Weddings at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is a lovely place to host your wedding and reception!

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is primarily an outdoor wedding venue with broad lawns and beautiful flowers, right on campus! The garden can accommodate up to 150 people for your ceremony and reception. A rental of the Hahn Horticulture Garden includes access to the pavilion and allows you to rent a tent to place on the lawn for your guests.

For more intimate weddings (fewer than 50 people) the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion is an ideal place to host your reception. Weddings with more than 50 guests can be hosted outside under tents up to 40' x 60' on the tent lawn, while still having the use of the Pavilion for staging. 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.

A typical Hahn Garden wedding rental includes the following:

  • 9 hour garden and pavilion reservation the day of your wedding (must be over by midnight).
  • Access to the garden and pavilion the day before your wedding from 12pm-5pm for decoration, storing items, or your rehearsal.
  • Any choice of vendors (i.e. caterer, photographer, DJ).
  • Two separate large lawns for ceremony and reception
  • Beautiful garden setting and atmosphere

Download our Wedding Guide and our promotional material- lots of information and answers to FAQs!

Pavilion Availability Calendar


Fees:

  • Up to 150 people, access to facility the day before, w/ tent on lawn (not included)
  • Saturday or Sunday: $1,750
  • Weekdays $1,000
  • Off season (November 1 to March 31, any day of the week): $1,000

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.

Dimensions

  • 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

  • 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.

Please see our wedding guide for a comprehensive list of rental rules and regulations.

Important notes:

  • You or your caterer 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.
  • Event insurance is required for all weddings as well as any groups not affiliated with VT.
  • We are unable to restrict garden access to classes, students, and the general public who may be passing through the gardens. Our experience has been that students and visitors have been very respectful of special events. While we try to alert people to possible university and community conflicts that will increase traffic to the garden it is ultimately your responsibility to check before booking. Events that might increase garden traffic include high school prom and homecoming dances, university graduations, university athletic events, and more. It is your responsibility to be sure there is not a large event taking place at the university or the surround communities on your chosen date. We recommend not choosing a date when there is a large event on campus. Visit the University Calendar web site (http://www.calendar.vt.edu) or call 540-231-5005. We have no control over event additions or changes other than those at the garden.

Please email Bri Wills, our Event Assistant, at bmwills@vt.edu for more information.


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