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).
Gardens of Northern California Tour
September 11–20, 2015. California has a long, rich history of wonderfully exotic gardens and on this trip we visit some of the best: Hearst Castle, the UC Botanical Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the Bancroft Garden, Filoli and many more. Besides gardens we see some of the best scenic areas California has to offer: Big Sur, the Monterey Peninsula, the Pacific Coast Highway, Muir Woods and the San Francisco Bay. This trip is open to anyone interested in gardens and horticulture. Learn more here.
Free! Learn at Lunch: Walks and Talks at the Hahn Horticulture 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 July 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Seasons of Bees and Blooms with Deana B. Marion. Deana will share her love of bees and how she captures the incredible photos of them hard at work.
- Wednesday August 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Butterfly Walk with Tom McAvoy of the Entomology Department. We will enjoy a walk through the garden getting a close look at different butterfly species, learning about their life cycle, and plants that attract them.
- Wednesday August 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Butterfly Walk with Tom McAvoy of the Entomology Department. We will enjoy a walk through the garden getting a close look at different butterfly species, learning about their life cycle, and plants that attract them.
Talks or Events
Friday, July 31, 2015, 11am to 1pm at Hahn Pavilion “EROKAMANO” Insights into Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening Presentation
Conversation and refreshments
with Dick Wall, husband of the late author Carol Wall
Summer salad assortment to be provided.
Free to attend, but space is limited, so response to this survey is required: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1432836367518
Saturday, August 29, 10 to 11am Monarch Migration and Tagging.
Come learn about the Monarch Migration which will be occurring this fall. Join Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm as she explains the complex life cycle and journey the Monarch will embark on as they get ready for the subsequent generation. Experience this annual phenomena as live butterflies are tagged and released to start their journey.
Free to attend, but please contact Stephanie to register email@example.com or 540-231-5970
August 1, 2 to 5pm Simply Elemental: An Outdoor Art Adventure
We will have open house will celebrate the exhibit of a one of a kind collection of works by regional artists. Thoughtfully placed pieces chosen for their impact in a natural setting will be throughout the garden from August 1 until Sept 30.
There will be a delightful mix of art chosen for the unique spirit, whether realistic or fantastical. The viewer will see visual puns, pieces that evoke surprise or an emotional response as well as pieces where the natural use of items found in nature make you stop and look again.
Diversity will be the key for this show. From water ornaments used to catch the onlookers eye for a surprising closer look to an interactive display involving weaving of natures own materials. Follow the paths through the garden to spot the creatures that are a bit out of place but yet so creative and lovely to behold.
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 colorful bee photographs by Deana B. Marion.
Wednesday, July 15, 12 to 1pm Deana will share her love of bees and how she captures the incredible photos of them hard at work. More information.
Youth and Junior Master Gardener Program Activities
Junior Master Gardener Program
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).
Register: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-231-5970.