pass required for our visitor lot. Check our website for additional Learn at Lunch talks as they’re added.
Art in the Garden features the work of local artists on display inside the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. Currently on display in the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion: Acrylic paintings by Pat West. More information.
The 2018 Simply Elemental Exhibition is now accepting Artist Applications! More information here.
Master Gardener (JMG) program. The JMG program is a fun youth gardening program modeled after the highly successful adult Master Gardener program. It offers horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes over fall and spring. Classes will be led by trained Master Gardener volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 or more adults for each class). Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide garden space for some of the gardening projects. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to become certified Junior Master Gardeners through hands-on learning, community service, and leadership projects. Youth will be encouraged to work towards JMG certification, though this is not required. Details about certification will be explained at the first meeting.
Ages: Open to all county youth (4-H and non 4-H members) in grades 3-5
Dates: Fall Dates - every Wednesday, August 23 through November 15, 2017. Spring Dates - will be announced following the fall sessions but will also be on Wednesdays
Time: Classes (fall and spring) will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hahn Horticulture Garden and Pavilion, Virginia Tech Campus
Cost: $50 per semester ($100 total) - This fee covers a JMG student handbook for each student, class supplies, and recognition items (chapter medals and final certification medal). Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Virginia Tech”. Pay only $50 for the fall classes. For all students continuing in the spring (required for certification), we will collect the second $50 prior to the first class. If financial assistance is needed, we can work with you on some different payment options. Please contact one of the JMG coordinators for more information or to request a financial assistance application (contact information listed below).
Register: To register, complete a 4-H health history form. You can download the form at: http://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/388/388-906/388-906-PDF.pdf Return the form with your payment to Stephanie Huckestein, Hahn Horticulture Garden, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Upon receipt of your registration, we will e-mail you directions and other information, so please be sure to print your home e-mail address legibly and clearly. If you do not have internet or e-mail access, please call our office at 540-231-5970. We will mail you a health history form and other information about the program. Registration deadline for the fall classes is August 16th. Registration for the spring classes will begin at the conclusion of the fall classes.
Hatha Flow, every Tuesday at 5:30 PM inside the Hahn Horticulture Pavilion. 75 minutes. Free parking after 5:00 p.m. Practice is led by the Blacksburg Yoga Collective and held indoors with a beautiful view of the gardens!
These classes are characterized by a slower yoga practice with fewer poses that are held for a longer duration. We focus on stretching the larger muscle groups by building heat through flow, and then holding hip openers, shoulder and chest openers, forward folds, as well as other poses in effort to release stress in the body and mind. Extra mats and props are available for you to borrow.