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).

Save These Dates:

Spring Fling! Includes the Hort Club Plant Sale (and a preview!), gardening microTalks, and a fantastic Spring Fling tour of 3 private gardens. It's the only way to Fling! Click here to learn all about the Spring Fling!

- Hort Club Spring Plant Sale - April 24, 25, 26, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.
[Plant Sale Preview - Wed., April 23, at noon at the garden pavilion]

- Gardening microTalks - quick lessons in plant care and garden construction throughout the day on Friday, April 25 (schedule coming soon).

- Spring Fling Garden Tour!!! - Sat., April 26, 2014. Three fabulous gardens. Tickets will be available ONLY at the Hort Club Spring Plant Sale! Stay tuned for garden descriptions.

10th Annual Garden Gala - June 14, 2014. It's our 10th Gala - we're celebrating with the theme "It's All About The Garden!" Save the date for an unforgettable evening.
Invitations to past attendees will be mailed out end of April; ticket request forms available online at the same time. Some handy-dandy changes are coming that will make buying tickets, becoming a sponsor, and supporting the garden that much easier!


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 April: work by Radford University watercolorists: Z L Feng and Graduate Students. 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.


Wednesday April 2, 12:00—1:00 p.m. Common Diseases of Vegetable Crops with Elizabeth Bush, Plant Disease Clinic at Virginia Tech
Get a jump on problems before they get out of hand! Elizabeth with discuss identification, prevention, and treatment of common diseases found on vegetable crops.


Seminars and Workshops

Composting, native perennials, hypertufa, and MORE - we have a lot going on this spring at the Pavilion! Note space is limited and pre-registration is REQUIRED - print off form (below) and mail it in, or contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or call 540.231.5970 to let us know you're coming.

The Color of the Native Plant Palette...and Other Related Thoughts
Dr. Robert E. Lyons, Professor and Graduate Program Director, University of Delaware/Longwood Gardens
Tuesday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.*, $15 Friends of the Garden/$20 general public

Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion

He's back! Bob Lyons, one of the founding fathers and first Director of the Garden, is back in town for some Horticulture lectures and graciously offered to fit yet another one in his busy day.

Here's the description from Bob:

"Herbaceous plants have a prominent position within the plant selection strategies for creating cultivated, sustainable landscapes. Whether annual, perennial, or somewhere in between, these plants have continued to attract widespread attention by gardeners and commercial landscapers alike for their flowering and/or foliage features. Perhaps no other time in the history of herbaceous plant cultivation have we witnessed such a plethora of new and different plant choices in the marketplace, providing pleasant challenges for any gardener planning a new garden or enhancing those already existing. Color, site suitability, cost, and life cycle have frequently predominated most anyone's decision process, and now species nativity has experienced a heightened value in making one's selection.

A wide array of suitable native species and derived cultivars will be discussed in this presentation, highlighting those plants with qualities that are frequently considered colorful and visually appealing by landscapers and gardeners alike. Attention will also be given to highlighting and discussing aggressive natives and the sensible inclusion of non-native, non-invasive plants that contribute to successful
landscape performance, visual interest, and function within a low maintenance philosophy. Making smart plant selection decisions with an open mind will
be stressed throughout this presentation."

*Note it's a school day/time - if you can pick up a visitor's pass at the Price's Fork visitor center on your way in, it would help us out, plus you can park wherever there's an empty space. The Pavilion lot will fill up quickly.


Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop with Barry Robinson (Register through Smithfield!)
Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. $15
Pre-registration is required by contacting Smithfield Plantation at  540-231-3947
Join Historic Smithfield Plantation and the Hahn Horticulture Garden for grafting class.  Horticulturist Barry Robinson will lead the hands-on workshop through the science of fruit tree grafting.  Heritage scionwood from the orchards at Smithfield Plantation will be used.  Students will be able to take home (4)  grafted rootstocks. 


Hypertufa Workshop with Lisa Lipsey and Velva Groover
Saturday May 10th from 9 - 12noon.  $30 Friends of the Garden/$35 general public: maximum of 20 people; pre-registration required. This will fill up FAST!hypertufa

Above: Hypertufa planter with succulents, created by Lisa Lipsey (plants NOT included in workshop price).

Don't miss this fun, hands-on workshop with Hahn Garnden Horticulturist, Lisa Lipsey, and Horticulture Dept. Research Assistant, Velva Groover. They've become experts in the art of Hypertufa...a mix of components that creates a durable, porous material that makes for an outstanding planting container or trough.   Participants will create a uniquely designed planting container to take home.

This is a messy process, so wear old cloths or bring an apron. Please bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves. We will supply the mold, materials, instruction, and fun. Feel free to bring materials to personalize your container with -small seashells, stones, etc.  


Innovative Home Composting

Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10 – 11:30 am

$15 Friends of the Garden/$20 general public; please register in advance by contacting Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or 540-231-5970

Every gardener needs more compost, and helping compost to happen is easy if you understand the process. In addition to using a bin or heap to capture unsightly materials, organic gardening expert Barbara Pleasant will share dozens of time-saving composting techniques shared by gardeners thinking outside the bin. Learn how to use sheet composting, fermented trench composting, captive earthworms and other simple techniques to dispose of biodegradable waste and create healthier soil.  

 Based in Floyd, Virginia, Barbara Pleasant is "one of America's most trusted garden writers" (Cheryl Long, editor-in-chief of Mother Earth News magazine). A six-time winner of Garden Globe awards given by the Garden Writers Association, Barbara has written numerous books on subjects ranging from vegetables to weeds. Her book, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, has helped move thousands of compost piles from the shadows to the heart of the garden. A contributing editor for Mother Earth News, Barbara blogs at GrowVeg.com and her own website, barbarapleasant.com.

Printable PDF of schedule plus mail-in registration form HERE!seminarflyerspring2014.pdf


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.