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Education and Special Events at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

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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).

 

Area information: Sign up now for Spring 2015 Master Gardener Training, Montgomery County. Classes are held at the Hahn Garden Pavilion.
More information here: Montgomery County VCE on Facebook

 

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. Classes are held in the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion for the cold months.  
Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m., beginning January 13, 2015.
Space is limited to 12 participants - registration is suggested.
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.

 

Hort Club Plant Sale and Spring Fling!

Garden Tour, gardening talks... and plants, plants, plants!!!

Mark your calender for April 23-25th and stay tuned for more information.

 

GALA GALA GALA!
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 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 through through April 29th: Nancy Norton, Weeds and Wilds: A celebration of wildflowers in alcohol inks. Go to Art in the Garden

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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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Get Acquainted with the new Garden Director, Robert McDuffie
Robert McDuffie will share what he does at Virginia Tech, his previous involvement with the garden, and his future plans as Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Get Acquainted with the new Garden Director, Robert McDuffie
Robert McDuffie will share what he does at Virginia Tech, his previous involvement with the garden, and his future plans as Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Wednesday, February 25
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Plant Nerds: Sharing their summer trip to 3 of the best public gardens near Philadelphia
Elissa Steeves and Lisa Lipsey

Through stories and pictures, they'll take us first to Mt. Cuba Center, the best native plant botanical garden in the United States. Formerly the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, Mt. Cuba Center focuses on education and research promoting the beauty and value of native plants with a commitment to preserving native habitat. Then to Longwood Gardens, one of the world's premier horticultural display gardens. From the Flower Garden Walk, the first garden laid out by Pierre S. du Pont in 1907, to the construction of the fabulous Conservatory which opened in 1921, to the Meadow Garden which opened in June 2014, Longwood is rich in history, landscape design and plants. And finally to Chanticleer, a relatively new public garden that first opened in 1993. The former country estate of Adolph and Christine Rosengarten, the garden is filled with adventurous and unusual plantings, unique features designed and built by the garden's horticulturists, furniture, pathways, water and much more. The Hahn Horticulture Garden is thrilled to have one of Chanticleer's famous horticulturists, Dan Benarcik, come speak on landscape design principals, Saturday, March 14th.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 12:00-1:00 p.m. Tree Care for the Homeowner with Jim May, Certified Arborist, IV Tree Care. Certified Arborist, Jim May, will cover tree pruning, insect and disease control, fertilizing, and other topics related for caring for your trees.

Wednesday March 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. 9 Ways to Grow More Food in Less Space
with Debra Graff, Master Gardener. Discover nine simple tips to grow large amounts vegetables in small gardens.

Wednesday April 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Dwarf Conifers in the Landscape
with Pamela Cadmus of Specialty Garden Design

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Fall and Winter Seminars and Workshops

“A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello," Peter Hatch, Director of Garden and Grounds at Monticello

 Thursday January 22, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$20 general public/$15 Friends of the Garden and Smithfield Patriots

Please pre-register. Location: TBD (depends on number of registrants)

 The Hahn Horticulture Garden is partnering with Historic Smithfield Plantation to offer this historic garden lecture by Peter Hatch, Director of Garden and Grounds at Monticello

 “A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello," is a gorgeous volume telling the history of Jefferson's unique vegetable garden at Monticello and uncovers his lasting influence on American culinary, garden, and landscape history. The book also showcases the 1980s project that restored the garden to its original glory. A Rich Spot of Earth was written by Peter J. Hatch, former Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello 1977 to 2013. Hatch was been responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and conservation of its 2,400-acre landscape, and has written several previous books on Jefferson’s gardens and is an advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

To register, contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or 540-231-5970.

 

An Essential Oils Double-header with Ellen Reynolds!

I) Essential Oils 101 with Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00 -11:30 a.m. (snow date March 7th)
$15 Friends of the Garden members/$20 general public; please pre-register
Learn the basics about Essential Oils, what they are and how to use them. Learn what oils should be in your medicine cabinet, under your kitchen counter or on your makeup table. Natural doesn't mean safe!


II) Make Your Own Essential Oils! with Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Saturday, February 28, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (snow date March 7th )

$20 Friends of the Garden members/$25 general public (additional $5 discount if you attend both programs on essential oils) Must pre-register.
Pamper yourself with Essential Oils. A make and take- a hands on program where you will get to make your own room fresher, non-alcoholic hand sanitizer or even an easy healing salve for dry winter skin. Don't you deserve to pamper yourself for a change? To register, contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or 540-231-5970.

 

Design Principals of the Pros That Can Be Applied to the Home Landscape

Dan Benarcik, Horticulturist and Artist at Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00am – 11:30am $30 general public/$20 Friends of the Garden or NRVMGA members. All registrations after February 13th, $30.

Location: Fralin

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is partnering with the New River Valley Master Gardener Association to offer this landscape design lecture by Dan Benarcik, Horticulturist and Artist at Chanticleer.
Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. Dan Benarcik, one of seven highly talented Horticulturists, has been instrumental in the garden's transformation during his more than 20 years there. He oversees The Courtyard Gardens which include the famous and stunning Tea Cup Garden, named for its central fountain. Here he works his magic with new seasonal displays featuring bold textured tropicals and tender perennials. His container plantings are innovative and placement within the garden structure perfection. Dan is a passionate gardener and artist who fuses his love of plants, sculpture, and design into excitement and wonder. His talk will give you, whether novice or experienced, tips to enliven your own garden and ideas to use when thinking about your beds, pots and plant combinations for 2015.

To register, contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or 540-231-5970.

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Youth and Junior Master Gardener Program Activities

Environmental Horticulture Club (grades 5-7)

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 4-6pm (February 11-May 27, 2015)

Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H are offering an Environmental Horticulture Club this spring! Lessons and activities will inspire youth to appreciate the environment and practice “green” living. Classes will be led by trained volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 or more adults for each class). Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide space for club meetings and activities. Cost $40 per child. More information (note the application deadline has been extended to February 6th)


Growing Up Wild Youth Program (grades K-2)

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 4-5pm (February 4-May 20, 2015)

Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H are offering a Growing Up Wild! Club this spring! Lessons and activities will follow the Growing Up Wild curriculum developed through Project Wild by the Council for Environmental Education. Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Classes will be led by trained volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 or more adults for each class). Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide space for club meetings and activities. Cost $30 per child. More information


Junior Master Gardener Program

For more information on upcoming JMG session/openings, contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or call 540-231-5970.

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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.