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).

Thursday, February 9th 2017 6:30 to 8:30pm
The Joy of Gardening: The Power of Plants to Change Your Point of View with Bryce Lane.
Gardening has tremendous power to change our perspective, not just in the garden but also in life. Working with plants changes the way we look at all sorts of things. Come see an entertaining and inspiring talk about how gardening can change your life!

Bryce Lane is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Horticulture Science at North Carolina State University. Bryce teaches both large and small courses, for majors and non-majors. In the past 30+ years, he has taught more than 20,000 students. He has received numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards and is frequently invited to speak at workshops and symposia about teaching as well as horticulture and gardening.

Price $15 general public and $10 Friends of the Garden.

Please register by Monday February 6, 2017 by contacting Stephanie at 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 January 25th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Leisure and Pleasure in 18th Century England with Robert McDuffie
    In the 18th century, the English aristocracy had the means and motivation to make their grounds into what was the latest fashion of the day. But the new style didn’t happen in a vacuum. There were factors from unlikely sources that would shape and mold it into works of art that would long outlast their owners.
  • Wednesday February 8, 12:00 - 1pm The Design Giants of the English Landscape School with Robert McDuffie
    As with most significant historic periods of any design field, the designers of the English Landscape School were the movers and shakers that literally moved and shook the earth to create a new enduring style of landscape design that was dominate in the English countryside. Most of these designers came into the field with little or no formal education, but in time, they left their own indelible marks on the history of landscape design.
  • Wednesday February 22, 12:00 - 1pm The Style Spreads: Old Russia to the New World with Robert McDuffie
    While this school of thought and design bears the name ‘English,’ the style did not remain in the British Isles. Instead, it was exported to the far corners of the globe, evolving into a place called Central Park in the heart of America’s largest city.

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: Four Seasons in Blacksburg with Anne Hammond-Tooke.
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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,

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

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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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