Education and Special Events at the Garden

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!

Be sure to pick up a Visitor's Permit from Parking Services or the VT Visitor's Center if attending an event in the garden during weekday business hours (M-F, 8-5). Faculty and staff can only park in F/S spaces (limited).

Save the date! Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Announcing the 13th annual Garden Gala at the Hahn!

It is THE best garden party in Virginia and we want to invite you to join us. The Gala starts at 5:30 and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Our Gala is an evening of food, friends, and flora, and it will entertain you with two exciting auctions.

More information

Thursday, July 20, 2017   9am to 11am
tour of the Hale-YMCA Community Garden with Jenny Schwanke Garden Coordinator.

The Hale YMCA Community Garden hosts 70 families from about 13 countries growing food using sustainable organic practices.  Monthly potlucks and gardening classes along with lots of volunteering by Virginia Tech students and community members makes for a vibrant garden community.

Free! You can meet at the Hale YMCA Community Garden, or we will also have a van meeting at the Hahn Garden to drive over. Please contact Stephanie if you plan to attend – or 540-231-5970.

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.

  • Wednesday June 21, 2017 12:00-1:00 p.m. Arboretum of Utility-Friendly Trees at Hahn Horticulture Garden with Dr. Eric Wiseman, Associate Professor of Urban Forestry
    Eric will lead a tour of the Arboretum of Utility-Friendly Trees . This arboretum is one of five arboreta located around the state that aim to educate the public about proper tree selection around overhead utility lines. The idea for these arboreta came about in the late 1990s when Dr. Bonnie Appleton (deceased horticulture professor at Virginia Tech) partnered with utility companies and municipalities to address the ill-advised planting of oaks, pines, and maples underneath power lines by citizens. The arboreta feature an assortment of native and non-native trees that mature at a short height, tolerate tough growing environments, and are easy to plant and maintain. The arboretum located in the Hahn Horticulture Garden started with 8 trees in 2005 and has steadily grown to over 50 specimens, all planted by Virginia Tech students. Information about the arboretum and its trees can be found on Plants Map at:

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: Fiber Art with Gibby Waitzkin. More information.

Announcement: Simply Elemental Artist Proposals deadline is May 15, 2017 Learn more

The Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H are offering a fun youth program this spring called Make It With Plants! Lessons and activities will all involve making something with plants. It maybe be something crafty or culinary. Plants are super important and there are SO many uses for them! Classes will be led by trained volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 or more adults for each class). Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide space for club meetings and activities.

Ages: Open to all county youth (4-H and non 4-H members) in grades 6-8

Dates and time: Club meetings are Wednesdays 4pm to 6pm, from March 1 through May 3, 2017

Location: Hahn Horticulture Garden and Pavilion, Virginia Tech Campus

Cost: $50 per child - This fee covers all supplies Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Virginia Tech”. If financial assistance is needed, we can work with you on payment options. Please contact us for more information or to request a financial assistance application (contact information listed below).

Register: To register, contact Margarita Palomino at If you do not have internet or e-mail access, please call our office at 382-5790. Registration deadline is Friday, February 22, 2017. Maximum of 16 children, minimum of 8.

Questions?: Contact Michelle Dickerson (382-5790, or Stephanie Huckestein (231-5970,

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.

Suggested donation: $5-10 a class

All are welcome- including beginners! For more information, email or visit 

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Hahn Horticulture Garden and Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Stephanie Huckestein, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at (540) 231-5970 during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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