The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson
We're in it for the long term. Years from now, our Horticulture students will bring their children back to the garden and point out "I helped plant that tree." As all who have gardened know, gardens are dynamic entities that require patience, hard work, creativity, and a bit of good luck. The Hahn Horticulture Garden is no exception. Our small but passionate staff does a lot with a little. Our community volunteers and student workers help keep it beautiful. In-kind donations of plants and services from generous green industry members and affiliates over the years have helped build the garden into the campus jewel that it is today.
There are many ways you can help support the mission of the Hahn Horticulture Garden: give a gift, join our Friends of the Garden membership program, or become a volunteer.
Donations to the Hahn Horticulture Garden may be made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, a tax-deductible organization. Ways to give include outright gifts and pledges, matching gifts, stocks or securities, gifts-in-kind, and deferred gifts/bequests. We have many projects – either renovations or new additions from the Phase II Master Plan - in need of funding. These are wonderful naming opportunities to honor a loved one or make a statement as a VT alum.
What a great way to make a difference! All funds help support our day-to-day operations and expansion.
Friends of the Garden annual membership benefits:
Membership levels available:
Note: You can join at any time with your membership expiring one year from the end of the month that you join. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your new membership card. Your contribution may be tax deductible’ however, since you receive some benefits from your gift, IRS rules may limit the deductible portion to 80% of the amount contributed. We recommend you consult your tax advisor to determine how the tax laws may affect you.
Gardens have long been regarded as a wonderful place to honor an indiviual, organization, or event. Since the Hahn Horticulture Garden's inception in 1984, more than 30 benches, structures, and garden features have been dedicated. Whether an entire garden feature is named or a simple teak bench in a shady corner, opportunties continue to exist throughout the garden. Contact Stephanie Huckestein for more information - (540) 231-5970.
Volunteers have played an important role in the garden since our beginning. We meet throughout the spring, summer, and fall on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. There are also additional day-time sessions during the week. All skill levels are welcome - it's a great way to learn and socialize as you work alongside experienced gardeners and enthusiastic newcomers. Call (540) 231-5970 to be added to our volunteer notice list.
Many green industry and allied businesses believe in our mission and help support the garden! Some contribute as sponsors of our Garden Gala. Others help by donating plants, products, or services. Many thanks to these long-term supporters: