9th Annual Garden Gala at the Hahn Horticulture Garden


Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy an enchanted evening in the garden - with wine and roses galore!

Use this form to order tickets! (PDF) or call Shendale Simpson, VT Foundation, at 540.231.2889 to order with credit card (orders taken until noon Friday, June 7).

If we received your ticket order from the VT Foundation prior to Tuesday, June 3, your name tags were mailed out. Any after that - we will hold them here at check-in.

The Gala happens rain or shine! (we have tents).

So what's going on at this year's Garden Gala?
~Fabulous food and drinks by Blue Ridge Catering of Roanoke. This year's gala will feature wine and food pairing stations for wines of Virginia, California, and Spain! Signature wine cocktail - Rosewater Sangria (with Prosecco) plus several more wines and craft beers to choose from. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and many delightful small plates at the wine pairing stations. A bountiful Cheese & Charcuterie Board plus petite sweets round out the menu.

~Live and silent auctions of rare plants, garden art, vacations, and more. Bring your checkbook! A quick preview of items was mailed with your name tag; a much more complete Auction Item list is HERE (click!).

~Live music by the Bakery Boys Jazz Band

$70 per person, includes EVERYTHING

The Gala happens rain or shine; "Garden Party" attire, please (dressy casual)

Our 2013 Honorary Guest Hosts are Linda and Forrest Fieldler of Meadow of Dan, VA.

Our 2013 Honorary Gala Chairs are T. Marshall and Jean Hahn of Blacksburg, VA.

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


Want to help the garden even more?
Find out more about sponsorships in this letter.
Interested? Sponsorship forms are available here. Print off and send it in. Complimentary tickets at all sponsorship levels!

Check back in May 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).

A bit more about the Garden Gala and some words from our Gala Chairs and Guest Hosts:

The importance of the Garden Gala in helping fund this mission cannot be overemphasized. President Emeritus of Virginia Tech, T. Marshall Hahn, will serve as Honorary Gala Chair along with wife Jean H. Hahn. 

Marshall 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.”

Our 2013 Honorary Hosts are Linda and Forrest Fiedler of Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Forrest and Linda took the Master Gardener Training Class in 1993, and began volunteering at the Garden as a way of fulfilling their required volunteer hours. Those Monday night volunteer sessions quickly became an anticipated routine for them, and, here they are, twenty years later, still coming to the Monday night volunteer sessions.

"We have learned so much about gardening during the past twenty years of coming to the garden," says Linda. "We have seen the garden grow and expand to become an outstanding public garden which is an integral part of the University and of the community at large. As a bonus, we have made many great gardening friends, including the very generous staff and faculty. I know that I speak for all of the volunteers when I say that we take a great deal of pride in the garden, and work hard to keep it looking its best. We look forward to seeing you at the Gala in June, and sharing 'our garden' with you."


Sponsorship form and sponsorship information letter

Auction item donation form and donation information letter