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).

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.
Note! No yoga on Tuesday, September 23.

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 November 1: paintings by Sally Mook. 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 1, 2014 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
The Edible Landscape Trial Garden

Join garden faculty and staff for a closer look at our newest garden feature that focuses on woody plants and vines that are both ornamental and have some sort of edible aspect (fruit, nuts, etc.).


October 15, 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 Seminars and Workshops

Sand-casted Leaf Workshop with Rachel Yungman
Saturday September 6, 2014. 10:00 a.m. (1 ½-2hrs)

This talented craftswoman will teach you how to make a beautiful sand-casted leaf for your garden, to hang on a wall, turn into a birdbath, etc. Rachel’s leaves are amazing!  Have fun creating your own - then sign up for the "Embellishment" workshop to make it even more special.
$35 Friends of the Garden members/$45 general public (materials included)
Workshop limited to 20 participants; must pre-register

THEN: Embellishing Your Leaf with Paints with Rachel Yungman
Saturday October 11, 2014. 10:00 a.m. (1 ½-2hrs)

Limited to 20 participants, must pre-register.
Fee includes instruction and supplies to finish one leaf.
$15 Friends of the Garden members/$20 general public


Botanical Drawing Class
Monday September 22, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m. (rain date September 29)
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).

$45 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. Workshop 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."



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.


2014 Hahn Garden/4-H Summer Camp for youth ages 10-14:

Make it With Plants: Food, Fiber, Flowers, Fun!

July 7-11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day

Program Details:

A fun, hands-on summer camp focused on the many uses of plants.  We will craft, cook, design, and create using plants as the main focus or ingredient. 

Ages:  Open to all county youth, ages 10 to 14. 

Cost:  Camp fee is $65 which covers program supplies and healthy snacks.  Make checks payable to “Treasurer, Virginia Tech”.

Questions: Contact Stephanie Huckestein at shuckest@vt.edu, 231-5970 or Michelle Dickerson at adickerson@vt.edu, 382-5790

 Register: Mail or drop off completed health history form and fee to Stephanie Huckestein, Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, 200   Garden Lane (0915), Blacksburg, VA 24061.  You can download the health history form or call 231-5970, and we will mail you a form.  The form can be found at this site:


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.