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).

Save the date! Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Announcing the 12th annual Garden Gala at the Hahn!

It is THE best garden party in Virginia and we want to invite you to join us. The Gala starts at 5:30 and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Our Gala is an evening of food, friends, and flora, and it will entertain you with two exciting auctions and the music of Pete Hastings and Paul Little on harmonica and guitar. And of course, the food! Blue Ridge Catering of Roanoke will again perform their magic on our taste buds.

On the gala webpage, you can learn more about the gala, purchasing tickets, becoming a sponsor, and more!

Thursday, June 30th 7-8:30pm, fee TBD. When Gardens Don’t Heal with Dr. Robert Lyons
Although widely believed to be true in anecdotal sense, there is also an abundance of research espousing the curative value of gardens and other green spaces. However, what happens when gardens are integral to the source of disappointment, stress, or even personal tragedy? Can we expect their reputed healing powers to live up to our own expectations for overcoming personal grief? This talk will highlight one man's journey following personal loss and the serendipitous role of gardens in the recovery process. When seemingly disconnected from any healing, gardens can be profoundly influential following reconciliation with one's new reality, and in fact, their impact can be a celebration. Eventually there is a welcome realization; restoration is not just limited to one's gardens, but to one's soul, as well.

Sunday, July 31 time TBD. Simply Elemental Opening Reception
Come join us for the opening of this year’s Simply Elemental outdoor art exhibit! After its success last summer, the Art in the Garden committee has teamed together once again to bring artwork into the garden from many talented artists throughout the New River Valley. The Simply Elemental exhibit will be in place August 1st - September 30th.

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 May 4, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Bonsai: Discussion & Demonstration
    What is bonsai and how is it practiced?
    Jerrie Pike, the owner of Higo Garden Bonsai, will lead an informative discussion on “all things bonsai” including the theory of styling and the supporting role bonsai pots play in aesthetic presentation. She will talk about what woody plants can be used successfully and what keeps a bonsai healthy and happy. Proper soil, feeding, watering and root pruning will be discussed. She will also demonstrate branch and foliage styling.
    You are encouraged to come with questions and to bring one of your own bonsai to be included in the discussions.
  • Wednesday June 8, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Native Bees
    With Research Specialist Tim McCoy. It is fairly well known that honey bees are stressed, and their population declining, due to many factors, including use of pesticides. However, the often looked over native bees are also affected by the same stressors. In this talk, Tim McCoy will provide an informative look on our native bees and provide insight on preserving their place in our environment.
  • Wednesday June 29, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Proactive Strategies for Managing Weeds in the Vegetable Garden
    With Alex Hessler, Sustainable Food Systems Director and Instructor. Many plants we know as weeds serve valuable roles in nature: building soil organic matter, minimizing erosion, and providing food and habitat for wildlife. In the garden, however, these fast growing, resourceful plants can become a source of frustration, reducing vegetable harvests and demanding our attention and labor. This talk will explore how to combine a basic understanding of weed ecology with the right tools and strategies to make weed management easier and less time-consuming.

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: Lasting Growth over the Years with Lisabeth Weisband.
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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