10th Annual Garden Gala at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

It's our 10th Gala - we're celebrating with the theme "It's All About The Garden!" Save the date for an unforgettable evening. The Gala starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. - rain or shine!

Invitations to past attendees were mailed out end of April; ticket request forms are available OR buy tickets online through Virginia Tech's Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) division (see below for more info on that) at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/gardengala/.

Help us out with our planning by purchasing tickets prior to June 1 for $75 per person. Later ticket sales are $90 per person. NOTE: As of 6/12/14 we are very VERY close to selling out!

Need a hotel room? The Hilton Garden Inn (Plantation Rd/ Blacksburg)has a special rate of $99 for 7/13 and 7/14 - just call (540) 552-5005 and mention you're a Gala attendee when making the reservation.

So what's going on at this year's Garden Gala?

~ Fabulous food and drinks by Blue Ridge Catering of Roanoke featuring our signature wine cocktail plus several more wines and craft beers to choose from. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and many delightful small plates at two stations under the the auction tents. A bountiful Cheese & Charcuterie Board under the big tent plus petite sweets round out the menu.

~Live and silent auctions of rare plants, garden art, vacations, and more. This year we are able to accept credit cards!
Gala auction item list - updated 6/10/14.

~Live music by Farm Use Only, renowned old-time string band

The Gala happens rain or shine; "Garden Party" attire, please (dressy casual - no jeans or shorts).

Our 2014 Honorary Gala Chair is Virginia Tech President Emeritus Dr. T. Marshall Hahn of Blacksburg, VA.

Dr. Hahn notes “It is gratifying to know the gardens provide a valuable tool for undergraduate and graduate instruction, can bring joy to the lives of young people by helping to develop a lifetime passion for gardening, and connects the resources of the university with the needs of the larger community as well.”

Net proceeds benefit the garden - student wages, garden maintenance and renovations!

Want to help the garden even more? Be a sponsor! Download a form here:


More on ticket ordering:

Working with CPE is a little different than past ticket requests; if you select to buy tickets online there is that option, though as a conference registration platform, it may look a little odd (no, you do not receive three credit hours for attending the gala. And there's no membership or group number associated with the gala). If you'd rather, just give Janeen at CPE a call at (540) 231-5182 and order over the phone with your credit card. Or print off and mail in the form on the website.

If CPE receives your ticket order prior to June 7, your name tags were mailed out. Any after that - we will hold them here at check-in!

Check back for a growing list of remarkable plants, art, and more that will be available in our silent auction and exciting live auction! Have an irresistable item or service you'd like to donate? Contact Lisa Lipsey, Auction Chair (llipsey@vt.edu or 540-231-6961).