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).

Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion

You are invited to a Holiday Open House at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion!

On December 14, we are celebrating the season with an event called, Christmas at the Hahn. Come and enjoy light refreshments with other garden lovers as we celebrate the season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Just drop in any time between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Hahn Pavilion on Garden Lane off Washington Street. It is a chance for the staff of the Garden to say thank you to our many supporters at this festive time of year.

Warm regards and Happy Holidays! See you on Monday, December 14!

- Robert McDuffie, Director, Hahn Horticulture Garden

This event is full. Holiday Wreath Workshop with Richmond Floral Designer, David Pippin Saturday, December 12th 9am to noon. Make your own holiday wreath with the instruction of David Pippin, talented floral designer from Richmond.  David will guide us through our creations using evergreen foliage cut from the garden as well as materials he will provide for us.  Check out David’s website at
The workshop is limited to 20 participants (minimum 10), pre-payment is required. $55 general public/$45 Friends of the Garden members—fee includes instruction and supplies to make one wreath. Must pre-register by November 24. To register, contact Stephanie at or call 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 December 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Virginia Big Tree Program:
    Eric Wiseman is Associate Professor of Urban Forestry at Virginia Tech and Coordinator of the Virginia Big Tree Program. The goal of the Virginia Big Tree Program is to increase the care and appreciation for trees by documenting the largest specimens of native and non-native species found in the state. There are 21 state champions in Montgomery County. Several are on the Virginia Tech campus, including the champion paperbark maple (Acer griseum) in the Hahn Horticulture Garden. In this presentation, Dr. Wiseman will give an overview of the Virginia Big Tree Program and show you how to measure and nominate a tree for the big tree register.
  • Wednesday January 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Gardens for Peace and Reconciliation:
    Jerzy Nowak, Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus in Horticulture and retired Founding Director of the Center of Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. After a brief overview of the function of gardens in transformational community development, including peace, reconciliation of ecology and social justice, and restorative justice, the speaker will focus on the role of two gardens on the Virginia Tech campus: the existing International Peace Garden (,  located on the edge of Stadium Woods ( , and a foreseen/planned Norris Garden, a component of Hokie Spirit garden Trail ( adjacent to Norris Hall.

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 oil landscapes by Marie Collier.
More information.

The 2015-16 class is full. For more information on the JMG or other youth programs, contact Stephanie Huckestein, or 540-231-5970

Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H invites you to join our Junior 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 the spring and fall (no summer classes).  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 through 5
  • Dates: Fall Dates - every Wednesday, August 26 through November 18, 2015
    Spring Dates - will be announced following the fall sessions but will also be on Wednesdays
  • Times: Classes (spring and fall) will run from 4:00 to 6:00 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).

To register, complete a 4-H health history form. You can download the form at:
Return the form with your payment to Montgomery County Extension, 755 Roanoke Street, Suite 1G, Christiansburg, VA 24073.
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.

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

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Michelle Dickerson at (540) 382-5790/TDD* during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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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