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!

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 at Fralin auditorium  
Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees:  The Phenological Impacts of Climate Change
with Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Climate and Earth Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia

FREE! Co-sponsored by Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and Global Change Center

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.”

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 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 or 540-231-5970.
$10 Friends of the Garden members/$15 General public.

botanical illustrationThursday, March 15, 10:00-11:30 am & 12:30-2:30 pm
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 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 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.

  • Wednesday January 24, 2018 12:00-1:00 p.m. Doing it in the Dark: the World of Nighttime Pollinators with Tim McCoy, VT Entomology Dept.
    Some insects have evolved to take advantage of the overnight hours for their pollinating activity. What drove those adaptations? What can we do to help these nocturnal visitors?
  • Wednesday February 7 12:00-1:00 p.m. Future Plans for the Garden with Scott Douglas, Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden
    Scott Douglas began working as the Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden in August 2017 and he has brought a variety of ideas to expand and improve the garden. His presentation will include an introductory overview of his career as a landscape architect and a few preliminary design concepts for garden improvements. He is beginning to work on elements of a new master plan for the garden and wants to provide an opportunity for garden patrons to offer feedback on the current state of the garden and possible future improvements. Please come be and help kick off the beginning of our master plan process.
  • Wednesday March 7, 2018 12:00-1:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes at Stonecrop Farm with co- owner, Gwynn Hamilton. Gwynn will share insight on full time flower farming. In a virtual tour of the farm, she’ll share what the days and seasons of sowing, tending, harvesting, and arranging look like. She will also share ideas of great cut flowers you can grow at home!

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: Paintings by Nathan Popp. 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: 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.

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

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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