Event Rentals at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is the perfect place for your meeting, reception, retreat, or other event.

We offer broad lawns and beautiful flowers, right on campus! Your caterer of choice can work out of the Pavilion kitchen, and there are several lovely lawn locations for tents. Please remember that this is a public garden - however, in the past, garden visitors have been very respectful of special events.

The Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion is ideal for small meetings and retreats (fewer than 50 people); larger events can be hosted under tents up to 40' x 60' on the tent lawn.

  • The Pavilion multi-purpose room seats 50 people, max. If your event hosts from 51 to 150 people and rain is even a remote possibilty, you'll need to rent a tent.
  • Holding your wedding or special event at the HHG helps our garden grow. We receive no operations budget from VT and are entirely self-supporting. We pay monthly fees such as phone, ethernet, and housekeeping, as well as hourly wages to students to monitor the Pavilion during events. Proceeds from weddings, events, plant sales, and our Friends of the Garden membership program provides funds for maintenance, new plants, student worker wages, and much, much more! For more information, please call 540-231-5970 or e-mail vtgarden@vt.edu.
  • Pavilion Availability Calendar

Please contact the garden to inquire about rates.  Rates vary depending on the length of rental, amount of people, and impact to the garden.  Please email Bri Wills, our Event Assistant, at bmwills@vt.edu for more information about renting the pavilion.

Note that an additional $250 cleaning/damage deposit is required and will be refunded within 7 days if not needed.

The Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion, completed June 9, 2006, offers a delightful staging area for weddings and other special events held in the garden. French doors open from the 660 sq. ft. multipurpose room to an ample porch and the lawn beyond. The entire building is ADA compliant, including kitchen and restrooms. Front entrance and porch is "on grade" for easy access from surrounding area.


  • Interior total including offices and restrooms: 2,200sq. ft.
  • Multipurpose room interior: 26' x 25' . 660 sq. ft.
  • French doors open to surrounding porch (under roof): three sides at 7' deep . 400 sq. ft.
  • Multipurpose area under roof including room and porch: 1,060 sq. ft. * Hall, lobby, and entrance alcove (can be used as overflow for multipurpose room) . 320 sq. ft.
  • Total covered public space available for staging event . 1,380 sq. ft. (includes hall, lobby, alcove, multipurpose room, and covered porch).

Other Amenities

  • Six silver high-top tables and 50 chairs
  • Projection screen
  • Wireless LAN via VT Wireless
  • Galley kitchen: 12' x 9', 108 sq. ft. (includes electric range and stove, sinks, and refrigerator).
  • Restrooms: Men's has one handicapped-accessible stall and two urinals.Women's has three stalls (one handicapped-accessible).
  • High and low drinking fountains near restrooms.
  • Small changing room (54 sq. ft.) accessible from women's restroom.
  • Multipurpose room has two recessed work areas with counter tops; one with double sink. - Can be exposed or hidden behind aluminum doors.
  • All interior spaces have full climate control (heating and cooling).
  • Two ceiling fans in the hall and two in the multipurpose room.
  • Recessed lighting throughout, including porch.

Important notes:

  • You must obtain an ABC permit to serve alcoholic beverages (many area caterers already have the license)
  • Campus regulations require a tent permit 30 days before the event through VT Facilities for tents larger than 900 sq ft. – we can take care of this for you.

For more information, please call 540-231-5970 or e-mail vtgarden@vt.edu.

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