Education and Special Events at the Hahn Horticulture 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).


Area information: Sign up now for Spring 2015 Master Gardener Training, Montgomery County. Classes are held at the Hahn Garden Pavilion.
More information here: Montgomery County VCE on Facebook

NEW! Yoga in the Garden

What better way to end the day than yoga in the garden? Join us for this series of beginner-intermediate level yoga class led by certified yoga instructor, Megan Helmer. The class will be held in the beautiful, tranquil setting of the Hahn Horticulture Garden. We will move indoors if the weather or insects do not cooperate (or the grass is too wet!).
Classes begin Tuesday September 2, 2014 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
$45 for 5 classes or $10 per class if purchased individually.

Space is limited to 12 participants - registration is required.
To register, contact Stephanie at the Hahn Horticulture Garden 540-231-5970 or vtgarden@vt.edu

 About the instructor: Megan Helmer has been teaching yoga for almost 2 years, and practicing for 7 years. She received her first certification from Yogafit which was a level 1 certification. Last December she completed her 200hr teacher training with In Balance Yoga in Vinyasa, partner yoga, restorative yoga, hot yoga, and gentle yoga.


Mark your calender for June 13, 2015 - our 11th annual gala!

10th Annual Garden Gala - was June 14, 2014 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thanks to our attendees and sponsors for helping make it a tremendous success - it was our first "sold out" Gala!


Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden new program featuring the work of local artists on display inside the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. Currently on display in the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion through December 31st: sculpture, metal work, and paintings by Darcy Meeker. Click here to learn more!


Lunchtime Learning - Free Garden Walks and Talks!

firefoxHeld on various Wednesdays (not every Wed.). All start promptly at 12:00 noon and run from 30 minutes to one hour. Meet at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. No registration required. Parking passesavailable at Pavilion for Visitors only, or stop at the Visitor's Center on Prices Fork to pick up a pass. F/S must park in designated F/S spaces. Heavy rain may cancel these programs - call 540-231-5970 to confirm.


October 29, 2014 - 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Wonderful Woodies in the Hahn Garden with Dr. Alex Niemiera.

Fall is when many trees and shrubs really strut their stuff - Alex takes you on a walk and talk through the garden for a look at some of our best and most unusual woody plants. Alex is a Professor in the Dept. of Horticulture and teaches Woody Landscape Plants I & II, Environmental Factors, and Horticulture Science and Industry. He also serves as Assistant Dean of Student Programs for CALS, as well as the garden's Woody Plants Curator.



Fall and Winter Seminars and Workshops

Ongoing: Botanical Drawing Class
Local artist, Felta Virginia, will instruct a class on botanical drawing at the lovely Hahn Horticulture Garden. No experience is necessary, all skill levels are welcome (appropriate for teens-adults).
Next meeting November 12 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

$45 for each session, includes instruction in botanical drawing using colored or graphite pencil and also guidance in watercolor painting for those who have some experience and would like to incorporate watercolors.
Must pre-register by contact Stephanie Huckestein at vtgarden@vt.edu, 540-231-5970. Class is limited to 20. The participants will need to bring their own supplies: sketchbooks, watercolor paper, or drawing paper, pencils, watercolors or color pencil, brushes, container for water, drawing board, easel (not absolutely necessary). Be prepared to be working outdoors.
About the instructor:
Felta has been painting for a little over twenty years. Virginia is her home state, however due to life-long military connections, she lived in nine different states across the U.S., as well as Belgium and Germany. Having served in the U.S. Army as a Chinese Linguist, she used the G.I. Bill to earn her Bachelor's degree in painting from North Georgia College and State University in 2001, in addition to earning an Associate's degree in Chinese from Monterey Peninsula College. Her work is often heavily influenced by the exposure to Chinese culture during her time as a linguist. As a result there's a contemporary east meets west, post-expressionistic flavor to her work. Felta notes " Nature, family, and faith are my continual and sustaining inspirations."


“A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello," Peter Hatch, Director of Garden and Grounds at Monticello

 Thursday January 22, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$20 general public/$15 Friends of the Garden and Smithfield Patriots

Please pre-register. Location: TBD (depends on number of registrants)

 The Hahn Horticulture Garden is partnering with Historic Smithfield Plantation to offer this historic garden lecture by Peter Hatch, Director of Garden and Grounds at Monticello

 “A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello," is a gorgeous volume telling the history of Jefferson's unique vegetable garden at Monticello and uncovers his lasting influence on American culinary, garden, and landscape history. The book also showcases the 1980s project that restored the garden to its original glory. A Rich Spot of Earth was written by Peter J. Hatch, former Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello 1977 to 2013. Hatch was been responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and conservation of its 2,400-acre landscape, and has written several previous books on Jefferson’s gardens and is an advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

To register, contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or 540-231-5970.



Youth and Junior Master Gardener Program Activities

Junior Master Gardener Program

For more information on upcoming JMG session/openings, contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or call 540-231-5970.



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.