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).

Monday, December 12th 6:00 to 8:30pm Workshop is FULL
Holiday Wreath Workshop with Richmond Floral Designer, David Pippin. Make your own holiday wreath! David will guide us through our creations using evergreen foliage cut from the garden as well as materials he will provide for us.

$55 general public and $45 Friends of the Garden (fee includes everything you need to make your wreath). Preregister by November 29th. Contact Stephanie at or call (540)231-5970.

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.

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 30th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Problem Pests Devastating Our Landscape
    with Eric Day of the Virginia Tech Entomology Department and Insect Identification Lab
  • Wednesday January 11th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Living Green: Stories from the Field
    with Annie Pearce, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair Sustainable Facilities & Infrastructure Lab Department of Building Construction
    Ever wondered what it would be like to renovate your home or yard to be more environmentally sustainable and resilient? In this presentation, Master Gardener and Construction Professor Annie Pearce will talk about the challenges and rewards of choosing to live green in the New River Valley, including green home and landscape choices, innovative infrastructure systems such as geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaics, and rainwater harvesting, and location and transportation choices. Her stories of her own experiences will include lessons learned the hard way, do’s and don’ts, and plans for future improvements. Join us to get ideas for your own home, and bring your questions about green building!

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: Fiber Art with Karin Tauber.
More information.

Shovels and Buckets and Books, Oh My!
Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H are offering a super fun club focusing on garden or nature-related books and hands-on activities for youth in grades k-2! Each week we will read a book and play games and do hands-on activities related to that book. Classes will be led by the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Hahn Horticulture Garden, the Montgomery County 4-H Extension Agent, and trained volunteers (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 K-2

Dates: Club meetings are on the following dates: September 7, 21; October 5, 19, 26; and November 2, 9. This totals 7 weeks.

Times: 4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

Location: Hahn Horticulture Garden and Pavilion, Virginia Tech Campus

Cost: $25 per child - This fee covers a small snack and 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 for the spring classes, complete a 4-H health history form. You can download the form at:
Return the form with your payment to Stephanie Huckestein, 200 Garden Lane, 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 382-5790. We will mail you a health history form and other information about the program. Registration deadline is Friday, September 2. Maximum of 16 children, minimum of 8.

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

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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