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).

(FULL) Thursday, November 16, 2017 6-8pm   
Artisan Bread Workshop with Mark Moritz, Executive Chef Senior, Turner Place

Anybody can learn the art of breadmaking. Join us for this hands-on workshop in which the very talented and dynamic Executive Chef, Mark Moritz, will lead us through the steps of creating amazing artisan bread with wild yeast. $15 general public/$10 Friends of the Garden members; fee includes all supplies. This workshop is FULL.

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 November 15, 2017 12:00-1:00 p.m. Focusing on fronds across the fern tree of life with Dr. Jordan Metzgar, Massey Herbarium Curator
    Dr. Jordan Metzgar will discuss his research on the evolution of diverse fern lineages, including eusporangiate neotropical ferns Danaea, stately Osmundaceae, heterosporous nitrogen-fixing aquatic fern Azolla, and glacier-loving boreal Cryptogramma. These studies have helped decipher the patterns and timing of diversification across ferns by spanning the field, herbarium, and laboratory. He will also his tell us about his new home at Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium, the largest collection of plant specimens in the state.
  • Wednesday December 6, 2017 12:00-1:00 p.m. Botanizing the Swiss Alps with Dr. Khidir W. Hilu, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences
    Dr. Hilu will be giving a presentation on his study abroad travels with students to the many altitudes of the Swiss Alps. His presentation will integrate ecology, adaptations, and human impact with the beauty of the plants, their flowers, and the surroundings.
  • Wednesday January 10, 2018 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Great American Chestnut and Efforts of Restoration with Carl Absher, ISA Master Arborist and Board member of the VA Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation
    The American chestnut (Castenea dentata) was the most common keystone species in the Appalachian region from the time of European settlement until the 20th century.  A fungus introduced to the country just after the turn of the century (Cryphonectria parisitca) wiped out as many as 4,000,000,000 in just 50 years.  Dedicated scientists and an army of volunteers are now testing the performance of resistant trees using the few flowering surviving American chestnuts, advanced breeding techniques, biotechnology, and bio-controls to return this iconic tree to our eastern forests.  This presentation will offer an overview of the history and demise of the American chestnut, and a summary of the status of the restoration effort.

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: Acrylic paintings by Pat West. More information.

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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