It is THE best garden party in Blacksburg and we want to invite you to join us.
The Gala starts at 5:30 and ends at 9:00 p.m.
Our Gala is an evening of food, friends, and flora, and it will entertain you with two exciting auctions and the music of Pete Hastings and Paul Little on harmonica and guitar.
The Gala goes on - rain or shine! "Garden Party" attire, please (dressy casual - no jeans or shorts).
Food and drinks—featuring cocktails, wines, and craft beers from the region and beyond--are provided by Blue Ridge Catering of Roanoke. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and many delightful small plates. This year our food inspirations come from Italy and Japan since the Hahn is taking garden lovers to each country. Under the main tent is the Garden Grazing Station featuring a bountiful Commonwealth Cheese Board. Petite sweets round out the menu.
Live auction of premium offerings Silent auction of rare plants, garden art, and more. We accept credit cards! Preview some of our auction items here!
Our 2016 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.”
For 2016 we also honor Tom and Marge Teates for their long time support of the Garden, not just for their monetary support, but for the long hours given as volunteers. Tom and Marge are our Honorary Hosts for this year’s Gala.
Help us out with our planning by purchasing tickets prior to June 1 for $80 per person. After June 1, tickets are $95 per person.
This year again we have partnered with the student Horticulture Club to register our guests and help with running the Gala. The garden has had a long-standing relationship with students since its inception as they have had a major part in designing, installing and maintaining the garden. It’s only appropriate that we cement that relationship as we work together to raise funds to help support the Garden. You can download the Ticket Form here and can pay with check, cash or credit card. (There are no online credit card sales.). Tickets (in the form of name tags) will be sent out before the gala.
Want to help the garden even more? Be a sponsor! The real fundraising starts here. As you know, the Hahn Horticulture Garden is self-sustaining. All operating funds for internships, maintenance, plant acquisition, and new garden features depend on the generosity of our constituents. The importance of donors like yourself cannot be overemphasized. With that in mind, please consider being a Sponsor. Download the form here.