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).

August 26-28 Seeing, Composing, and Creating the Image: A 3-day Garden Photography Workshop with Bob Lyons, Anne Hammond-Tooke, and Robert McDuffie

These three excellent photographers will be sharing their expertise about shooting their favorite subjects: gardens and plants. There are talks on composition theory and practice, shooting techniques, how to edit images, and much more. But it’s not just ‘talk’ about photography--this is an active participation workshop. We spend most of the day on Saturday shooting in the Hahn Garden, and on Sunday, we spend the entire time in our computer lab learning how to edit your images using Adobe Photoshop. Cost: Friends/Public $175/$200 Friday, Saturday & Sunday Workshops; $145/$160 Friday & Saturday Workshop only; $40/$50 Sunday Workshop only. Registration Form.

Day One: Friday, August 26, 2017 6:30 – 9:00 PM: Open Session: Speaker and participant introductions, introduction to the workshop with short talks about garden photography by Anne Hammond-Tooke and Robert McDuffie.

Day Two: Saturday, August 27 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM: We start the day with a talk by Bob Lyons entitled, Considerations for Getting the Best “In Camera” Image First. That is followed by two separate shooting sessions in the Hahn Garden, both with group image reviews by the instructors. Lyons and McDuffie will also be in the garden during shoots to give instruction and guidance.

Day Three: Sunday, August 28 1:30 – 6:00 PM: This workshop centers on improving digital images using Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis will be on cropping, adjusting images (exposure/color/brightness & contrast), filters, preparing images for printing and much more. This workshop will be taught by Robert McDuffie.

August 1st - September 30th. Simply Elemental Exhibition
After its success last summer, the Art in the Garden committee has teamed together once again to bring artwork into the garden from many talented artists throughout the New River Valley. Exhibit map and mobile site.

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 October 5, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Trees and shrubs – the ceilings and walls of outdoor rooms
    Walk with Alex Niemiera through the Hahn Horticulture Garden to observe how woody plants form architectural garden spaces. Alex will also supply specific cultural information and interesting facts on the noted trees and shrubs. Note: cancelled if rain.

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: Photography with Robert Lyons.
More information.

Shovels and Buckets and Books, Oh My!
Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H are offering a super fun club focusing on garden or nature-related books and hands-on activities for youth in grades k-2! Each week we will read a book and play games and do hands-on activities related to that book. Classes will be led by the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Hahn Horticulture Garden, the Montgomery County 4-H Extension Agent, and trained volunteers (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 K-2

Dates: Club meetings are on the following dates: September 7, 21; October 5, 19, 26; and November 2, 9. This totals 7 weeks.

Times: 4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Location: Hahn Horticulture Garden and Pavilion, Virginia Tech Campus

Cost: $25 per child - This fee covers a small snack and 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 for the spring classes, complete a 4-H health history form. You can download the form at:
Return the form with your payment to Stephanie Huckestein, 200 Garden Lane, 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 382-5790. We will mail you a health history form and other information about the program. Registration deadline is Friday, September 2. Maximum of 16 children, minimum of 8.

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

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

Rejuvention Flow, 75 minutes every Tuesday @ 5:30 PM, Hahn Horticulture Pavilion (Lots of Available FREE PARKING!! The practice will be held INSIDE with a beautiful view of the gardens.) NO Yoga August 24th.

A more basic yoga offering, with longer holds and more grounding postures. A nice place for new practitioners, or the average human being who needs to slow down. This offering will concentrate on a more basic postures, hip openers, forward folds as well as restorative stretching to release any unnecessary stress.

Please Invite friends, students and collegues. For more information, check out the Facebook Event Page or contact

We are always working to make the garden better. Here are a few of our upcoming projects to look forward to!

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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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