Art in the Garden

art in garden logoHahn is not only a fabulous collection of living art; it is a showplace for artists from throughout the New River Valley and surrounding area. The Pavilion hosts 6 artist a year with a wide diversity of visual arts from photography to handmade paper; acrylics, watercolors and oils; mono-printing to metal work. The love of nature is shown in the creativeness of our local artists.

In 2015 the art went outside and Simply Elemental was born. Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the Hahn. It is held annually from August 1st and September 30th. Simply Elemental 2018 will be accepting submissions for Visual Art and for the first time Performing Artists as well!

In conjunction with the art shows, Hahn conducts meet the artists receptions, hands-on art workshops, speakers and garden-art tours. Watch our events calendar for dates.

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).

September 1 to October 31st:
Paintings By Gerri Young

Artist's Statement:

Mixed Greens

While the color green is not prominent in all the pieces in my show, nature is a thread throughout to a large or small degree, depending on the piece. The word “mixed” refers to the variety of media used—watercolor, acrylic, oil, paper, natural eco dying and dried botanicals. Even some of my writing is included in the old window depicting my childhood days on my grandparents’ farm on Happy Hollow Road. This piece is clearly the most unusual and heartfelt piece I have ever done. Sometimes I envy artists who use only one media. Life would be simpler that way, but I just can’t help trying to experience it all!

About the artist

With long-standing family connections to Blacksburg, Va., Gerri Young moved to the university town in 2010 after retiring from 43 years of federal service in Norfolk, Va., and Germany. She started seriously working on art in 2010, joined the Blacksburg Regional Art Assn., and has been president for several years. She has exhibited in many locations in the area, been accepted in a number of juried exhibitions and won a few awards. She keeps on working to become a better artist.

Most of the pieces on display are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hahn Horticulture Garden. Support the garden and decorate your home at the same time!

Simply Elemental is an outdoor, multi-artist installation integrated along the garden paths, plantings, and trees of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech. It is held annually between August 1st and September 30th.

For additional information, please visit the Simply Elemental website

Upcoming Shows

  • Nov/Dec: Matt Gentry (photography/sketches)

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You can have your own art displayed at the garden or buy artwork on display! Many of the artists sell their work from the pavilion after the show; giving 20% of the cost to the gardens to support Art in the Garden. Others donate art to the Hahn Garden for our annual fundraising Gala in June, while some have started selling their work in the Hahn Garden Gift shop. For more information on buying art or having your art displayed at the Garden contact

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